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Problems of power resist
solution. As other aspects of our lives have been entirely transformed for the
better—the ability to communicate with each other, for example—just a little
over a tenth of the world lives in a full democracy, and democratization has
stalled or reversed in many parts of the world. Why is power a hard problem?
Maybe because it is necessary but dangerous, intimate but foreign—a
tangled externality, and possibly the very first one.