Small Winning Over Big – BIGTIME – from Armies to Wikileaks; from iPhones to Laptops

Posted on February 4, 2011

In casting about for word from academia on the current crisis in Egypt, I entered that lesser known part of the Google universe, “Scholar.”  It led me to a strangely formatted document with this quote:

[The] major world powers, new and old, also face a novel reality: while the lethality of their
military might is greater than ever, their capacity to impose control over the politically awakened
masses of the world is at a historic low. To put it bluntly: in earlier times, it was easier to
control one million people than to physically kill one million people; today, it is infinitely
easier to kill one million people than to control one million people
– Zbigniew []

The “source” of the quote is an “independent, Iran-based website.” Hamsayeh is a word in the Persian language meaning Neighbour.

Most of the articles and publications filed under scholar are from universities. It is unusual to find an international news website there.  But I was struck by the theory stated above because many of us have been of this opinion for a long while now.  Great military power cowers at people in the streets or a new-found truth.

We note the expansion of nuclear arsenals in North Korea and Iran.  We worry about what the growing Chinese Army will mean to the balance of power in the Pacific.  But small groups of savvy individuals have recently helped spark a revolution that brought down a government and set a spark in the Near East that has traveled as far East as Jordan.  Wikileaks has proved that an “invasion” does not always involve troops and bombs and use of all manner of force on the part of a state.

DroidX “phones” are not in many hands now but when they are, hot spots multiple people can access will be a mobile reality.  Coming soon, the ability to teleconference.  It will be an office in your pocket. Smallness is winning the information war.  Small forces- special forces – are found to be more effective in certain instances.  Small gas-efficient or electrically powered cars cars will soon overwhelm our highways and our homes will become smaller and more efficient as well.  Recently publicized was a mini-house in space-strapped Tokyo where a young man and his mother lived in 30 meters.

The above is not just a growing phenomenon in Tokyo, it has roots here as well. Witness Tumbleweed Tiny Houses:

Still think bigger is better?  Think again.



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