What the break-up of the Beatles teaches us about geopolitical security and stability

Friday, March 30, 2018

One of the most vital political risk commandments to master is knowing the overall nature of the system you are evaluating in terms of its power distribution. Only by knowing the nature of the world you live in — and its stability — can any policy or any analysis actually hope to be successful.

The best (and most entertaining) way to look at the change of power dynamics in a world order is to chronicle the startlingly quick unraveling of the greatest pop group in history. The Beatles went in lightning fashion from a period of artistic and commercial dominance in the mid-1960s (with “Rubber Soul,” “Revolver,” and “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”) to their demise in 1970 (following “Let It Be” and “Abbey Road”) in a blink of a historical eye.

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