Jordan Harbinger & Alastair Smith

Alastair Smith | The Dictator's Handbook Part Two

16 Feb 2023 • 79 min • EN
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Alastair Smith is the Bernhardt Denmark Chair of International Relations at New York University, professor of political science in the Wilf Family Department of Politics, and co-author (with Bruce Bueno de Mesquita) of The Dictator's Handbook: Why Bad Behavior is Almost Always Good Politics. [This is part two of a two-part episode. Find part one here!] What We Discuss with Alastair Smith: How do dictators come to power and remain in power even when their policies serve only themselves and not the people under their "leadership?" Why do the majority of people living under dictatorships suffer in impoverished squalor, and how does foreign aid empower these dictators rather than help the general populace? Why do dictators consistently hate freedom, the media, and seemingly their own citizens? Why does bad behavior so often make for good politics — even in the most progressive nations? Are our own governments beyond saving, or can we use lessons learned here to make them work for us? And much more... Full show notes and resources can be found here: This Episode Is Brought To You By Our Fine Sponsors: Sign up for Six-Minute Networking — our free networking and relationship development mini course — at! Like this show? Please leave us a review here — even one sentence helps! Consider including your Twitter handle so we can thank you personally! 

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