People-Powered Projects Are Ruled by Tyrants

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A recent Wired Magazine article posits the following about the inevitable nature of both a successful entrepreneur and a successful iconoclast: “A certain amount of megalomania is a prerequisite for any entrepreneur. You can’t believe you’re the world’s best answer to an important problem without at times coming off like an arrogant prick.”

via Why People-Powered Projects Are Ruled by Tyrants | Magazine.

No matter what stance you have when it comes to WikiLeaks, there is no denying that the project is something of a cult with Julian Assange as the leading figure, not unlike the counterculture icon Ken Kesey depicted in Tom Wolfe’s novelized non-fiction The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test or the cult of capitalism and its never-ending wonders depicted in Charlie and The Chocolate Factory.

Either way, these figures manage to get followers to drink the Kool-Aid, and get in line for their golden tickets. But these people do not have a magical hold on everyone. Followers could be impressionable, or they could be using their membership in a group to fulfill something in their own lives without the need to be in the centre of it. There’s always a co-dependency between cult leaders and their disciples.

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