The influential British historian Niall Ferguson is the sort of polymath intellectual prone to painting historical narratives with broad-brush strokes. His new book, The Square and the Tower: Networks and Power from the Freemasons to Facebook, is an opus whose central thesis will appeal to millions of global “netizens” hard-wired to Facebook, Instagram and countless other social-media networks.
Birmingham native Condoleezza Rice became the first African-American woman to hold the position of secretary of state. Rice – who served in the administration of President George H.W. Bush as a Soviet analyst and adviser on the National Security Council – was hired by George W. Bush to provide foreign policy advice during his presidential campaign and was appointed national security adviser after his election.
David and Joan Traitel Building, Hoover Institution, Stanford University
Hoover’s 2017 Fall Retreat—featuring one of the institution’s most distinguished guest speakers ever, the milestone dedication of the David and Joan Traitel Building, and a multi-day series of talks on restoring economic prosperity—was an extraordinary cap on a year of major accomplishments.
Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson talks about is new book, The Square and the Tower, and Ferguson notes that networks of people, not individuals, are responsible for producing and promoting the great political, economic and philosophic ideas that have guided Western society from its humble origins to its present greatness.
Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses social networks and hierarchical power and notes that If you want to understand what a truly hierarchical political system looks like, just look at Joseph Stalin's Soviet Union.
Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses his new book The Square and the Tower, which lays out the rich history of networks from ancient Roman cults to alliances among the Renaissance Medicis to our current network of connectivity. Ferguson notes that social networks tout their ability to expose corruption and topple the powerful, but according to Ferguson social networks are disrupting democracy itself.