Warren realized that democracy, with its multiple viewpoints and open dialogue, gave an organization the best possible chance to address uncertainty and to adapt. That formed the basis of a famous prediction fifty years ago, by Warren and his colleague Philip Slater, that the democratically governed United States would inevitably outlast the autocratic Soviet Union. That prediction startled and amused skeptics in 1964, during the height of the Cold War. Democracy was seen, after all, as a sentimental notion and perhaps a moral imperative, but it wasnt seen as nearly as effective as authoritarianism. Bennis successfully challenged this view, although ironically it is on the ascendance again, given the rise of China and political dysfunction in the West.
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