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Author(s)

Eugen Tarnow

Volume

11

Issue

3

Publisher

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Abstract

I propose a simple quantitative model of how the power of a leader over a group is amplified when he or she starts to order the group. This model implies that a small well-informed minority can easily govern a previously ordered majority such as hijacked passengers. The model suggests the importance of a new concept, “group defense” that may be helpful in preventing fatal hijackings such as the ones that occurred on September 11.

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