David Maister asks on his weblog how and why civilized society in most countries has triumphed over warlords. An interesting topic of course. If we'd find useful answers we could benefit both in international politics and in business organizations (where tyrannical behavior is not quite extinct, see Bob Sutton's blog with many stories on assholes in organizations). I like the topic and the way David phrases the question which is inherently solution-focused (he essentially asks: what has worked in the past to solve this problem?). I posted a response on David's site linking to two perspectives on how civilization has managed to triumph over warlords. You can follow the continuing conversation here.