Ian Bremmer quotes

  • In China, the state controls the corporations, whereas in the United States, the corporations control the state.
    -- Ian Bremmer

    #United States #Corporations #China

  • Authoritarian governments are now trying to ensure that the increasingly free flow of ideas and information through cyberspace fuels their economies without threatening their political power.
    -- Ian Bremmer

    #Government #Ideas #Political

  • I believe that if you go and ask a chief executive of a Goldman Sachs or a BP, and they answer you honestly...they want monopolies, they want government subsidies, they want preferences - they're not interested in free markets.
    -- Ian Bremmer

    #Believe #Government #Answers

  • State capitalism is about more than emergency government spending, implementation of more intelligent regulation, or a stronger social safety net. It's about state dominance of economic activity for political gain.
    -- Ian Bremmer

    #Intelligent #Government #Safety

  • The developed world should neither shelter nor militarily destabilize authoritarian regimes unless those regimes represent an imminent threat to the national security of other states. Developed states should instead work to create the conditions most favorable for a closed regime's safe passage through the least stable segment of the J curve however and whenever the slide toward instability comes. And developed states should minimize the risk these states pose the rest of the world as their transition toward modernity begins.
    -- Ian Bremmer

    #Curves #Risk #Transition

  • An emerging market is a country where politics matters at least as much as economics to the market.
    -- Ian Bremmer

    #Country #Matter #Economics

  • Political scientists don't work at banks which is a problem. As political issues become more important for the markets, analysts at banks are asked all sorts of questions they don't have the ability to answer. And if you're getting paid to answer questions as analysts at banks are you never want to be in the position of saying you don't know.
    -- Ian Bremmer

    #Issues #Political #Important

  • Sometimes you check things off because you've done them. If you aren't checking stuff off your bucket list, you aren't living very well.
    -- Ian Bremmer

    #Done #Sometimes

  • Everything today is "transient." Technology and its ability to empower actors large and small evolve so quickly that we have to get used to living in a world that exists in a more or less constant state of flux.
    -- Ian Bremmer

    #Technology #Empowering #World

  • I was fifteen in college at Tulane. I lied about my age in college so that I could be normal socially. So that girls would go out with me and stuff like that. I just said I was normal age.
    -- Ian Bremmer

    #Girl #College #Age

  • The government has to be on the side of the people if the corporations take too much power.
    -- Ian Bremmer

    #Government #People #Corporations

  • I think it's fantastically narcissistic to believe that in the entire universe, with all of the planetary systems that we've already discovered and the countless others that are out there, that we are the only forms of life.
    -- Ian Bremmer

    #Believe #Thinking #Narcissistic

  • There is too large a divergence at the moment in the interests and values of the world's most powerful states.
    -- Ian Bremmer

    #Powerful #World #Moments

  • I think political science is bad at prediction. We don't gaze into a crystal ball. I do not believe that we predict things.
    -- Ian Bremmer

    #Believe #Thinking #Political

  • Deeper state intervention in an economy means that bureaucratic waste, inefficiency and corruption are more likely to hold back growth.
    -- Ian Bremmer

    #Mean #Growth #Waste

  • Berlin is still a very edgy place, a very cosmopolitan place. It's a place where completely different ideas and cultures come together and clash in a very warm way. In a very warm-hearted way. It's a very young city. It's a vibrant city. It's an exciting city. It's a city that's also scarred by history. I think that's to be celebrated and graffiti is to be celebrated. Graffiti in Berlin is very different than when they spray something on the wall dividing the west bank and Israel. And should be treated as such in Berlin.
    -- Ian Bremmer

    #Wall #Thinking #Together

  • We're wealthy people. We're sitting here in New York, Washington. We live in a fantastically wealthy country. We don't have to worry about food. We don't have to worry about clothing. We wore the same shirt. We don't have to worry about our safety. It's very easy for us to be environmentalists. It's very easy for me to be an environmentalist. It's very easy for me to care about making sure that we protect the forests and the whales, and all that stuff. It's very hard for someone who makes $1,000 a year or some who makes less than $1 a day to care about the environment.
    -- Ian Bremmer

    #Country #People #Safety

  • I don't take things off. I either check things off or I add things.
    -- Ian Bremmer

  • NASA is increasingly not the future of space exploration. I love the fact that we have private sector folks devoting a lot of money to stimulate innovation in space technology.
    -- Ian Bremmer

    #Technology #Space #Innovation

  • The real question is not are there other forms of life in the universe, but are there other intelligent forms of life out there right now. Because the universe is not only really big but it's also really long. It's been around for a long time; it's going to be around for a long time.
    -- Ian Bremmer

    #Real #Intelligent #Long

  • Strong states and blocs of strong states are the only source of power and legitimacy capable of driving an international agenda in today's world.
    -- Ian Bremmer

    #Strong #World #Today

  • Academics were not a challenge when I was fifteen in college. The challenge was figuring out how to fit in socially.
    -- Ian Bremmer

    #College #Challenges #Fifteen

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