Harmful economic systems: Avoiding overthrow
Avoiding overthrow is very similar to preventing revolution. However, what is emphasized in this section is preventing overthrow by others who would maintain a structure of harm. There are two important issue areas:
The struggle for control of the government
President is said to flee as rebels seize capital of the the Central African Republic Adam Nossiter New York Times March 24, 2013
How is a structure of harm maintained?
One way is by installing/having supporters in key areas.
In election year, Iranian brothers could expand power Jason Rezaian Washington Post January 31, 2013
Children of China’s ‘Immortals’ are new capitalist elite Bloomberg News Washington Post December 26, 2012
North Koreans boost power of ruler's kin Martin Fackler and Mark McDonald New York Times September 28, 2010
Generals in Pakistan push for shakeup of government Jane Perlez New York Times September 28, 2010
Ahmadinejad reaps benefits of stacking agencies with allies Neil MacFarquhar New York Times June 24, 2009 This article describes how the President of Iran has created a pervasive network of important officials in the military, security agencies, and major media outlets.
As noted above, a key way is by killing, imprisoning, or otherwise marginalizing opponents.
Victor Carranza, Colombia’s ‘emerald czar’ and alleged militia patron, dies at 77 Libardo Cardona Associated Press/Washington Post April 5, 2013
A second key way is by controlling sources of wealth and then distributing the resulting income. Those who are responsible for maintaining the structure of power get paid.
Kenyan minister resigns (temporarily) over accusations that he sold a government hotel for one-third of its value BBC News July 8, 2008 (You will leave this site)