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How would you take over the world?

This is meant to be a fun and creative forum where you can tell the TED community how you would take over the world or die trying! To start off let's say you are from an upper middle class family in the United States of America. Obviously intelligence and leadership skills are given. What would be your path to world domination without destroying the whole planet in the process?


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  • Dec 27 2012: One possibly way would be the Hoover method, named after J. Edgar Hoover, a man who was rumored to have dirt on everyone in politics. Imagine this on a global scale. Blackmail the world's leaders into allowing you to be involved in any or all decisions made by the leaders of whichever country. Because then you know what is happening in every country, and that sort of knowledge would be the ultimate power.
    • Dec 27 2012: Ya', that would be a good way...But I think Putin's trying it now.
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      Dec 28 2012: So become the head of the NSA internet spying program, is that what you are saying? :)

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