“Pendulum” Authors Say “Enemy” Designation for WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange Indicates Worrisome Bigger Picture

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Authors Roy H. Williams and Michael R. Drew point to the vilification of WikiLeaks founder as illustrative of a greater cultural attitude—what is different is wrong.

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We live in a time when it's not who or what you represent that defines you but how different you are from whatever is considered to be the prevailing norm.

Roy H. Williams and Michael R. Drew, authors of “Pendulum: How Past Generations Shape Our Present and Predict Our Future,” point to the recent vilification of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange as an “enemy” as indicative of a greater cultural attitude of exclusion and fear of that which is perceived as different. According to “Pendulum,” society is moving from a more collective, community-minded era into one where finger-pointing and scrutiny against anything considered against the grain becomes more popular and acceptable.

“People are considered more by what they are not than by who they are today,” states author Michael R. Drew. “We live in a time when it's not who or what you represent that defines you but how different you are from whatever is considered to be the prevailing norm. So it's easy to label Assange an enemy of the state (whether or not that's true) as a way of making him seem evil, rather than as a self-promoter of dubious character whose website leaked embarrassing documents about governments' travails in war and peace.”

In researching over three millennia of cultural, political and social history, Mr. Williams and Mr. Drew found that there are predictable cycles that occur every 40 years. These cycles move from individualistic “me” eras to more cooperative, civic-minded “we” eras. The current “we” cycle began in 2003.

Our current position puts us nearly a decade into a “we” era, a time at which the authors say there is a palatable shift into an “I’m OK, you’re not OK” type of thinking. At this point, society begins to take things too far in how it views other people. In the current cycle, now is the perfect time for someone who is considered too much of an iconoclast, like Assange, to be considered “anti-community.”

The authors believe that Assange’s targeting as an “enemy” reveals something very important about how society thinks and the direction that we are heading.

Mr. Drew states, “In this case the new normal is calling someone a traitor, or even hinting that a person might be an enemy of the state, for revealing information that isn't all that damning but instead shows the fallibility of any government in its diplomatic relations. It's no longer, ‘Ask what you can do for your country,’ but “Your country considers you dangerous for being different.’”

“Pendulum: How Past Generations Shape Our Present and Predict Our Future,” is now available at all major booksellers and is published by Vanguard Press. For more information, or to order a copy, visit http://www.thependulumbook.com/.

About the Authors
Nicknamed “the Wizard of Ads” by an early client, Roy H. Williams and his staff have often been the unseen, pivotal force in amazing come-from behind victories in the worlds of business, politics, and finance. With over forty branch offices in the US, Canada, the UK, Australia, and Guatemala, Wizard of Ads, Inc. serves the advertising and marketing needs of business owners around the globe. Mr. William’s books and Monday Morning Memos are a constant source of fascination and entertainment for his students and friends. His previous books, The Wizard of Ads, Secret Formulas of the Wizard of Ads, Magical Worlds of the Wizard of Ads all reached bestseller status. Roy teaches creative thinking, strategic planning, and human persuasion in a three-day Wizard Academy that, since its launch in May of 2000, has attracted a roster of students that includes many of the world’s most forward-thinking and successful CEOs, educators, journalists, inventors, and consultants.

Since the age of nineteen, Michael R. Drew has become a leading book marketer in the publishing industry, propelling nearly 75 books onto national bestseller lists, including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and The New York Times, and garnering over 1,000 #1 rankings for books on Amazon.com through his Promote A Book services. Michael heads a marketing agency that strives to build strong and real relationships with his clients and their audiences, increasing sales in a natural manner, and maximizing the depth and longevity of that relationship through its Persona Architecture and Platform Building programs. Michael has presented the Pendulum theory on stage with and for the Dali Lama, Sir Richard Branson, and Steven R. Covey, and privately for the Executive Committee at Franklin Covey.

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