I recently attended a presentation on the shift in power over the centuries. The speaker argued that ...
- the power in the middle ages was in the churches, i.e., the priests and, thus, in the spiritual centers
- in contrast, in the 17th century there was a shift towards the political centers, i.e., the palaces and the kings and princes, alter also a shift towards democratic institutions
- nowadays, he argued, the power lies in the economical forces, i.e. the businesses and their CEOs
I suppose that this theory was taken from somewhere, but even with extensive research I could not find any sources for it.
Have you ever heard of a similar theory?