Category Archives: Conflict History

Conflict in practices: lessons from world history

Conservative Vulnerability to Political Lies

I was thinking as I walked this morning: why are lies now so effective in politics and when the lies are pointed out, it has no effect? Well, here’s some riff on the Right, someone else can do the Left especially … Continue reading

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Perfect Solution or Salami Slicing: Gun Deaths in the USA

 If one actually wanted to reduce the 33,000 gun deaths a year in the USA you would do what we would do in business with a big hairy problem: salami slice it into doable chunks. You would not assume you … Continue reading

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The Alt Left in the USA

Someone asked me to explain the so-called Alt Left in the USA, the far left, some of whom support Senator Bernie Sanders, though I am not sure if he shares many of their views. This was my reply, based on … Continue reading

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Definitions of a Demagogue

From Kent Johnson: “A demagogue must be neither an educated nor an honest man; he has to be an ignoramus and a rogue.” — Demosthenes, 4th C BC “The peculiar office of a demagogue is to advance his own interests, … Continue reading

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Brexit Chest Thumping Versus Skilled Negotiation: Jonathan Powell

At last a piece of Brexit analysis by someone who has done many difficult negotiations in the past and who has learned from them: Stop the Brexit chest thumping: successful negotiators build trust. The UK must refrain from overplaying its … Continue reading

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Gettysburg Address: Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) Redux

Once again it feels like we are in a political Civil (or even uncivil) War, once again at Gettysburg: “Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated … Continue reading

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Wars of the 20th and 21st Centuries: Piero Scaruffi

Useful information from Pierro Scarfuri: Wars and Casualties of the 20th and 21st Centuries (slowly extending it back to the 19th century as i find data)by Piero Scaruffi 160 million people died in wars during the 20th century (See also … Continue reading

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