Category Archives: Conflict History

Conflict in practices: lessons from world history

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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“Learning to Die in the Anthropocene” by Roy Scranton

Well I just read in one sitting Roy Scranton’s “Learning to Die in the Anthropocene: Reflections on the End of a Civilization” (Hint the book is not about individual, but imminent civilizational mortality and can be summed up in one … Continue reading

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Pseudo-Revolutions from Above: Former Soviet Union and Trump’s America

Some history people don’t understand, at least as I see it. The fall of the former Soviet Union as described in “Revolution from Above: The Demise of the Soviet System” by David M. Kotz was not a bottom up revolution, … Continue reading

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