Category Archives: Conflict History

Conflict in practices: lessons from world history

The Murdoch Virus

I was today discussing the psychological problems that seem to be infecting the world, and I wondered if the world was suffering from a mental virus I call the Murdoch Virus. Murdoch started off poisoning Australian public life, and the … Continue reading

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Progressive Ideas Vacuum

You would think that with authoritarian plutocrat-corrupted bigoted populists winning elections in Brazil, in the US, in Russia, in Europe, in the Philippines, wherever, you would think progressives would be doing deep thinking as to why this is happening. You … Continue reading

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US Border Refugee Crisis

On the refugee crisis on the US southern border some causal data. 1) The US has been de-stabilizing Central America for 150 years with military and other interventions and Guatemala is the latest case 2) Climate change, for which the … Continue reading

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The Real Adam Smith: Jesse Norman

A fine article from the UK Financial Times by Conservative MP Jesse Norman: Capitalism In search of the real Adam Smith How would the father of modern economics reform 21st-century capitalism? Jesse Norman “Capitalism in flames, populism and nationalism on … Continue reading

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The Medium is the Message: Historical Impact of New Technologies

New media are usually haled as a major step in the spreading of enlightenment and knowledge. However: In 1487 two Dominican Friars Heinrich Kramer and Jakob Sprenger published “Malleus Malificarum”, (Hammer of the Witches) the definitive treatise on why someone … Continue reading

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Conflict Book Review: Anatomy of Failure: Why America Loses Every War it Starts: Harlan Ullman

Good book review of an interesting book: in today’s UK Financial Times: The man who coined the ‘shock and awe’ strategy explains the US military’s dismal record.  Washington thought Vietnam would be the next communist domino to fall. People who … Continue reading

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Russia, America and the Contest of Sick Systems: Gideon Rachman

A stellar article in today’s UK Financial Times by Gideon Rachman: the Last Man Standing Theory: Internal resilience, not external strength, will determine the century’s power struggles. What was Vladimir Putin thinking? Viewed from the west, the Russian president’s decision … Continue reading

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