Category Archives: Economic Conflict

Much conflict has an economic basis, but also of course there is conflict that is directly economic: in ideas and policies

“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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Military Keynesianism and the Military-Industrial Complex

Interesting article in Real World Economics: Military Keynesianism and the Military-Industrial Complex December 27, 2016 “Theories of Military Keynesianism and the Military-Industrial Complex became popular after the Second World War, and perhaps for a good reason. The prospect of military … Continue reading

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Principled Resistance Principles

I responded to my friends’ election result despair with this riff: Principled Resistance Principles:  • The System is what needs to change • To change the System we need to understand it deeply as it is and as it works … Continue reading

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Conflict Handling: Michael Clayton Movie

I love the movie Michael Clayton for its insights into corporate pathology. But I think this scene below is also a perfect introduction into the process of helping one side in an impending conflict great real about their situation and … Continue reading

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UK Brexit and Interest Based Approaches

I thought it might be helpful to apply Interest Based Bargainging approaches to UK Brexit Negotiations?  1) The British Constitution since Henry VIII is one sentence: “Parliament is sovereign” or if you want to be a bit archaic: “the Monarch … Continue reading

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A Negotiator’s Take on Brexit

A professional Negotiator’s (that’s me 🙂 ) commentary on Brexit 1) The strength of any negotiation position is always the walk away option: what each side can impose without agreement unilaterally aka what is technically called the BATNA or Best … Continue reading

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Brexit Scenario Based Futuring

In honor of an optimistic and dear friend who helpfully counters my natural Eeyorisitic pessimissm, here is the scenario- based futuring of Peter Schwartz applied to Brexit. Schwartz thinks the future is specifically unknowable, but telling stories about possible alternative … Continue reading

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