Category Archives: Philosophy of Conflict

Deeper thinking about what conflict means and how to think about it

Amazing Prescience from Carl Sagan (1934-1996)

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Colonel John Boyd’s (1927-97) The OODA Loop

Thanks to our correspondent Kakatoa for pointing out the link between Double Loop Learning and the OODA Loop of Colonel Boyd: here is the latter: from Wikipedia: The OODA loop has become an important concept in litigation, business, law enforcement … Continue reading

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How Not to Negotiate Trade Deals Post Brexit

Lifted from the UK Guardian comments this morning. Says it all really. And I post this for conflict and negotiation interest rather than a specifically Brexit point though despite my old friend Bill Ury teaching the British Cabinet Interest Based … Continue reading

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Blessed are the Peace Makers: Seamus Mallon (1936-2020)

From UK Tortoise News Feed: The most under-noted news of last week was the death of Seamus Mallon the 83 year-old former deputy first minister of Northern Ireland and deputy leader of the SDLP – the moderate nationalist party. He … Continue reading

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Arguing with Friends of Friends on Facebook: Ad Hominems and All

I have these arguments with friends of friends (FoF) on FB. My friends know better. 🙂 I post a typical fairly pessimistic political comment with say three points and some evidence/argument for each. This is what I think is going … Continue reading

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Beating Trump in 2020 as Per Deng Xiaoping

So roughly to answer a friend’s question how is Trump to be beaten? Assuming the election is close, which in Electoral College terms is likely, then it will be decided by a few hundred thousand voters in Wisc, Michigan, Penn. … Continue reading

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Double Loop Learning: Chris Argyris

I am always fascinated by the failure of businesses, of armies and recently of political parties to learn from their mistakes. Of course they have to admit them first and this requires that they among other things scrutinize their assumptions. … Continue reading

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Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s (1906-1945) Prescient Comments

While awaiting execution in April 1945,  member of the German Resistance to Hitler and religious thinker and Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer recorded a number of his thoughts in a work we now know as Letters and Papers from Prison. One of … Continue reading

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The World Today: Populists, Plutocrats, Left Brahmans and the People

The world today: Populists, who solve none of the problems but are great at blaming the Other, immigrants, women, gays and liberals for them while profiting mightily and corruptly The Plutocracy, who use the Populists to divert attention from their … Continue reading

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Aristotle on Inequality

“The best constitution is one controlled by a numerous middle class which stands between the rich and the poor. For those who possess the goods of fortune in moderation find it “easiest to obey the rule of reason” (Politics IV.11.1295b4–6). … Continue reading

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