Center for Strategic Communication

Nativism on the March?

By Patricia H Kushlis Americans are facing one of the most difficult electoral choices since the founding of the Republic in 1789.  How is it possible to explain the Trump phenomenon even to ourselves let alone foreigners?  That was the primary question I was asked...

Intellectuals and their Romance with Political Barbarism

[by Mark Safranski, a.k.a. “zen“] Martin Heidegger, Eric Hobsbawm and Ezra Pound A  meandering post inspired by Reason Magazine and Charles Cameron. Reason.com is best known for giving a scrappy libertarian take on current events, crime, technology and pop culture,...

Early Endorsement

[by Mark Safranski, a.k.a “zen“] Stalin: Volume I. Paradoxes of Power 1878-1928 by Stephen Kotkin I’ve read quite a bit about old Uncle Joe. Most of the major biographies of Stalin sit on my shelf, including those from Adam Ulam, Roy Medvedev, Robert Tucker, Simon...

Two in the wild from @tinyrevolution, plus one

[ by Charles Cameron — in which my doppelgänger Jon Schwartz of Tiny Revolution comes up with a few of my ideas before I’ve even woken up, see “background” below ] . I’m posting this first pair of images with my friends Mike Sellers and Bryan...

“Optimizing the Potential of Special Forces”

[ by Mark Safranski – a.k.a “zen”] A remarkably blunt article on SF/SOF (“special forces” is being used as an umbrella term for both) in the context of policy and strategy, from the perspective of an emerging great power by LTG Prakosh Katoch of the...