Syria and drawing the web of tensions

[ by Charles Cameron — with a Magnus Ransdorp squib in its tail ] . The issue is complexity, and how you represent it. The case in point is Syria. Here’s a diagram that suggests complexity as a sort of crazy weaving, all straight lines and colors: This *simple* chart shows all states of hostility […] Read more »

Recommended Reading—Summer 2016

[by J. Scott Shipman]   The Storm of Creativity, by Kyna Leski 2017 War With Russia, by General Sir Richard Shirreff The Wright Brothers, by David McCullough Serendipities, Language and Lunacy, by Umberto Eco Paradise, Dante Alighieri, translated by Mark Musa Undertow, by Stanton S. Coerr The White Horse Cometh, by Rich Parks Washington The Indispensable […] Read more »

Islamic State — hanging by a chad?

[ by Charles Cameron — light-hearted, almost science-fictional “butterfly-hurricane” question in geopolitics, with an Elkus follow-up ] . A scene from the 2000 Florida recount: Palm Beach County’s canvassing board chairman eyes a questionable ballot as Republican attorney John Bolton looks on. Image: Greg Lovett/AP ** Is the Islamic State an “unanticipated consequence” of Bush […] Read more »

Variations on the Blue Screen of Death

[ by Charles Cameron — where would we be without our digital devices, minds & memories? ] . Two converging thoughts, the first from John Robb at Global Guerrillas: Over the weekend, ISIS threatened the life of Jack Dorsey, a co-founder and Chairman of Twitter. Why? Twitter, at the urging of the US government, has […] Read more »

Gaza now stretches all the way to God

[ by Charles Cameron -- more on the hopelessly interdisciplinary nature of reality, all the way to Amichai, to God, no God ] . ** In this post, I’ll offer another “entry” into the complexities of the situation in Gaza, drawing largely and gratefully on a post by Derek Gregory — presently the Peter Wall [...] Read more »

Chet’s Boydian Post-Script to American Spartan

[by Mark Safranski, a.k.a. "zen"] Dr. Chet Richards had some kind words to say about my review of American Spartan the other day and added some Boydian strategic analysis to the saga of Major Jim Gant to boot: Zen Pundit on American Spartan  ….As Mark notes, the strategy of supporting local insurgents goes way back, and it can [...] Read more »

Boko Haram “makes Kony look like child’s play”

[ by Charles Cameron -- some angles on Boko Haram ]. . Boko Haram is irreducibly complex, quoth Tehu Cole: I understand the impulse to "do something." But Boko Haram is irreducibly complex. Makes Kony look like child's play. http://t.co/Vv3pYiycqK — Teju Cole (@tejucole) May 3, 2014 ** To get a little understanding of that [...] Read more »

Education: a call for actors, directors, composers, conductors

[ by Charles Cameron -- leaping as far out of the box from Education: on Engineers, the Navy — and excuse me, Jihad as I can manage ] . ** Let me dive directly in at the deep end. If, as Keith Oatley suggests, theatre is “simulation that runs on minds“, what does that tell [...] Read more »

Leap Worlds: my 3QD attempt

[ by Charles Cameron -- another runup to the glass bead game ] . Below you can read my submission to the wonderful 3 Quarks Daily “web aggregator” site as a candidate to join their regular Monday blogging team — it didn’t even make their “close but no cigar” list, but I wrote it and [...] Read more »

Ronfeldt’s In-Depth Review of America 3.0

   David Ronfeldt, RAND strategist and theorist has done a deep two-part  review of America 3.0 over at his Visions from Two Theories blog. Ronfeldt has been spending the last few years developing his TIMN analytic framework (Tribes, Institutions [hierarchical], Markets and Networks) which you can get a taste from here  and here or a [...] Read more »