Center for Strategic Communication

Review: The Rule of the Clan

[by Mark Safranski / “zen“] Rule of the Clan by Mark Weiner I often review good books. Sometimes I review great ones. The Rule of the Clan: What an Ancient Form of Social Organization Reveals about the Future of Individual Freedom  by Mark S. Weiner gets the highest...

Book Bonanza

[by Mark Safranski, a.k.a. “zen“] My usual yuletide haul of books received and purchased….                         The Last of the President’s Men by Bob Woodward Being Nixon: A Man Divided by Evan Thomas Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe 1944-1956 by Anne...

The Chinese Strategic Tradition: A Research Program (I)

[By T. Greer] . We’re honored and delighted to announce that blog-friend and commenter T Greer has accepted Zen’s invitation to join us as a member of the Zenpundit team, and trust the following post in two parts will stir fruitful conversation not only here at ZP but...

Book Review: The Discovery of Middle Earth

[reviewed by Lynn C. Rees] As The Discovery of Middle Earth: Mapping the Lost World of the Celts nears its end and appeals to Geoffrey of Monmouth as a source of historical truth proliferate, even the most oblivious reader starts to get the joke: Geoffrey’s Historia...

Warren McCulloch’s lifetime koan

[ by Charles Cameron — from intuitive leap to confirmation in a celebrated paper by neurophysiologist and cybernetician Warren McCulloch ] . As I mentioned in my earlier post, Close reading, Synoptic- and Sembl-style, for parallels, patterns, there are times...