EPIGRAM

Strategy as Chess: The Checkered Record
Strategy as Chess: The Checkered Record  


November 7, 2014  

Chaos, Schlieffen, and the best laid plans of the planners As the second James Bond flick, From Russia with Love (1963),... 

Mass versus Force
Mass versus Force  


March 23, 2014  

Legitimacy loves the art of persuasion In their conclaves in various enclaves (‘think tanks’ and spas), military strategists... 

Keats, Machiavelli and Truth
Keats, Machiavelli and Truth  


November 11, 2013  

How our humanity (or our future) is distressingly contingent on context “To betray philosophy is the gentle treason /... 

The Individuals and the Anonymous
The Individuals and the Anonymous  


June 17, 2013  

Great men and women debunked, but passing and accidental heroes are here to stay There are individuals and there are the... 

On Humanity’s Moats and Bridges
On Humanity’s Moats and Bridges  


March 5, 2013  

Between identity and difference, the impulse for identity has proven more destructive Two principles rule in human affairs:... 

On History Repeating
On History Repeating  


October 4, 2012  

How human history is invented, written, encountered and, in the end, irresistible For hundreds of thousands of years of... 

Stateless People, People-less States
Stateless People, People-less States  


June 7, 2012  

Why the State as organizing framework remains stable, while the people it serves may be (made) vulnerable The media buzzwords,... 

The Future is Red in Tooth and Claw
The Future is Red in Tooth and Claw  


February 7, 2012  

Parting volleys on humankind’s arenas of contention Cooperation is local, competition is pandemic. It has always been... 

On Magnanimity and Ruthlessness
On Magnanimity and Ruthlessness  


October 19, 2011  

And why the first refines, or needs, the second Magnanimity heals the rift; ruthlessness seeks to erase the opponent. Both... 

On Language, Logic and Lies
On Language, Logic and Lies  


June 27, 2011  

Why we keep talking, talking, talking The great 18th century French diplomat Talleyrand once said that speech was given... 

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