Summary: We dream of superempowered individuals, seeing ourselves as Ayn Rand's Übermensch or comic book superheroes while we ignore the methods that made us powerful. Meanwhile, Islamic fundamentalists seek to recover formulas from their past that made them world leaders. We have the machinery yet not the will; they have the reverse. Which is more … Continue reading Who will find the key to power: America or the Middle East’s jihadists?
Summary: The fires expand over the Middle East, driven by centuries of relative decline and corrupt rule, stoked by our interventions. We struggle to understand this phenomenon, cutting through the lies and misinformation fed us. Today guest author Hal Kempfer takes us to the logical starting point: what to call this movement. "Kindness is a … Continue reading What’s in a terrorist’s name? A step to understanding the Islamic State.
Summary: How might the various jihadest organizations evolve during the next decade? They might follow the same path as emerging industries in capitalist economies, driven by the same forces of competition to to grow and innovate so that the best grow far larger than anyone imagined possible at their beginnings. We cannot imagine the details, … Continue reading Jihadists will prosper using the methods of America’s entrepreneurs.
Summary: Years of assassinating jihadists have improved the breed and boosted their popularity. Business 101 tells us what to expect: new entrants arise to exploit this opportunity. Their competition will accelerate evolution of better business practices, making the winners even more dangerous foes. There is one powerful group fueling this process, people we can persuade … Continue reading Business 101 tells us what to expect next from jihadists: good news for them, bad for us.
Summary: We've slowed the intensity of our efforts in the Long War, following failures in Iraq and Afghanistan. So the momentum shifts to our foes, as the fires we've sparked across the Middle East spread. Success in the next phase depends on what our military leaders have learned from their failures. Today a senior general … Continue reading A senior US general explains that we’re learning to fight 4GWs, but slowly