Summary: Those paying attention to Snowden's revelations have learned much about our government (although we're told he told us nothing new). Those reading the government's defenders learned much as well. Not just that Snowden's revelations did immense damage, but also that we stand alone when resisting the government. Our best and brightest are on the … Continue reading America’s courtiers rush to defend the government – from us
Summary: Our reaction to the revelations about the NSA spying on us reveal much about America. Here we review some of the more interesting ones. See our New America in the mirror. Contents The usual suspects defend the government against us Our best & brightest defend the government, not us A real hero replies … Continue reading America’s wise men defend the government’s surveillance programs
Summary: I've written thousands of words about America's broken Observation-Orientation-Decision-Action (OODA) loop. Here we have examples of broken observation & orientation in action. These are the mechanisms that prevent us from seeing the world clearly, a precondition for acting effectively. The comment section is open for analysis of this problem. How did we come to … Continue reading Examples of America’s broken vision. Here’s why we cannot clearly see our world.
Summary: The Affair Assange provides a mirror in which we can see ourselves and our institutions. It's not a pretty picture. Today we look at our journalists. Their reaction to the opportunity provided by WikiLeaks, the competition provided by WikiLeaks, and the challenge to their triple loyalties (to us, to their guild, and to their … Continue reading The Affair Assange rips off the veil concealing the face of modern journalism
Summary: We love war. Our newspapers seldom show such exuberance except when we bomb some small nation. From “There’s Nothing Easy About War – The Libya Version“, Michael Cohen, Democracy Arsenal, 20 March 2011: I have enormous respect for Shadi’s passion around this issue – and the passion of those supporting the use of force. In … Continue reading Why we so often go to war (the short version)