Category Archives: Geopolitics

Never Mind Article 9, Japan needs PMCs

Never mind amending Article 9 of the constitution, what Japanese people need are private military & security companies. The murder of two Japanese men by Jihadi John and the Islamic State highlights the inability of the Japanese government to protect … Continue reading

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A Federated Libya?

The apparent chaos, conflict, and social strife evident in the world stimulates calls for political solutions. Various think tanks, government agencies, and international bodies have offered solutions to a range of crises dominating the headlines. One such crisis is the … Continue reading

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State Formation as Organized Crime

“…states organize violence in ways similar to organized crime; states simply do it on a larger scale…” State Formation as Organized Crime.

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All sides value propaganda…

Flames Of War.  Glorifying sacrifice and the honor of death in battle is the clarion call of all militants.  All belligerent groups engage in it.  History is not solely written by the victors.  Modern communications allow competing narratives.  As the jihadist … Continue reading

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Principle-Agent & The Security Contractor

Private military contractors and private security companies are oft maligned for their involvement with the campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan. This criticism is justified to the degree that they were violently carrying out failed foreign policies and misguided interventions. As … Continue reading

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Propaganda w/80% Truth

Every lie has 80% truth…and must in order to make it believable.  The Russians are masters of this and gained a lot of practice for it in propping up the Soviet version of socialism for over seventy years.  Their perspective on … Continue reading

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Tribes, Security & Justice

  In this great big land of ours known as the earth, the various spaces are currently administered through various political jurisdictions. Natural terrain features, such as a river, valley, mountain range, or some other distinct boundary generally form what … Continue reading

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Sun Tzu and the ISIS Threat

Sun Tzu wrote in Chapter 8 of The Art of War: “Do not depend on the enemy not coming, but depend upon our readiness against him. Do not depend on the enemy not attacking, but depend on our position that … Continue reading

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Choice As The Check On Encroachment

It is not any constitution, charter, or public institution that can limit the size and scope of government. All of those documents and offices are governmental by their nature and as such, skew toward the favor of the incumbent. In … Continue reading

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Contentious Counting Rods

“…knowing the foe is harder than strategists like Sun Tzu allow. Foreign militaries resemble “black boxes” in peacetime…outsiders know what they look like outwardly. They can tabulate lists of ranges, payloads, and other technical specifications, and venture informed guesswork about … Continue reading

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