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  • Daemon of Decay
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    Originally posted by G David Bock View Post
    ^ There's a national "politics" somewhere on this planet that isn't corrupt?
    Sorry, my response was for my previous signature from Friedman saying the Internet could both educate and make us dumber faster than ever before.

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  • G David Bock
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    ^ There's a national "politics" somewhere on this planet that isn't corrupt?

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  • Daemon of Decay
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    Originally posted by G David Bock View Post
    ...We use technology to expand our wealth, power, and opportunities. The rest get high on pop culture.
    Check my signature.

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  • jeffdoorgunnr
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    Originally posted by G David Bock View Post
    There's quite a bit of "quotable" in this article and the other one you linked to, but I think this part is a good gauge;
    EXCERPT:
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    Secular and religious revolutionaries in our century have made the identical mistake, imagining that the workers of the world or the faithful just can't wait to go home at night to study Marx or the Koran. Well, Joe Sixpack, Ivan Tipichni, and Ali Quat would rather "Baywatch." America has figured it out, and we are brilliant at operationalizing our knowledge, and our cultural power will hinder even those cultures we do not undermine. There is no "peer competitor" in the cultural (or military) department. Our cultural empire has the addicted--men and women everywhere--clamoring for more. And they pay for the privilege of their disillusionment.

    American culture is criticized for its impermanence, its "disposable" products. But therein lies its strength. All previous cultures sought ideal achievement which, once reached, might endure in static perfection. American culture is not about the end, but the means, the dynamic process that creates, destroys, and creates anew. If our works are transient, then so are life's greatest gifts--passion, beauty, the quality of light on a winter afternoon, even life itself. American culture is alive.

    This vividness, this vitality, is reflected in our military; we do not expect to achieve ultimate solutions, only constant improvement. All previous cultures, general and military, have sought to achieve an ideal form of life and then fix it in cement. Americans, in and out of uniform, have always embraced change (though many individuals have not, and their conservatism has acted as a healthy brake on our national excesses). American culture is the culture of the unafraid.
    ....
    Thats some damn insightful stuff there......

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  • G David Bock
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    Originally posted by Escape2Victory View Post
    As Ralph Peters came up recently, I thought I would flag up one his best articles from Parameters, the US Army War College Journal. It was written nearly 20 years ago but served as an insightful guide to the future and remains pertinent, informative and highly readable today.

    http://www.informationclearinghouse....rticle3011.htm
    There's quite a bit of "quotable" in this article and the other one you linked to, but I think this part is a good gauge;
    EXCERPT:
    ....
    Secular and religious revolutionaries in our century have made the identical mistake, imagining that the workers of the world or the faithful just can't wait to go home at night to study Marx or the Koran. Well, Joe Sixpack, Ivan Tipichni, and Ali Quat would rather "Baywatch." America has figured it out, and we are brilliant at operationalizing our knowledge, and our cultural power will hinder even those cultures we do not undermine. There is no "peer competitor" in the cultural (or military) department. Our cultural empire has the addicted--men and women everywhere--clamoring for more. And they pay for the privilege of their disillusionment.

    American culture is criticized for its impermanence, its "disposable" products. But therein lies its strength. All previous cultures sought ideal achievement which, once reached, might endure in static perfection. American culture is not about the end, but the means, the dynamic process that creates, destroys, and creates anew. If our works are transient, then so are life's greatest gifts--passion, beauty, the quality of light on a winter afternoon, even life itself. American culture is alive.

    This vividness, this vitality, is reflected in our military; we do not expect to achieve ultimate solutions, only constant improvement. All previous cultures, general and military, have sought to achieve an ideal form of life and then fix it in cement. Americans, in and out of uniform, have always embraced change (though many individuals have not, and their conservatism has acted as a healthy brake on our national excesses). American culture is the culture of the unafraid.
    ....

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  • Escape2Victory
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    Originally posted by G David Bock View Post
    Within that first article link/"OP" there is quite the range of ground covered ...

    ... by page four(of 10 per my print-out) we have three tidbits summing some of Peter's premise that are like to stir a few ranged responses;

    ...
    ...American culture is not about the end, but the means, the dynamic process that creates, destroys, and creates anew. If our works are transient, then so are life's greatest gifts--passion, beauty, the quality of light on a winter afternoon, even life itself. American culture is alive.
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    ...The enduring popularity abroad of the shopworn Rambo series tells us far more about humanity than does a library full of scholarly analysis.
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    ...We use technology to expand our wealth, power, and opportunities. The rest get high on pop culture. If religion is the opium of the people, video is their crack cocaine. When we and they collide, they shock us with violence, but, statistically, we win.

    http://www.informationclearinghouse....rticle3011.htm

    Just a starter ...
    In my view that first para quote is the most important one. America has a unique dynamism because it drew the most dynamic and motivated people, first many of Europes brightest and best, later similar talent from Asia and elsewhere in the world. There are cultural factors at play that mean the likes of Russia and China will find it almost impossible to compete effectively as we plunge deeper into the Information Age.

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  • G David Bock
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    Within that first article link/"OP" there is quite the range of ground covered ...

    ... by page four(of 10 per my print-out) we have three tidbits summing some of Peter's premise that are like to stir a few ranged responses;

    ...
    ...American culture is not about the end, but the means, the dynamic process that creates, destroys, and creates anew. If our works are transient, then so are life's greatest gifts--passion, beauty, the quality of light on a winter afternoon, even life itself. American culture is alive.
    ...
    ...The enduring popularity abroad of the shopworn Rambo series tells us far more about humanity than does a library full of scholarly analysis.
    ...
    ...We use technology to expand our wealth, power, and opportunities. The rest get high on pop culture. If religion is the opium of the people, video is their crack cocaine. When we and they collide, they shock us with violence, but, statistically, we win.

    http://www.informationclearinghouse....rticle3011.htm

    Just a starter ...

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  • Trung Si
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    Two very insightful articles and I don't care if anyone else thinks so!

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  • G David Bock
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    Two of Peters' best there. Thanks!

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  • Escape2Victory
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    If you enjoyed Constant Conflict, 7 Signs of Non Competitive States is also excellent. Again, written in the 90s but it remains vibrant, instructive and relevant today.

    http://strategicstudiesinstitute.arm...ing/peters.htm

    Peters expresses himself much better in writing than the somewhat shrill figure that Fox demands he be, or he feels he should be.

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  • Trailboss49
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    Read it, very dang perceptive. My opinion of him just went way up.

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  • Escape2Victory
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    Constant Conflict

    As Ralph Peters came up recently, I thought I would flag up one his best articles from Parameters, the US Army War College Journal. It was written nearly 20 years ago but served as an insightful guide to the future and remains pertinent, informative and highly readable today.

    http://www.informationclearinghouse....rticle3011.htm

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