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Another Aspect of the Dynamic Climate

Most of the climate that affects our lives is not the natural climate, but the climate of society. Strategically, however, the same rules apply. Though this climate exists in the movement of ideas, emotions, and decisions of people, not in the movement of air, water, and energy, the social climate is as dynamic, uncontrollable, and unpredictable as the natural climate. Like the natural climate, it swings from one extreme to another. You see these swings most clearly in every free market. You cannot legislate this human climate any more than you can legislate the natural climate.

The Battle Lines Are Drawn

At the horrifying risk of receiving comments that I am again disparaging the mainstream media unfairly, the decision of the NYT and the the LA Times to publish secrets about one of the world's most effective anti-terrorist programs has finally made it clear that the real battleground for the terror war, as I have said all along, is in the media itself. Rather than explain myself, let me quote Ace of Spades which makes the point more strongly than I would.

The Ground for Global Warming

Just finished training a number of comporate managers on strategy and have another book deadline coming up, so I don't have a lot of time to post, but the global warming question has generated so many thoughtful responses (recently from Steven D. and James B.) that I thought I would see if we can take the question back to issues of strategy, which after all, is the purpose of this blog.

Global Warming and the Scientific Tradition

Based on recent conversation of global warming, a reader sent me a link to this article which is a much more entertaining but even more precise expression of my points concerning the nature of the science of global warming. And he quotes Richard Feynman, one of my heroes, who titled his book, What Do You Care What Other People Think?

Bushes Middle Ground on Immigration

Strategy teaches that an opportunity is an opening. As such, it exists as a space that no one else has yet discovered. Compromises can represent openings when they exists as a middle space no one else can see. Sometimes you can even use a compromise to reveal the other parties' real priorities. Solomon's splitting-the-baby solution was a great example. Bad compromises are the worst of all possible worlds, half solutions that work as well as half a bridge, all cost and no value.

Illegals Protest: The Definition of Poor Strategy

As we often explain, basic strategy calls for "winning without conflict." If you push people, they naturally push back. Instead of trying to push opponents around, strategy looks for positions that isolate opponents by building relationships with their potential supporters. When it comes to good strategy, aggression is usually a form of self-indulgence. It satisfies your ego while hurting your position.

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