Cultural

The Media's Necessary Redefining of Failure

Those who work with words rather than in deeds think words can change the nature of reality. The most recent examples are attempts, before the fact, to define the upcoming elections in Iraq as a failure. To do this, all the media must do is claim is that, since not every Iraqi citizen can vote in perfect safety, they are being denied the right to vote. Therefore, the election is a shame even if a much higher percentage of Iraqis vote than in the US or England. It sounds good, so it must be true, right?

Predictions for 2005

Let me preface by saying that strategy teaches you NOT to make long-term predictions because, by definition, situations can be changed by people making the right decisions. Sun Tzu's strategy is more about recognizing opportunities as they arise and taking advantage of them. That said, I was asked by the Coast to Coast Radio Show to do a series of predictions for 2005 to discuss during my interview on the 19th. Here is my list: 1. Other governments in Middle East visibly start embracing democracy and freeing their economies.

Strategy for Democrats

Recently, Ted Kennedy said that the Democrats need a more progressive philosophy, in other words, to be successful; they must adopt his views, which are somewhat to the left of his party. His concerns are that by moving to the center, the Democrats will become "Republican clones." Strategically, the worst thing the Democrats could do is to reinforce the existing definition between the parties. That is, that Democrats are for more government programs at home and less use of American power abroad.

Seeing the World as It Is

In his first chapter on analysis, Sun Tzu teaches the importance of getting information from outsiders. New perspectives are critical to truly understanding any situation. Using this same logic, Sun Tzu would advise against using sources of information that have a limited and myopic viewpoint on the world, which for the last 50 or so years, unfortunately, has included most mainstream media. In this story from Fox News, we get a very different perspective on what is happening in the world than we normally get from the media.

The Persecution of Christians

As Christmas approaches, the cultural war within America rises again. As secularists try to erase every mention of Christianity from the public square, the ACLU leads the charge. Is it just me, or does it say something pretty good about America that the greatest "evil" the ACLU can find to mobilize against is people singing Christmas carols? Or does it say something pretty bad about the ACLU and their sense of priorities.

The Strategy of the UN and Oil for Food

Sun Tzu teaches that it is axiomatic that every organization has the desire to grow its power. Sun Tzu's strategy was developed as systematic process for realizing that desire. The purpose of that growth was to enhance the lives of those within the organization relative to those outside of the organization. As an organization grows, its compromizes the core philosophy that gives it unity and purpose. This in turn leads to organization decline and the rise of new organization.

Natural Law and Sun Tzu

Currently a little debate is forming over the concept of "natural law" because Clarence Thomas believes in it and he is a possible contender for the Chief Justice. Natural law is the basic concept that our rights and responsibilities come from nature not from the state. All of our founding fathers believed in natural law. Most attribute this law to God, but John Locke, the great English phylosopher, developed the theory without basing it on God.

Anti-Americanism

In reading this article about French anti-Americanism, I was reminded on a recent conversation I had with a Australian who had lived in England since he was a child. The conversation started blaming Iraq on American "colonialism." When I pointed out that the war on terror was worldwide, with people dying by the tens of thousands everywhere from Sudan to the Philippines, he said that it was all caused by American cultural imperialism in those countries.

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