Cultural

Values, the "Secret Ballot," and Absentee Voting

Much of developing a strategy depends upon you specific hierarchy of values. Strategy forces you to make this hierarchy in your philosophy so you do not choose methods that meet lower level desires while sacrificing more critical values. This can happen in hundreds of subtle ways, but as the election approaches we see a direct conflict between the desires to increase voter participation and to protect voter from intimidation or bribery offer. The question is: which is most important?

The World of Real People Versus the World of the Media

The American Dream is alive. America is a great country not because its philosophy is perfect, but because its system gives the most people the most happiness. This article by Michael Medved discusses in detail perhaps one of the most important things you must understand about the defects of information in the information age.

The Greatest Philosophies of All Time

Philosophy is the core of every strategic position. Every war is essentially a war over philosophical differences. Therefore, the BBC is doing us a real service by having a contest to pick the top ten greatest philosophers of all time. Such a list will put the battles of our time into a greater historical context, but, unfortunately, their list is a joke. Notice anything missing from the list? How about those who are unquestionably the top four greatest philosophers of all time? If you don't think Christ, Mohammed, Buddha, and Moses are the gretest philosophers of all time, you simply don't think the opinions of regular people count for anything. I could add the Apostle Paul, Martin Luther, Lao-tzu, Joseph Smith, Ahmad al-Qadiana, Confucius, and a half dozen other religious philosophers whose thoughts are guiding millions of people today.

The Philosophic Emptiness of Modern Liberalism

I read this article on “What It Means to Be a Liberal” right after reading this article on “Have Democrats Rediscovered the Joy of Ideas?” And I was struck how both articles illustrate, from very different points of view, the problems that the current generation of Democrats has in creating a long-term viable strategic position. The worst thing that could happen to the Democrats long-term is for them to win control of both houses in this election cycle while they lack a core philosophy. At this point in the political cycle, they can win on the basis of not being Republicans, but nothing will illustrate their basic weakness more than being put in a position of power and having to take action. In the first article, By Geoffrey R. Stone tries to establish that liberals have a clear philosophy. He ends up establishing why they do not. He offers a list of ten items. This list perfectly illustrates both the sloppy thinking, internal contradictions, and hidden assumptions that arise in any attempt to construct a serious philosophy of modern liberalism.

Dynamic versus Static World View

Strategy views the world as a process. Sun Tzu's strategy is never about what a situation, person, or group is, but what that situation, person, or group is in the process of becoming. This dynamic view combats our natural tendency to see things incorrectly as absolutes. To capture this strategic view, you can substitute the phrase "are in the process of becoming" in any place you might normally use the word "is." Strategically, it is not completely accurate to say you are a man or a woman.

Can the American Dream Survive in a Culture of Critics?

Strategic positions are either advanced or they erode over time. The strength and creativity to advance a strategic position comes entirely from your belief in its underlying philosophy. While philosophies hold organizations together, the organization is physically supported by its ground, that is, its economic base. Societies are destroyed when components within a society are financially rewarded by staking out ground that attacks the society’s unifying philosophy. There are two large “complexes” in America that that are financially rewarded by attacking our underlying philosophy. Today, we will define just one of these, the “academic-entertainment complex.”

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