Tag Archives: Carl von Clausewitz

mao: “revolution is not a dinner party”

Ignore von Clausewitz at your peril.He died in 1831, but his book, On War, is unfortunately something ignored more often than not stacking the odds in favor not winning a war…. If Clausewitz’s influence has been so often catastrophic, there … Continue reading

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clausewitz: “its absolute form”

In Clausewitz’s view, it is absurd to try to “win” wars by military means alone, because, as he says, no major plan of war can bemade without political understanding and insight.  The political setting not only determines the aims and … Continue reading

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war: a continuation of policy by other means

A deaf ear to Clausewitz and how not to win a war. He died in 1831, yet we still haven’t grasped the lessons in the post WWII age: Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran? …… In distinguishing between the defensive and the … Continue reading

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How not to win a war

How not to win a war? A good beginning would be to ignore Karl Maria von Clauswitz- as we have apparently have been doing for the past seven decades…. Since 1945, under the stimulus of the Cold War, an immense … Continue reading

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fold up the tent: patriots with bonds in their pockets

…As the U.S. miltary officially leaves Iraq, much of us are still puzzled by the phenomenon of this conflict which pits the social, the psychological and the economic in contradictory positions vis. a vis. conventional thinking. Can the conflict be … Continue reading

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loose lips sink ships: uncertainty principal

As Clausewitz postulated, war is simply a means for a pre-determined purpose. A continuation of policy which implies a rather solid and usually sordid link between politics and war. There have been newer theories, which may actually be clever repackaging … Continue reading

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they don’t like mondays

Are wars simply a matter of sex and psychology: irrational alpha males grabbing the bananas and lovemaking at the top of the tree with his submissive sweet fruit? Or in conflict conducted in a purposeful manner by thinking and reflective … Continue reading

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getting no satisfaction: a hollow world going wrong

Desire and Disillusion. That technical progress with its transformational capacity could finish by alienating the individual giving rise to consumerism fueled by invidious comparison and a spirit of competition which would appropriate Darwininian contexts to establish political, social and hegemonic … Continue reading

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writing from the port side

These things happen. John Galsworthy became involved with a girl whom his family which to distance their son from at all costs. Since his father, who was to be the senior member of the Forsyte family in Galsworthy’s The Forsyte … Continue reading

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sweet black angels of history

Aldous Huxley spoke of a utopianism as we  evolved into a type of post-human; our immutable human nature changing as the genetic re-write and reproductive revolution matures heralding an closure on the Darwin era. In the meanwhile, history has shown … Continue reading

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