Al LeBlanc's Blog – September 2016 Archive (2)

#Cyberpeacefare #Tyranny #George Santayana

"There is no tyranny so hateful as a vulgar and anonymous tyranny.  It is all permeating, all thwarting; it blasts every building, novelty and sprig of genius with its omnipresent and fierce stupidity.  Such a headless people has the mind of a worm and the claws of a dragon."  George Santayana

(It is incumbent on us all to recognize and oppose "anonymous tyranny", especially in a Presidential Election Year.  …

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Added by Al LeBlanc on September 23, 2016 at 3:51pm — No Comments

#Cyberpeacefare #Principles #Henry Ford

"We have always found that, if our principles were right, the area over which they were applied did not matter.  Size is only a matter of the multiplication table."  Henry Ford

(Reminds me of "systems engineering management principles" which are applicable to large complex defense and space systems, as well as to simple home hi-fi audio systems. CyberPeaceGadfly).

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Loisach Group and the Democratic Community Narrative

Senior Fellow Nikolas Gvosdev reports from the Berlin meetings of the Losiach Group, a U.S.-German strategic dialogue, where the trans-Atlantic relationship and the rise of China are important points of discussion. Could countering China be the basis of a new Euro-American conneciton?

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The Eurasia Group Foundation (EGF) has released its report on public attitudes towards U.S. foreign policy. Senior Fellow Nikolas Gvosdev notes that, like the project on U.S. Global Engagement at the Carnegie Council, EGF is attempting to get at the twin issues of "the chasm which exists between the interests and concerns of foreign policy elites and those of ordinary citizens" and "the reasons why Americans are increasingly disenfranchised from foreign policy decisions being made in Washington."

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