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).

Added by Al LeBlanc on September 3, 2016 at 11:06am — No Comments

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Increased foreign investment and engagement is producing, not democratization, but "authoritarian upgrading," where selected reforms are designed to legitimize a softer authoritarianism. This presents an ethical dilemma for international trade. What direction will China, Uzbekistan, Russia, and other "upgraded authoritarian" states evolve towards in the coming decade?

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