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The United States is preparing for the wrong war - The Washington Post
Generals are often accused of fighting the last war. Actually, they are more likely to prepare for a future war that never arrives while neglecting a current conflict.
foreignpolicy  cyberwar  Election2016  HybridWarfare  dod  donaldtrump  russia  strategy  military  wapo  COIN  MaxBoot 
april 2018 by Kirk510620
Book review of Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations by Amy Chua - The Washington Post
We have forged a national identity that transcends tribal politics — an identity that does not belong to any subgroup, that is strong and capacious enough to hold together an incredibly diverse population, making us all Americans. This status was hard-won; it is precious.”
donaldtrump  wapo  books  tribalism  partisanship  psychology  Election2016 
february 2018 by Kirk510620
How experts can regain our trust
of fashion. Populists dismiss them as doofus elitists without common sense. But Steven Sloman, cognitive scientist at Brown University, says we’ll always need experts. That’s because most of us are ignorant about almost everything. It couldn’t be otherwise, argues Sloman: the workings of a fridge are complex, let alone the economy or the climate. Common sense usually isn’t enough because complex systems are rarely intuitive. Nor can everyone acquire all-purpose expertise: the brain has only about one-16th the memory storage space of a low-end thumb drive. So a “cognitive divi
ft  DonaldTrump  Election2016  populism  humility  communication  engagement  science  uk  climatechange  Brexit 
october 2017 by Kirk510620
US senator Bernie Sanders on socialism and Donald Trump
dies a photo of the large ancestral house in Slopnice, Poland, and a picture of the SS Lapland, the ship in which his father Eli sailed from Belgium to the US in 1921. The genealogist recites the fate of the relatives who stayed in Slopnice: “The Nazis came and your father’s half-brother was shot in the town square, in 1941.”

“Yep,” says Sanders.

The genealogist continues: “And his 11-year-old daughter Elena was killed as well.” He trails off awkwardly: “So every family has its story to tell.”

Sanders tells us that he and his brother went to meet the mayor of Slopnice, whose father remembered being at school with Elena. “The father said, ‘She was a beautiful little girl and she didn’t look Jewish. But they took her anyway.’ ”

Sanders rejects the A
ft  SimonKuper  SenBernieSanders  Election2016  DonaldTrump  government 
june 2017 by Kirk510620
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