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The paradox of dominance: The age of civilizational conflict | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
"American dominance of conventional military capabilities has forced potential competitors to explore asymmetric responses. Some of these, such as cyber conflict capabilities, may appear primarily tactical, but taken together with emerging strategic doctrines such as Russian "new generation warfare" or Chinese "unrestricted warfare" and unpredictable and potent technological evolution, an arguably new form of warfare—"civilizational conflict"—is emerging. This does not mean that current strategic and operational doctrine and activities are obsolete, but it does mean that a new conceptual framework for conflict among cultures is required, within which such more traditional operations are developed and deployed."
conflict  future  civilization  war  military 
march 2015 by tsuomela
The Center for Nonviolent Communication | Center for Nonviolent Communication
Nonviolent Communication (NVC) is based on the principles of nonviolence-- the natural state of compassion when no violence is present in the heart. NVC begins by assuming that we are all compassionate by nature and that violent strategies—whether verbal or physical—are learned behaviors taught and supported by the prevailing culture. NVC also assumes that we all share the same, basic human needs, and that each of our actions are a strategy to meet one or more of these needs. People who practice NVC have found greater authenticity in their communication, increased understanding, deepening connection and conflict resolution.
communication  education  nonviolence  conflict  conflict-resolution  mediation 
march 2014 by tsuomela
‘The Undivided Past,’ by David Cannadine -
"In “The Undivided Past,” David Cannadine challenges those who believe that all history is the history of conflict, whether over class, as Marx and Engels proclaimed, or over religion, nationality, race, gender or civilization. The fact is, mankind’s divisions may not be the most important part of the story. As Cannadine succinctly puts it, “humanity is still here.” "
book  review  history  war  conflict 
april 2013 by tsuomela
The left’s gone left but the right’s gone nuts: Asymmetrical polarization in action | Grist
My theory is that centrism is a powerful psychological and social temptation, even in the absence of d-bag pundits pushing No Labels. Like I’ve often said, I think of centrism not so much as an ideology — how could it be ideology when it’s defined in relation to two moving targets? — as a temperament, a cultural identity.
politics  partisanship  polarization  bipartisanship  centrism  ideology  republicans  democrats  division  conflict 
july 2012 by tsuomela
The significance of plot without conflict - still eating oranges
"Now, dear readers, comes the aftermath. The dust left over from the climax is settling. Kishōtenketsu has been shown to generate plot without conflict, which reveals as insular nonsense the West’s belief that they are inseparable. The repercussions of this extend to all writing
narrative  culture  east-west  deconstruction  theory  literature  structure  plot  conflict 
july 2012 by tsuomela
Confessions of a Community College Dean: Collegiality
"I think a more useful approach might be to look at other venues in which educated professionals work, and to see how they handle the talented-but-insufferable. Academe isn’t unique in having egos, or power struggles, or internal politics." Annotated link
academia  personality  management  conflict 
june 2012 by tsuomela
I Love You but You're Going to Hell
"The goal is not to convert people to the other side. Rather, it is to overcome the mutual bewilderment and demonization that can happen when each side hears the arguments of the other. It is to get over the kind of assumption that anyone who holds those other positions must be stupid or evil."
weblog-individual  ideas  history  intellectual  conflict  culture-war  understanding 
august 2011 by tsuomela
The Twitter Revolution Must Die
"So why does the image of a revolution enabled by social media continue to grab headlines and spark the interest of Western audiences, and what are the dangers of employing such imagery? My fear is that the hype about a Twitter/Facebook/YouTube revolution performs two functions: first, it depoliticizes our understanding of the conflicts, and second, it whitewashes the role of capitalism in suppressing democracy."
politics  revolution  social-media  change  twitter  facebook  communication  capitalism  conflict 
february 2011 by tsuomela
The new political group No Labels shows why labels exist. - By Christopher Beam - Slate Magazine
"Everything you need to know about the new political group No Labels is contained in its slogan: "Not Left. Not Right. Forward." It's smug. It sounds like an Obama campaign catchphrase. And it ignores the whole reason politics exists, which is that not everyone agrees on what "Forward" is. "
politics  bipartisanship  cliche  conflict  agreement 
december 2010 by tsuomela
Open Left:: What's Wrong WIth The Democratic Party, Part #74,397
This gets it exactly right. The corporate wing of the party is permanently at war with the party's activist base. Permanently. One might have hoped that Obama would have brought about some sort of truce. After all, it would have been the smart, prudent, pragmatic thing to do.

No dice.
democrats  progressivism  history  party  politics  liberal  corporatism  intraparty  conflict 
august 2009 by tsuomela

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