Categories
2017 January

The Roots of a Counterproductive Immigration Policy

“I just received the following note from one of our Inner Circle members.  Below the note is my response.”


Whether you’re for him or against him, Trump is a symptomatic response to an overreach.  And I would even go so far as to say a profound naivete on the part of liberals.  Below is an interesting analysis of how the US got to where it is at on the clamp down that is occurring.  It is not a defense but an explanation.

Trump’s executive order has unleashed chaos, harmed lawful U.S. residents, and alienated potential friends in the Islamic world. Yet without the dreamy liberal refusal to recognize the reality of nationhood, the meaning of citizenship, and the differences between cultures, Trump would never have gained the power to issue that order.

Liberalism and nationhood grew up together in the 19th century, mutually dependent. In the 21st century, they have grown apart—or more exactly, liberalism has recoiled from nationhood. The result has not been to abolish nationality, but to discredit liberalism.

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/01/an-immigration-order-as-stupid-as-it-is-counterproductive/514847/?utm_source=twb

 


Mike’s response:

“And it is worth some reflection to understand that to some (or large) degree that soil was firmly enriched by strong/adamant/inflexible “liberal” positions.”

And values which are NOT a reflection of the majority–but better majority-building strategies.

mike

 

Categories
2017 January

Thinking about network effects

Can’t remember how long ago it was that I read his book, but it shifted fundamental things about how I thought about things. I ran across this fairly short paper on scale free networks and power law distribution, thought you may want to use as reference, I know we should gary and we should add both “scale free network” and “power law distribution” to our glossary–wherever that went;)

http://barabasi.com/f/124.pdf

Categories
2017 January

The Seven Stages of Robot Replacement

“I just received the following note from one of our Inner Circle members.  Below the note is my response.”


Kevin Kelly | Backchannel | 27th December 2016

Let us welcome the robots that come for our jobs. “This is not a race against the machines. If we race against them, we lose. This is a race with the machines. You’ll be paid in the future based on how well you work with robots. Ninety per cent of your coworkers will be unseen machines. There will be a blurry line between what you do and what they do. You might no longer think of it as a job, at least at first, because anything that resembles drudgery will be handed over to robots” (650 words)

https://backchannel.com/


Mike’s response:

Yes this is true, we are all working with “forms” of robots now as we type, email, text, speaks, browse, etc.

 

As robots go through “purple” animation, we can watch them begin to progress and form a culture of interaction as the most capable begin to be chiefs and “elders”, then red bosses, blue governance…

But for now?

AN-BEIGE: survival of the fittest.

mike

 

Categories
2017 January

10 Maps that Explain Russia’s Strategy

A Russian-US alliance will be required to “control” china, IMHO, which means changing our approach to NATO.

NATO is unnecessary if there is USA-RUSSIA partnership.

China will USE North Korea as a pawn to play their chess game, along with the Philippines of Duterte stays in power–values will get in the way of strategy!!

“Thucydides distinguished between Athens and Sparta by pointing out that Athens was close to the sea and had an excellent port, Piraeus. Sparta, on the other hand, was not a maritime power. Athens was much wealthier than Sparta. A maritime power can engage in international trade in a way that a landlocked power cannot.

Therefore, the Athenian is wealthy, but in that wealth there are two defects. First, wealth creates luxury and luxury corrupts. Second, wider experience in the world creates moral ambiguity.

Sparta enjoyed far less wealth than Athens. It was not built through trade but through hard labor. And thus, it did not know the world, but instead had a simple and robust sense of right and wrong.

The struggle between strength from wealth and strength through effort has been a historical one. It can be seen in the distinction between the European Peninsula and Russia. Europe is worldly and derives great power from its wealth, but it is also prone to internecine infighting.

Russia, though provincial, is more united than divided and derives power from the strength that comes from overcoming difficulty. The country is in a geographically vulnerable position; its core is inherently landlocked, and the choke points that its ships would have to traverse to gain access to oceans could be easily cut off.

Therefore, Russia can’t be Athens. It must be Sparta, and that means it must be a land power and assume the cultural character of a Spartan nation. Russia must have tough if not sophisticated troops fighting ground wars. It must also be able to produce enough wealth to sustain its military as well as provide a reasonable standard of living for its people-but Russia will not be able to match Europe in this regard.

So it isn’t prosperity that binds the country together, but a shared idealized vision of and loyalty toward Mother Russia. And in this sense, there is a deep chasm between both Europe and the United States (which use prosperity as a justification for loyalty) and Russia (for whom loyalty derives from the power of the state and the inherent definition of being Russian). 

[There is also a major difference in what people want as a result, where in the US, achievement motive is more dense and ambition is frequent, in Russia, quality of life which is NOT ambitious but largely “avoidance-related” is important above achievement–30% of global innovation emerges from Russia–1-2% is monetized in Russia, which is why the ER-ORANGE oligarchs are easily unchallenged, but managed as a tool by the state–the rogue oligarchs are ostracized, killed, or imprisoned!]

This support for the Russian nation remains powerful, despite the existence of diverse ethnic groups throughout the country.

All of this gives the Russians an opportunity. However bad their economy is at the moment, the simplicity of their geographic position in all respects gives them capabilities that can surprise their opponents and perhaps even make the Russians more dangerous.”

https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.businessinsider.com/10-maps-that-explain-russias-strategy-2016-1?client=safari

mike