Categorized as: History Revisited

Pyramids, Networks, And The Emergent Weapons Of Cyber War

 

“Cyber war is like Carl Sandburg’s fog; it comes on little cat feet, and it’s hardly noticed. That’s its greatest potential.” – John Arquilla

The 21st Century’s most important paradigm shift (See: Pyramids & Emergent Networks) is already underway. Though the full impact may not be felt for decades, some industries have already been forced to adapt.

How does one anticipate the impact of a Game Changer in progress?

Start at the tip of the spear

Fighting A Digital War Across The Globe

In late 2008, the Internet’s regulatory agencies and network security communities encountered an enemy they were not prepared to fight. Though disaster was …

Digital Currency: Money’s Future May Lie In Its Past

 

“The only difference between a bank director and a counterfeiter is that the counterfeiter has given evidence of superior skill and modesty. It requires more talent to sign another man’s name than one’s own and the counterfeiter at least does his work in the dark, while the suspenders of [gold and silver] payments are brazen in the face of day, and laugh at the victims and dupes, who have put faith in their promises.”

President John Quincy Adams, from A Nation of Counterfeiters: Capitalists, Con Men And the Making of the United States

The Wild West of Money

The early United States had no national banking system. Instead, there were state-chartered banks, local banks and company scrip. Gold and silver coin was the only universally accepted payment.

In a …

No Throne Guides Itself – There Are Always Invisible Hands

 

“No country that values its safety should allow what the [Round Table Group] accomplished – that is, that a small number of men would be able to wield such power in administration and politics, should be given almost complete control over the publication of documents relating to their own actions, should be able to exercise such influence over the avenues of information that create public opinion, and should be able to monopolize so completely the writing and the teaching of the history of their own period.” – Carroll Quigley, The Anglo-American Establishment

Remember when you found out there was no Santa Claus?

Letting go of childhood beliefs is never easy. We can never look at the world with the same innocence. But, unless we do so, we can never …

These Tanks Are The Worst Horses Ever

 

“This isn’t a battle, it’s a mass suicide.” – Unnamed British Officer, 3rd Battle of Ypres, part of a mutiny against the British Government

“Like all the members of the military profession, I never had a thought of my own until I left the service. My mental faculties remained in suspended animation while I obeyed the orders of higher-ups. This is typical.” Major General Smedley Butler, 2-time Medal of Honor recipient, War Is A Racket

If World War I occurred today, we would call it The Apocalypse.

Military casualties totaled over 13 million. Civilian casualties, never formally documented, have been estimated to be three to five times that number.

Need an analogy? Take the modern U.S. Army (half a million). Kill or wound that number of people 26 …

One Bank To Rule Them All

 

Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky, Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone, Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die, One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie. One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie. – J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings

In the fantasy realm ofMiddle Earth, all races are unknowingly ruled by the influence of the One Ring, crafted to enslave them all. It’s an apt analogy for our current paradigm.

Come on! That’s just a story. These things don’t happen in real life.

Suppose if someone, had control …

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