“Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.”
― Napoleon Bonaparte
“A wise man gets more use from his enemies than a fool from his friends.”
― Baltasar Gracián, The Art of Worldly Wisdom
“Dis Pater, Veiovis, and Di Manes, or with any other name by which it is proper to call You, since all in this city of Carthage and its army, who, I feel, fled before me in terror only because you filled them with alarm and fright, everyone who opposes our legions and the wall of shields of our army, and our missiles are carried forward on them by your hand, in this way you led away the enemy army and their soldiers. Their city and fields, and those who are in this place and this region, the lands and cities that they inhabit, you have now deprived them of the supreme light, their hostile army, their city and their lands. I feel to say that it was you who has devoted and consecrated this city and its lands, from the beginning and all time, that by law, who and when are made over and devoted as the highest sacrifices. Therefore, I who am victorious, by my faith as a magistrate of the people of Rome, and as commander of the armies, I give this vow on behalf of the people of Rome, our armies and legions, that you may retain everything born to this land and that grew in healthy by your aid. If you will make this happen, so that I may know, sense and derive that this has happened, then by whatever vow will have been made, wherever it will have been made, may it be properly made with sheep sacrificed upon the tribal altars. I call upon Tellus, Mother Earth, and You mighty Jupiter, to act as witnesses to my vow.”
– Macrobius Saturnalia
September 22, 2013
- The unfortunate tendency of many contemporary radicals towards lifestyle radicalism, which underestimates the importance of genuine revolutionary struggle.
- How the advancement of civilization ultimately involves period episodes of political and social upheaval.
- The necessity of revolutionary political leadership that is capable of meeting ordinary people where they are at while retaining a long term radical vision.
- The creation of alternative infrastructure that will serve as the foundation for both reformist and revolutionary efforts.
- Why radicals and revolutionaries must prepare for the time when the state moves to suppress challenges to its own position.
- Why the ability to wage effective fourth generation warfare will be the determining factor in 21st century revolutionary struggles.
- The role of Hezbollah, the Peoples War Group, and the Armed Forces of the Colombian Revolution…
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“Hold out baits to entice the enemy. Feign disorder, and crush him.” – Sun Tzu
Some would call the title of this post the “most quoted” quote of Sun Tzu’s entire book. However, I dislike the emphasis many place on learning “The Art of War” through disjointed quotations. Chapter I has a significant section on deception, but readers of this isolated quote might never learn the context associated with it. Allow me to explain.
When Sun Tzu elaborates on deception, he begins:
“Hence, when able to attack, we must seem unable;
When using our forces, we must seem inactive;
When we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away;
When far away, we must make him believe we are near.”
A reader might glance over this and be tempted to remark, “Well, that sounds easy.” It most assuredly is not.
When in a conflict against fellow human beings, the opponent is a fellow man; being a fellow man, he is familiar…
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