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I've finalized my keynote for the World War D conference in Melbourne, Australia at the end of the month. It's called: iWar: How anybody can declare war on the world and win Should be a fun conference. I've also offered... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2014 at Global Guerrillas
America has been in decay for decades (since the mid seventies). It's a problem that has consumed a large portion of my thinking for nearly a decade. I've read the analysis. Listened to the debates. Very little of it resonated.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2014 at Global Guerrillas
Here's a strong motive for open source warfare -- the model of warfare that has become the hallmark of 21st century conlfict, from potest movements to fullscale insurgencies. It's the driver of the recent conflict in Ukraine. A conflict we're... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2014 at Global Guerrillas
If you've been reading Global Guerrillas for years, you'll recognize the type of attack I'm about to describe. It's very similar to the easy (anybody can do it, as opposed to cyber) type of attack on critical systems that be... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2014 at Global Guerrillas
When I wrote Brave New War back in 2006, I made this aggressive projection on how rapid technological change would change warfare: The threshold necessary for small groups to conduct global warfare has finally been breached, and we are only... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2014 at Global Guerrillas
Ouroboros is the mythical snake that eats its own tail. In this case, it represents how modernity ends. It eats itself. Specifically, the technologies the modern system accelerated, are in the process of obsoleting it. Eating its value, industry by... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2014 at Global Guerrillas
I'm still writing my next book online. Today's pages might be of interest to GG readers. It's entitled "The National Insecurity State" There's also some thinking on the end of bureaucracy if you are interested. I suspect the only thing... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2014 at Global Guerrillas
Reuters. Bossnapping returns to France. The target? A couple of unlucky Goodyear executives. What's bossnapping? Here's the entry for it in Wikipedia Bossnapping: a form of lock-in where employees detain management in the workplace, often in protest against lay-offs and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2014 at Global Guerrillas
What happens when the global industrial bureaucracy that ruled the world for the past couple of hundred years becomes obsolete? We're about to find out. This industrial bureaucracy is being made obsolete by the very same technological change that spawned... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2014 at Global Guerrillas
Dear Friends, As you know, I’ve spent the last couple of months working on ways to revive the American Dream over on the HomeFree America blog. The good news is that I think we’ve made lots of progress. I now... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2014 at Global Guerrillas
Here's an interesting question. The world is awash in money. There's so much money available that interest rates are nearly zero. On top of that, the Fed is printing money furiously to very little effect. You would think that with... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2013 at Global Guerrillas
Over the last month, cyberterrorists operating from offshore locations, launched a massive attack on US citizens. By hacking point of sale terminals in Target stores, the group was able to steal information from 40 million citizens across the US. Given... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2013 at Global Guerrillas
Put some thinking regarding bitcoin up on Twitter. @johnrobb as a currency hedge, bitcoin's rise makes being a goldbug look pretty stupid.… @johnrobb It's important to understand that #bitcoin works because transactions are open/visible. It's not something you use... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2013 at Global Guerrillas
Here's what is going on. I've left Resilient Communities due to a difference in creative direction. Which means I'm no longer associated with the site in any way. Despite my departure, I wish the current team good luck with it... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2013 at Global Guerrillas
I'm working on a new site called HomeFree America. It's where I'm doing some thinking on the future of the American Dream (I personally think it is the most important idea the US ever produced) It's still a very early... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2013 at Global Guerrillas
Here's something I've been thinking about. I've been grappling with a simple question. Is the use of national interest, as the basis of security and foreign policy, a dumb idea in the present context? National interest is a construct from... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2013 at Global Guerrillas
Here's an important question. What do the following have in common? 9/11 and Al Qaeda's subsequent attacks The Iraq War (the guerrilla war) The Nigerian Conflict (MEND vs. Shell Oil - 2007 -- cause of the oil price spike) The... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2013 at Global Guerrillas
Quick refresher. An OODA loop is a decision making model that John Boyd (America's greatest strategist) formulated. Basically, it's a description of how all living organisms make decisions. Better decision making = improved success. OODA consists of four steps in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2013 at Global Guerrillas
I'm currently wading through George Gilder's new book, "Knowledge and Power." Why? It's got some good thinking on the new economy that's emerging. In it, he makes the case that wealth is a function of how much innovation (knowledge production)... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2013 at Global Guerrillas
Has the NSA become the premiere defense organization of the USA, eclipsing the Army, Navy and Air Force? I'm starting to think it has eclipsed all of them combined.... What do you think? Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2013 at Global Guerrillas
Just got this question from a law student. "Love your Global Guerrillas blog, but one thing is on my mind. The internet seems to not be the decentralized system we all imagine, but is in reality very much controlled by... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2013 at Global Guerrillas
If he was on the receiving end of a drone hunt, he would have been dead early on.
True. It's going to get worse with every President from here on out. More "national security state" heavy handedness with every problem.
How will "civilized nations" deal with countries that use banned (nukes, chemical, bio..)? Given the trends underway, we're likely to see less of a conventional response than in the past. Not only is a conventional response potentially catastrophic -- as... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2013 at Global Guerrillas
Matt Smith. The CEO of Stansberry Research.