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daily 10/14/2016

    • The second reason is that the politician with the tactical advantage is almost always the politician with the strategic advantage, too. In politics, if you’re better than your opponent at one mode of thinking, you’re usually better at the other mode, as well.
    • Once again, 2016 is the exception that proves the rule. Hillary Clinton is a terrible tactical candidate.
    • Hillary Clinton was the person in the White House during impeachment who understood that if Bill Clinton doubled down, refused to resign, and counter-attacked Republicans, eventually he would grind his opponents into dust. She was correct.
    • She then assembled—on the fly—a brand new coalition of women and downscale white centrists.
    • rigged system of superdelegates.
    • She understood that Sanders would bog down in racially heterogeneous states and that she could grind her way to the nomination so long as she just stayed the course. She was right.
    • Clinton is caught in an asymmetric conflict against a figure who is unique in American political history.
    • Trump is all tactics and no strategy. Clinton is all strategy and no tactics. You should know which side usually wins that fight.
    • Sean Trende noted a particularly apt lesson from Clausewitz on the strategic imperatives when you fight a disintegrating army: You shell them. Then you wait for them to regroup. And then you shell them again.


  • tags: R

    • As isis invaders swept across northern Iraq two years ago, they spammed Twitter with triumphal
    • The internet has long been celebrated for its power to bring people together. Yet as it turns out, this same technology is easily weaponized.
    • While the Islamic State has shown savvy in its use of social media, it is the technology itself—not any unique genius on the part of the jihadists—that lies at the heart of the group’s disruptive power and outsize success. Other groups will follow
    • Hashtags were created and pushed (and others hijacked) to shape and hype the story.
    • Instagram, transformed a ragtag force riding in dusty pickup trucks into something larger than life.
    • Radio gave their forces speed—and also the ability to sow fear beyond the front lines.
    • it crumpled under the advance of a mere 1,500 isis fighters, equipped mostly with small arms. The
    • Media reports from the region were saturated with news of the latest isis victory or atrocity, helping to fuel a sense of the Islamic State’s momentum. There was no time to distinguish false stories from real ones. Instead, each new post contributed to the sense that northern Iraq had simply collapsed in the face of the isis onslaught.
    • Social-media platforms reinforce “us versus them” narratives, expose vulnerable people to virulent ideologies, and inflame even long-dormant hatreds.
    • War, as the 19th-century military theorist Carl von Clausewitz famously put it, is simply the continuation of politics by other means.
    • culture of tinkerers and hackers arose around the device, with its own lingo and even its own courtships and romances, conducted in Morse code.
    • the telegraph would “prove to be a bond of perpetual peace and friendship between the kindred nations, and an instrument designed … to diffuse religion, civilization, liberty, and law throughout the world.”
    • A new kind of generalship emerged during the Prussian Wars of Unification (1864–71), as the movements of whole armies were coordinated in real time. I
    • Such global connectivity has long stood as Silicon Valley’s holy grail,
      • it won’t work
    • In January, Syrian-regime loyalists, learning of a rebel-held town that was starving under siege, taunted the residents by posting pictures of what they were eating for dinner.
    • For all the hope that comes from connecting with new people and new ideas, researchers have found that online behavior is dominated by “homophily”: a tendency to listen to and associate with people like yourself, and to exclude outsiders.
    • liberals and conservatives in the U.S. cited or put forth completely different facts and arguments and seemed hardly to acknowledge each other’s existence. Sin
    • more this connection is marred by tribalism and mutual mistrust.

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