A very thought-provoking topic by that title over at Forward Observer today:
“There is currently no U.S. government organization, U.S. nongovernmental organization, or U.S. academic institution that focuses on the full range of unconventional, irregular, political, informational, diplomatic, and economic threats and activities employed by adversary powers.”There's a lot of things worth reading in it.
Facebook's anti-conservative/alt-right/anything-less-than-frothing-moonbat-communist campaign has cost them $100B in real value on the stock market, the biggest loss of any firm in stock market history. Google and the other platforms are about to get a similar lesson on asymmetrical warfare, particularly the economic kind.
Nature abhors a vacuum, and all they're doing is creating a gaping opening for someone, or ten thousand someones, to exploit and become the Fox Network of social media. It's already happening to a small degree, but the harder the Zuckerbergs and Gates' squeeze their jello empires, the more of it leaks out of their grasp forever. They don't know nor understand Adam Smith's "invisible hand", and they don't understood or never learned that you can't set up Pravda unless you control all the organs of power. And even that was a joke even inside the sphere of totalitarian control. Reagan made a political career of ridiculing the communists with the folk humor of their own people. Zuckerberg and his ilk have now nominated themselves to becoming the butt of those kind of jokes for a generation or more, if not right up until they roll over and die.
Be still, my beating heart.
Meanwhile, Alex Jones is now the Klansmen marching in Skokie, or Larry Flynt being prosecuted for obscenity: gone from disreputable underdog to underground hero and champion civil rights exemplar, which is how you create exactly the sort of Joan of Arc/Rocky Balboa character that kicks you right in your fourth point of contact, and just like that boot stomping on a human face, it will be happening forever.
Worse, when the lunatics are given the keys, parody becomes impossible, and the richest humor will be when clever people on our side decide the best way to undermine the other side is to appear sincere, and go full retard, pretending to be the vanguard of the Left, when in fact they'll be pinning the world's largest "Kick Me" signs on their backs, and jumping on their soapboxes, complete with clown shoes and red rubber nose.
Pride goeth before a fall, and with a host of people like Sabo, et al, greasing the sidewalks with a pressure washer for them, the Left is in the worst of all positions: unpopular, unpowerful, unliked, and sitting in their little firebases of conformity at the bottom of a ring of surrounding high ground, both actual and moral.
"The moral is to the physical as three is to one." - some little Corsican NCO
Monkey, meet wrench.
Napoleon, meet dynamite.
That situation is what people like Musashi and Sun Tzu called "Death Ground", for good reason.
The Left has also forgotten their own prophet, St. Alinsky:
"Ridicule is man's most potent weapon."
They have become the most ridiculous thing on the planet, and they've been sniffing their own farts for so long, they can't even recognize themselves for what they are.
It's never a good idea to get in a shoving match with serious people when your head is shoved way up into a very dark, small place.
We used to have a National Political Warfare Center: it used to be called the president's Cabinet. But those goofs and their nominal minions have been so penetrated with moles and double agents, they're a national joke, and like all bureaucracies, more concerned with their own institutional survival than doing the nation's business, except by accident.
If someone popped a nuke over D.C. on a Tuesday morning in fall, the rest of the nation would probably sign a treaty of everlasting friendship with the perpetrators.
Ten days out of nine those bureaucracies, including the Pentagon, are trying harder to undo the nation than work for it, and eventually in such a situation, either the overburdened mule quits, dies, or throws everyone off and kicks at anything within range.
When nations do that, it tends to get pretty enthusiastically ugly.
Until that point, do what you can in every other sphere of activity.