Posts Tagged ‘Ideas’

Doctrine @ The Doctor’s Den S01E08

Doctrine is an amorphous concept that the military uses to create unity through conceptual continuity. This contradiction is often a basis for strategic failure. So, what is doctrine, and why is it important?

Here Dr. D. Light dissects the concept of doctrine and demonstrates how the theological model is of use in understanding the role of fear in strategic analysis and and decision making? Fear acts as the counterbalance to the resources waystation – which presents the giving mindset.

In this theoretic framework, doctrine acts as a restrictive waystation that limits the ability to use energy. In using fear, Dr. Leitner is presenting the basis for courage and the examination of strengths beyond giving – how holding back, patience for instance, can act as a strength in the face of fear.

In this slightly longer than normal video he provides a macro and micro examination of doctrine as fear in relation to all the waystations of strategy. This presents the opportunity to discuss the potential objectives that will constitute the basis for operation.

The Doctor’s Den S01E05: Ideational Waystations

We close out our discussion of ideation with an examination of the four waystations (steps) that are inherent to the ideational stage of a power process.

It is important for me to point out that these videos are a glimpse into the greater ideational questions inherent to power. They do not, and cannot, cover the totality of decision-making, identity building, value development, sensory system/intelligence systems, information analysis, ideational integration, etc.

There are people who spend their whole lives researching small parts of these and much more as we try to understand ideation, strategy, and power.

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Ideas, Ideation, and The Cloud of Ideas

Dr. D. Light presents another chapter in the Theory of Everything.

Ideas, Ideation, and the Cloud of Ideas – A basis for analysis and understanding. In which Dr. D. Light waxes philosophical about ideas, calls them parasites, suggests they control us, argues that we can examine them in any unit – big or small…

Mashing together any number of theories he discusses parasitic ideas, Ideational Hierarchies, and the Cloud of Ideas…

(apologies again for the poor editing)


Up next – Time, Space, and Energy


Never Forget

Many people have asked why Jews continue to remind the world – some might say ad naseum – of The Holocaust. Not a holocaust, of which there have been a few (recognized and otherwise). The Holocaust.

The answer is so simple it might be scary. The power of the idea “The Holocaust”, as opposed to a holocaust, has dwindled in the human ideational hierarchy since it was first introduced post-1945. The attempted genocide of the Jews in Europe during World War II happened – that is history. But The Holocaust – that is so much more.

The Holocaust was once an idea powerful enough to push the Zionist ideal to a crescendo supported by many non-Jews. An idea that was so powerful it helped create a state has since become an idea very few people care much about…

So, today I ask, must we maintain our course in defense of the idea The Holocaust? To many peoples the loss of 6 million might seem minuscule. But for the Jew, to lose even one is to lose a whole world. We lost 6 million. To lose another 5 million different versions of Jew would be a catastrophe. A catastrophe for the Jews if no-one else.

So is it any surprise that there are Jews who take issue with those who threaten, plan, and act to eradicate over 40% of the total self-acknowledged Jewish population?

The world has decided that the potential annihilation of less than .1% of the total global population does not matter. We the Jews do not matter. The idea of the Jews as a unique group (with its many facets and faults), does not matter. But we Jews made a promise. Never Again. That promise was to ourselves. A promise that requires us to be true to who we are and NEVER forget. Never forget our history.

Are there Jews who, because of where they live, deny other people freedoms in order to defend the lives of Jews. Yes. Have people been hurt and even killed as a result of this conflict over Jewish existence? With great sadness, yes. Are we surprised that, as a result of this constant threat, a new generation of Jews has risen, some full of anger and hate. Some filled with racist pride even. Unfortunately not. Why? Because the world is forgetting, but we made a promise.

So, we continue to wait. We wait until the day that the ideas the Palestinian people, and those who support their cause, espouse and act on include the right of Jews (all people really) to live in peace – as equals – with those around them everywhere in the world. Until that time, we Jews must continue to maintain a home where any Jew may go. And we must try to be as lenient as we can. To give people under Jewish jurisdiction as many freedoms as we can. All while protecting as many Jews as possible. We must. To do less is not Jewish.

I pray we can be more lenient every day. But until then – Never Forget.

I believe this should be the stance of the Jews. Not Israel. The JEWS.

The author is adjunct lecturer in the School of Communications at Bar Ilan University. He is also a disabled veteran of the IDF.

Clashing Ideas and Our Constantly Changing World

The ebb and flow of history does not revolve solely around the material power of states. Nor is it exclusively the purview of institutions. And it is not based entirely on identity or anarchy. Instead it is about ideas and how those ideas are translated into actions. From the rise and fall of empires and the crusades through the Renaissance and Reformation, the American and French Revolutions, Socialism, Communism, Fascism, Democracy, the Cold War, Fundamentalism and many of the revolutions we are experiencing today, ideas, and the many perspectives and ideologies on those ideas, have been the motivation for interstate, state and substate groups’ formations and interactions.

Ideas seem to be even more relevant today as technology and education have given the masses greater access and participation in the creation and assertion of the place for ideas in world politics.

This paper argues for a new paradigm (though based in a neo-classical realist perspective) in which ideation is used as the means of understanding the double helix of the many existing political paradigms. Essentially that ideas act as a separate but unifying influence on political relations. It suggests that ideas, rather than being a separate level to research, are part and parcel to all levels and streams of political interaction and thought. It is, essentially, shared ideas that allow individual, state and systemic actors to create relationships and relations, interact with each other, gain support and garner the energy necessary for an idea to be influential enough to materialize as action.

Understanding the role of ideas allows us to better analyze the ramifications of systemic, subsystemic, national and local change. It is possible, by examining ideas as the motivation for change, to identify primary conflict lines; the leaders and followers within a conflict; the different structures that have formed; and how these conflicts have led some to protect the status-quo while others seek to revise it at all levels.   As the influence and role of ideas is better understood it may have significant impact on strategic planning as well as future research.

This paper is a further edit of a previous work – my work in progress as it were.

To read the draft paper, click: Ideation and Power.

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