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Sunday, May 14, 2006
 
RECOMMENDED READING EL GRANDE

Had to take a couple of days off from blogging and in the interim there were some excellent, stimulating and important posts out there. This is one of those times that I wish there were four of me so I could have thrown my two cents into these discussions. I still may, but in the meantime:

Bush GOP loyalism vs. Movement Conservatism? :

Bruce Kesler, always lucid and hard-hitting, initiated a major debate in the Right Blogosphere over "Conservative Battle Fatigue" which he followed up with "Selling-out our principles: Reason to break with the administration?" and "Tapscott’s New Contract With America". Conservative bloggers who joined Bruce include Mark Tapscott, Captain's Quarters ( also here and here), Professor Bainbridge (and here and here), The Anchoress, Instapundit,
and Adam Graham. The debate is also being noticed elsewhere.

On Liberal Education:

Federalist X at Amendment Nine has the second part of his series on liberal education, "(ii) Liberal Education in a Nutshell " ( Part I is here ) looking specifically at the ideas of Jacob Klein and the "New Program" of St. John's College. Hint - clicking the wiki entry is worth it if you want to measure your own progress in reading great books. My reads were scattered throughout the list.

War and Strategy:

Wiggins at Opposed Systems Design has two excellent posts "Yarger’s Little Book" and "DoD 3000 follow-up: Momentum and SOAs" while Sonny at FX -Based defends EBO from a slashing attack by Ralph Peters ( see also John Robb on Peters/EBO).

On Iran:

Matthew Hogan of Aqoul has two posts worth reading - " First As Tragedy, Then As Farsi: Ahmadinejad's Letter" and one which will interest Dave and Marc, "Ahmadinejad's 1953 Reference: The Skeleton in the Regime's Closet Reaching Out?".

On Networks (and resiliency):

Dr. Von has two posts here "Some Quick Thoughts on Resiliency in (Social) Networks " and
"Analyzing the War on Terror in the Context of Network Theory" . Noah of DefenseTech
enlists Valdis Krebs to analyze the NSA story ( hat tip John Robb) .

That's it.
 
Comments:
Mark,

Thanks for the mention. You are the best!

Man, there's a lot of good stuff going on around the Internets!

I've been reading the discussion on resilience and network theory. It's funny because we've actually had some similar discussion where I work. I've thinking about chiming in, but you guys seem to be doing quite well without me.
 
"It's funny because we've actually had some similar discussion where I work. I've thinking about chiming in"

Chime in, Sonny !

Glad to hear that - I'm not at all surprised given your area of concern. Network theory is a verge area of study that is starting to " break out" into other disciplines.
 
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