Fox News Prepared the Battlefield for Russia’s Propaganda War

Valery Vasilyevich Gerasimov

By Sheldon Greaves Edited with additional links and for clarity, 02 Oct. 2017. Each week brings more details (also here) about the tremendous scope and sophistication of Russian efforts to hijack (“meddle” is far too gentle a term by this point) the U.S. 2016 … Continue reading

Rethinking the “Creative Class”

By Sheldon Greaves Years ago I came across an article that touted the civic planning theories of Richard Florida, who was making waves with the fascinating claim that the real money-making parts of America were those that emphasized “creative” work; … Continue reading

Trumpism and Why America Needs a Marshall Plan

By Sheldon Greaves When the forces of Germany surrendered to the Allies in May of 1945, the fighting stopped but the war, technically, did not end right away. There were additional edicts and order, the Potsdam Agreement the following August … Continue reading

National Security and the North Korean Crisis

  Several friends and associates have contacted me in recent days, asking about the emerging crisis with North Korea, and the implications for national security. I thought I’d pass along some of the things that I’ve told them, plus a … Continue reading

The Brutal, Debilitating Costs of Long-Term Unemployment

By Sheldon Greaves This post previously appeared in Unexpected Leisure, 13 February 2011. I’m reposting it here as a preface to some additional material I want to post on this and related subjects, especially in light of the moral obscenity … Continue reading

Timothy Snyder’s “On Tyranny”

By Sheldon I just finished reading On Tyranny. Twenty Lessons From the Twentieth Century by Yale historian Timothy Snyder. It is a very important book that everyone who harbors anxiety about the future of the United States should read, and read … Continue reading

A Consumer’s Guide to the Apocalypse

By Sheldon Recent news stories about how some evangelical Christians have embraced Donald Trump note that this acceptance is not just the latest example of politics making for strange bedfellows. There is, apparently, a strong sense that The Donald holds … Continue reading

Why Accepting Refugees is Crucial to National Security

By Sheldon When Trump released his ill-conceived and poorly-executed immigration order that stopped the flow of refugees from seven Muslim countries, he justified the action based on “national security,” claiming that it would keep out the “bad people” who were … Continue reading

Making a Source Deck

By Sheldon The world of intelligence and intelligence analysis is very different from that of the usual scholar or knowledge worker, with the possible exception of the investigative journalist. The difference is that the intel professional has to work with … Continue reading

Privacy Under a Trump Administration

Well, the unthinkable has happened. The most powerful and sophisticated Intelligence apparatus in the history of the Second Oldest Profession has fallen into the hands of a President-elect known for a vindictive streak a mile wide, and who is considered … Continue reading