October 20

Ep. 0083: History of Irregular Warfare with Bill Buppert (part 6)

Here it is — the sixth & final installment of the DHP History of Irregular Warfare series with Bill Buppert.

Join CJ & Bill as they discuss:

  • Circumstances in which insurgents do or do not have the moral high ground
  • The impact of technologies on insurgency & 4GW
  • The importance of narrative
  • Alleged “best practices” for counterinsurgency (or COIN)
  • Links between the rise of the modern state and the proliferation of resistance to it
  • Lessons to be learned from insurgencies, even for those who never plan on physically fighting the state
  • Thoughts on methods of defense against external threats for a stateless society
  • The Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka & why they failed
  • Tying things back into the trifecta of narrative, legitimacy, and grievances

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October 15

Ep. 0082: The Alliance of Throne & Altar

Here is the first mobile DHP episode in a while, recorded over the course of my commute to & from work. (BTW, the audio is much improved over previous in-the-car recordings!)

Join CJ as he discusses:

  • The basic concept of this alliance, including its origins and the symbiotic nature of it
  • How religion most effectively fulfilled the legitimizing function for the rulers for most of history
  • How “intellectuals” now increasingly fulfill that function since religiosity has declined in many parts of the world
  • A few of the ways in which the modern state is aspiring to be god-like in terms of omniscience & omnipotence
  • The possibility that the standard liberal/conservative split is at least partially explained by a split between people who prefer their rulers to be legitimized by secular intellectuals & those who prefer their rulers to be legitimized by clergy

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October 8

Ep. 0081: History of Irregular Warfare with Bill Buppert (part 5)

Join CJ & Bill as they discuss:

  • Key factors that cause insurgencies to succeed or fail
  • The importance of external help to guerrillas and insurgents
  • The effects of terrain (including urban terrain) on irregular warfare
  • Circumstances under which guerrillas and insurgents have or do not have an advantage

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October 1

Ep. 0080: History of Irregular Warfare with Bill Buppert (Part 4)

Join CJ & Bill as they discuss:

  • Some of the post-WWII wars of ‘decolonization’ the British & French fought in places like Malaya, Kenya, & Algeria
  • Vietnam, comparing the French performance there in the 19th century to the French & American performance there in the mid-20th century
  • Some thoughts on the recent wars in the Middle East and Southwest Asia

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