“Shrinking the Gap” should start with stealthy Sys Admin work where it is seemingly needed least and not begin with the Gap equivalent of failed state black holes. Dr. Barnett counsels such triage in Blueprint For Action in discussing regional priorities for the U.S. and the Core. We need to lift the Seam states up to the New Core and top tier Gap states into the Seam in an act of geopolitical inkblot tactics.

We would be demonstrating competency, success, empowerment and communication – nonzero sum scenarios – to the audience we need to reach.

And our opponents, by their very nature, cannot.

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8 comments on this post.
  1. Curtis Gale Weeks:


    I want to take the opportunity to thank you for consistently presenting cogent, informative, and inspiring work on ZenPundit. This present post is extraordinary in these three areas, and represents a forward movement in sundry scattered notes.

    I do think that these discussions are missing one key aspect, an integral element on which the grand and proactive schemes of globalizeion and PNM theory turns — and after this comment I’ll focus on blogging about it at my blog, hopefully will have a post sometime tonight addressing it. Nonetheless, your efforts are integral to my own thoughts on the subject.

  2. mark:

    Hi Curtis,

    Thank you for the kind words.

    Part of the credit has to go to other people like Barnett, Robb, Dan, Josh, Bruce, Coming Anarchy, and yourself for raising intriguing points of their own. Without such questions I wouldn’t have tried to look for answers – I would have written something but it would have been something else.

  3. Anonymous:


    Freaken long day, but just noticed your post and thought I would comment…

    I don’t agree.

    The core issue America faces is itself and ALL of the BS with 9/11, Iraq, Morales – is its own doing.

    Further, America “fixing” itself is much harder that fixing “trouble” spot…

    My point on Morales is that yes his actions are immoral, but they were created by CONSUMPTION from America – to fix this the USA itself must first stop immoral CONSUMPTION not the PRODUCTION… secondly, habitual immoral PRODUCTION caused by America must be replaced by moral production that gives the same or BETTER relative standard of living to the producers, or they will not change…

    The main problem I run into is the “well if I don’t, then someoneelse WILL” – which is very true. Moral investment is long-term and given that since 1975, practically all the gains in household income have gone to the top 20% of households – this is not going to change.

    Again, thanks for the depth of your blog… It really means alot, although you should really have tags/keywords for entries, because it is very hard to find the information on your site that you have spent so much time and thought creating…

    Hope Chicago is warm 😉

    Cheers! – Anonymously

    now some sleeeep 😉

  4. Anonymous:

    Oh, one more thing…

    In asking about “moral countermeasures” the point was that if your not going to kill them, their family, and anyone who supported them – which I would hope that some would see this is a completely insane concept from the get go – then you must focus on positive moral production…

    After all the root of moral in latin means the princples of life and death, not good and bad or right and wrong.

    You must treat the external as internal if you want it to be internal – otherwise you will never understand, care, or act…

    Blah, Blah, Blah… I had a real plan or deeper insites, but I do not…

  5. mark:


    re; tags

    Yeah, Bogger sucks, I realize. I can’t find my stuff either and its a huge pain. I basically have to google myself to find anything.

    I’m at the point of seriously moving on a zenpundit.com decently designed site but it won’t be up until Spring. In the interim I’m going to put up a stopgap companion blog, sort of a file cabinet for important topics, posts and resources.

    re: Morals & Morales

    I see your point and actually as a National Security measure, we need to abadnon the drug war, decriminalize drug use, tax the frigging habit and treat it as a medical problem along the lines of smoking. There’s no upside to current policy and billions in waste.

    I realize your point is larger than that but that’s the best I have on just Morales.

  6. Anonymous:

    Yes, I agree it is very complex and hard to sync to the real world in a way that flows in a natural way. it is interesting to me that Boyd saw this, but it is a very small part of his work. Guess it was a hard sell in the context he was living in.

    Thanks for the reply and best of luck to you. The depth of your knowledge is very interesting.

    – Anonymously

  7. frank:

    Mark, Every old guy who is casting about for something worthwhile to do with his last active years should have access to some kind peace corps that could be used to help drag a sputtering state into freedom and prosperity. We’re here, greyhaired well drillers,explorers,taxmen,teachers,administraters,cops and grandpas. We could find a countries resources. Teach development and marketing, present curent enviornmental practices and, generate mechanisms for sharing that wealth with the citizens. Sharing the wealth isn’t communistic, Alaska does it with an oil dividend plan. A new peace corps that goes in right after the despots leave, will take the wind out of many future bad guys sails, help stop civil wars and give us old guys something really worthwhile to do.

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