MulletMonkeyWrench Archive

InfoMullet: Principles of Unrestricted Warfare

TLDRUpFront: As China continues to exert pressure on multiple fronts its important to understand a tenet of their strategic doctrine. "Unrestricted Warfare" advances a state-actor strategy of asymmetric conflict based on the principle of additive complexity that seeks to cause a seizure of complex systems. The strategy seeks to bridge combat power disparity between two

InfoMullet: Was it Sam Adams or Black Lives Matter?

TLDRUpFront: During protests, riots, or other actions amateur-historians contrast “these” actions to “those” actions of our Founding Fathers leading to the American Revolution. This InfoMullet quiz challenges our understanding that pre-Revolutionary agitators were any less radical than their modern equivalents. If he were alive today, Sam Adams might share more common cause with Black Live

InfoMullet: Ashes to Ashes (pt3 of 4)

TLDRUpFront: The third of a four-part series as the United States, and the world, begins tipping-over from COVID-19. As worries about pandemic related violence and instability increase the InfoMullet forecasts the next 12 months across six types of violence. Unlike the pandemic or the economy, our forecast of violence is positive with declining rates in

InfoMullet: The Dictator’s Dilemma – Hong Kong Case Study

TLDRUpFront: Even as the wildfire of COVID19 rages we look ahead to what the world will look like after the first wave. Originally published in November, the Dictator's Dilemma uses the Hong Kong protests to illustrate a crucial dynamic: how small initial calls for reform over legitimate grievances can escalate into mass civil protests, violent street

InfoMullet: Canceling OK is the Wrong Approach – Here’s a Better Idea

TLDRUpFront: The OK hand-sign meaning “white power” started as a hoax but became self-fulfilling as hate groups began appropriating the ubiquitous hand sign. In response some seeking to counter hate-speech are trying to cancel OK, and though the concern about radical or violent non-state actors is legitimate, the approach of canceling is in this case

InfoMullet: The Defenestration of Bannon

TLDR UpFront: Steve Bannon resigned his position at Brietbart News Tuesday night. For the man who popularized the term alt-right and was once seen as the grand strategist of Trumpism this continues a six-month plummet. It began with Steve being booted from the White House, then backing a GOP candidate who couldn't win in deep-red

“We are not his subordinates. We don’t answer to him.”

TLDRUpFront: Returning from cancer treatment to the Senate, both on the floor and subsequent op-ed Senator McCain called for a return to regular order in the Senate. In doing so he not only fired more warning shots across the bow President Trump, and his own party leadership. But he also elucidated both a cause

Trump Fires Lieutenant Secretary of State & Abolishes Russian Raconteur Department

WASHINGTON (AP) President Trump announced the dismissal of another Obama political appointee by tweet while visiting Saudi Arabia with his wife Melania and daughter Ivanka on Saturday. The tweet by Trump read “Can u[sic] believe Obama appointees? Malcolm Randolph worst Lt. Sec of State ever. Mismanaged Russian Raconteur Dept. Wasted taxpayer$$. Fired!!” At the same

InfoMullet: Aiming at Toes

TLDR Upfront: With Cabinet nominations now solely a spectator sport after the elimination of the cabinet filibuster, and the ACA repeal via reconciliation largely baked in because it was *passed* with reconciliation - one may feel there is little legislative leverage points to apply to the administration. Oh ye of little faith.

HistoricalMullet: Are we at the precipice of formless war?

A few months ago I posted the defensive side of the policy questions - how do, or can, we proportionally respond to foreign cyber attacks?