Strategy lends itself to paradoxes, Edward Luttwak says.
Right now I’m wrapping my brain around the fact that left-libertarian philosopher-type-guy Aretae has declared Warfighting — MCDP1, or the U.S. Marine Corps Book of Strategy — the best (nonfiction) book he has ever read:
It is more concise, to the point, correct, profound, unconventional, easy to read, and concept-dense than anything else on my bookshelf. Wow. For a moderately fast reader, the 100 pages of the book should take about 20 minutes to read. Large type, short sentences, clear meanings. But it is incredibly well thought through.
If you are overeducated in the ways of the Academy/Cathedral, and you want to learn additional ways to think, the military strategists/military historians are the best anti-academic thinkers around. But this book just blew me away. I thought I had learned to simplify, and say clearly (in in person presentations, not on the blog — the blog is for complex thinking that I need to share with someone). I am thoroughly impressed.