Coming Anarchy 1, Introduction

Note: This is a selection from Coming Anarchy, part of tdaxp‘s SummerBlog ’06


My interview with Dr. Thomas PM Barnett was the minor research project for Creativity, Talent, and Exerptise. The major project was a profile of Coming Anarchy — a rising blog that focuses on international affairs. CA is poised to be one of the most influential blogs in this world, and this series explores the ingredients of Chirol’s, Curzon’s, and Younghusband’s recipe for success.

The presentation is by me. The text often included below the slides was compiled by my partner, Matthew Gleason.





Coming Anarchy, a tdaxp series:
Coming Anarchy 1: Introduction
Coming Anarchy 2: Methods and Analysis
Coming Anarchy 3: Identity
Coming Anarchy 4: Failure
Coming Anarchy 5: Obsession
Coming Anarchy 6: Sacrifices
Coming Anarchy 7: Humility
Coming Anarchy 8: Geography
Coming Anarchy 9: Recognition
Coming Anarchy 10: The Gap
Coming Anarchy 11: Conclusion

3 thoughts on “Coming Anarchy 1, Introduction”

  1. After giving my description of Beijing traffic (the cab drive who drove into pedestrians, flashing police SUVs ignored because they are not traffic police, etc) to Father of tdaxp , he described at as “Regimented Anarchy” — which may be a good name for a CA spinoff focusing on Victorian Pagan life on-the-ground 🙂

  2. Looking forward to the rest. We'll have to run a “Tdaxp confessions ” series to be even. We'll start with you in front of your webcam telling all! Maybe you can make out a few times too =)

  3. I think what you are creating is very incisive, however always remember that what you create is not always the way.

    (p.s. the Ender's Game analogy to my Strategos ideas is coming soon)

  4. Taylor,

    I thought of Ender's Game a lot in this class. Particularly how well trained Ender becomes to his task, and the sacrifices he makes for it. I believe near the end of the book the writing discusses “the destruction of Ender's body” under the rigor of training. Some good thoughts on this on the “Sacrifices” thread of this series [1].

    Interestingly, I also thought of that book a lot in Adolescent Psychology. [2] Ender uses multiple perspectives a lot, most famously in “The Enemy's Gate is Down,” in that book and the series, both literally and figuratively


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