Military strategy and Game of Thrones

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Those that want to avoid the fate of the dodo are well advised to heed simple strategic advice from philosophers such as Sun Tzu.

I am currently watching Game of Thrones series 7, supporting Queen Daenerys  Targaryen and her dragons.  How frustrated I am at simple military strategic errors by Daenerys, strategy anyone in the LHP and business can learn from.

At the start of series 7 Queen Daenerys has a winning hand of cards, her opponent Cersei Lannister at her weakest point, only saved by a competent adviser in Qyburn.  Daenerys makes her first mistake by failing to attack Kings Landing and destroying Cersei with all her combined forces, arguing that it would cause the deaths of thousands of civilians.  If Daenerys had moved immediately with all her forces, in one battle the war would be ended, but her error causes instead the war to become prolonged, losing her advantage, and resulting in the deaths by a multiple of ten or a hundred.  The greatest killer of civilians in war has always been famine and disease, which always follows in the wake of war.

Second error, Daenerys splits her forces, they are then eliminated piecemeal, her navy is destroyed, three principle allied forces are wiped out, one of her main armies are cut off.

Third error, Daenerys acting without use of spies and intelligence, resulting in being taken by surprise in three major battles.

Fourth error, having no scouts or their equivalent, so the enemy take her navy and armies by surprise.

Fifth error, failing to create lines of supply and communication, thus one of her armies has been cut off and faces obliteration deep in enemy territory.

This might be a work of fiction, but the formerly intelligent advisers to Daenerys look like a bunch of incompetent idiots.

All these errors are reasons why businesses can fail or succeed: keeping everything focussed; acting on good intelligence; retaining strong lines of supply and communication; striking at an opportunity fast and hard; having eyes and ears on the ground in advance of the main business actions to warn of changing market conditions.

After episode 3 of series 7, the Daenerys business brand is heading in the same direction as Twitter, towards extinction, due to simple strategic errors.

Satanic creativity and strategy

A ten ton boulder rolling down a hill towards your home.  Is it productive to place a hand out to stop the boulder, or create a diversion further down the hill to divert the boulder away from the home?  You might agree that a diversion is a better policy than attempting to physically stop the boulder’s momentum.

Opposing the old is inefficient, better to add something new.
Many Satanists still entertain the policy of opposing metaphorical boulders, opposing for instance the tyranny of State or Church in might is right contests, often to no effect.  Satanic creativity offers an alternative policy where the Satanist takes a strategic viewpoint where they add something extra to the equation that creates an outcome they desire, the equivalent of creating a diversion in the path of the boulder.  A war of attrition against an object of tyranny is energy inefficient, trying to stop an object under motion of its own nature requires a huge outlay of energy, and leads to highly unpredictable results.  Better to add something extra, thus change outcomes in energy-efficient predictable ways.

The success of The Satanic Temple adding the new rather than opposing the old.
The Satanic Temple for instance is using Satanic creativity, adding something new, which then creates stunningly effective results, for instance, rather than directly opposing the Christians pushing the ten commandments monument onto the State of Oklahoma, The Satanic Temple added something new to the equation to the horror of Christians, their own Satanic statue.

The success of President Putin over the Crimea.
I watch with some admiration the strategy over the Crimea by Russian President Putin who effected a beautiful Sun Tzu outcome of victory without a fight.  In opposition NATO nations protests are ineffectual noise revealing the manifest weakness of leaders such as US President Obama.  The Satanic creative approach to the Ukraine question is adding a new variable into the equation of what is likely a predictable future act of Putin to annex more Ukraine territory to his empire, which is barracking NATO troops across the Russian/Ukraine border, a new variable that will effectively stop Putin from considering any further expansion at the expense of the Ukraine.

Opposing what already exists without adding something new is ineffective.
That already exists has its own nature and momentum, it is a form of kinetic energy in motion under its own inherent pattern, something which makes such objects difficult to oppose.   It is easier, energy-effective and more certain by placing into the world something that did not exist before, with a nature you created and launched with energy that you gave it, the new object interacts with the old object creating a more stable and predictable outcome, such as diverting a metaphorical boulder away from your house.

Use strategy and new variables to win.
If the Satanist can think of their world as a Go board, they can place new variables onto the board to change outcomes without using any attrition-based tactic.  The capture of space as Putin did with the Crimea with little bloodshed is the highest form of victory as per Sun Tzu, this is done through effective strategy and placing into the world new variables rather than opposing existing variables.

The political Satanist

Politics offers to the individual Satanist a medium of personal expression and an opportunity of personal advancement.  Rather than entertaining idealistic notions of destroying or changing a corrupt and impotent political system, the individual Satanist in my opinion can use politics plus the media as a tool for personal benefit.  The novice will rant about the obvious short-comings of the political system, even waste resources in movements of change that go nowhere, against a system that for thousands of years has and will continue to benefit the ruler at the expense of the ruled.

The success of Lucien Greaves.
Lucien Greaves of the Satanic Temple is one of the most effective Satanists to play the political system and the media for the purposes of personal expression and gain in years.  Be under no delusion, Greaves is pragmatic rather than idealistic, for he would never get to the position of becoming a major source of Satanic comment, which the media now turn to on all things Satanic, out shining even the old Satanic dinosaur the Church of Satan.

Be invisible, move when there is gain.
I use what Sun Tzu might call a formless strategy, building an invisible political and media influence for the purposes of personal gain, only deploying it when I see an opportunity to do so.  I use my business interests to personally express myself, and I have at the same time cultivated political and media influence without revealing my Satanism.  Although I express myself in public such as through the medium of this blog, I support the idea of self-determination, thus I avoid becoming involved in activities that interfere with the self-determination of individual or group such as all those current factions fighting over the Crimea.

Be calculated and objective in dealing with politics and the media.
Personal involvement in politics and with the media is ideally calculated and objective, not the result of anger as happened to me today over an ongoing political situation, as this leads to unexpected damaging results.  Although my intervention was well received by politicians, its movement into the media raises challenges in other activities I benefit from.

Sun Tzu is your friend!
Politics and media as tools of personal creative expression and gain can be rewarding as well as fun if played well.  Avoid the common mistake of playing with politics and the media like the attrition-based chess, but rather like the game of Go based on the capture of space.  In political and media strategy Sun Tzu is your friend!

The Satanist and privacy

Carry out an action only if it benefits the self.  If the individual Satanist’s central goal is manifestation of personal will to be their own god in their own life, does sharing personal details confer a personal benefit?  Unless the individual Satanist seeks to influence opinion or enrich themselves through business, since sharing personal information promotes sincerity and trust, there is no advantage to being transparent with personal information under any other circumstance.

There is little personal benefit from sharing personal information.

The number of Satanists in the world is too small and diluted to offer much personal benefit through sharing personal information with them, and those such as Diane Vera, Lucien Greaves and Zach Black who seek personal benefit, still maintain strict privacy or act under aliases.

The State works to destroy personal reputations and lives

RT yesterday published a report on Western spy agencies recruiting “cyber magicians” whose role includes destroying the reputations, businesses and lives of those considered a threat by the State, that could reasonably include successful Satanists.

Envious and egotistical Satanists can ruin your life

It is an unfortunate trait amongst Satanists to be envious of those amongst us who rise to notable success, for instance Lucien Greaves has attracted considerable hostile envy from many quarters in Satanism, including the Church of Satan which has increasingly become sidelined by the Satanic Temple in the eyes of the media.  Ego-mania also runs rampant amongst Satanists, with too many individuals claiming ownership and authority over Satanism.  Hostile Satanists often attempt to destroy the reputations and lives of fellow Satanists.

Responsibility for privacy starts with the individual

For most Satanists there is no tangible benefit from sharing personal information with others in Satanism, rather it is like offering your hand to a hungry lion to eat.  Either due to ignorance or from personal malicious motive those in authority, including some in Satanism, encourage the notion that there is no privacy, and that the individual should be enthusiastically transparent with their personal information.

Sun Tzu: adopt strategies of secrecy and deception in your online activities

An often recommended book in the Left Hand Path for Satanists to read is the ancient work on war strategy called the “Art of War” by Sun Tzu, which is used by business, politicians and generals.  Two principles that Sun Tzu recommends is secrecy and deception, two strategies that I would encourage individual Satanists to adopt.