Everything Else is Rubbish…

“Fighter pilots rove in the area allotted to them in any way they like, and when they spot an enemy they attack and shoot them down … Everything else is rubbish.” Baron von Ricthofen (1892 to 1918) Manfred, Baron von Richthofen, aka the Red Baron or the Red Fighter Pilot, was Germany’s top aviator and… Read More

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Situation Excellent!

“My centre gives way, my right is pushed back, situation excellent, I am attacking.” Ferdinand Foch (1851 to 1929) Foch was a Marshal of France and commander of Allied forces during the closing months of World War I, generally considered the leader most responsible for the Allied victory.

Do Extra Hours Lead to Higher Productivity?

The simple answer is no. Extra hours do not lead to higher productivity. An analysis of figures from the OECD, a club of mostly rich countries, in 2013 found a negative correlation between GDP per hour and the number of hours worked across member countries. Causation is unclear, it may be that workers in richer… Read More

Democracy & Combat Deaths

“Fewer than one in 100,000 people have died in combat per year since 2000 – one-sixth the rate between 1950 and 2000, and one-fiftieth of that between 1900 and 1950.” (The Economist, 2018, p.89). Research by the Economist suggests there is a strong correlation between democracy and peace. A stark exception to this was the… Read More

The Shape of Battles to Comes…

“I am quite confident that in the foreseeable future armed conflict will not take the form of huge land armies facing each other across extended battle lines, as they did in World War I and World War II or, for that matter, as they would have if NATO had faced the Warsaw Pact on the… Read More

Softly & Stick…

“Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.” Theodore Roosevelt (1858 to 1919) Theodore Roosevelt Jr. was an American statesman and writer who served as the 26th President of the United States from 1901 to 1909. He also served as the 25th Vice President of the United States from March to September… Read More