Hence to fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy’s resistance without fighting.
Therefore the skillful leader subdues the enemy’s troops without any fighting; he captures their cities without laying siege to them; he overthrows their kingdom without lengthy operations in the field.
—Sun-Tzu (ancient Chinese 5GW Theorist)
The S-P-E 5GWers (or whatever we should call them) don’t wait for the future to arrive, they actively seek out to create and shape the future they desire.
The S-P-E 5GWer acts out in the open (not in secret), but their true aims or expected/hoped-for consequences are closely held (secret) and/or at longer timespans then most folks consider or notice (there’s the secrecy), or the effects are so broad/horizontal that the ramifications are overlooked by most.
The S-P-E 5GW will be non-kinetic in war sense – or rather the kinetics will be widely dispersed.
The S-P-E 5GW actor is a Super Empowered Individual or group of SEIs (where SEI = individuals super-empowered by their access to technology and connectivity allowing them to act and interact globally) who use entrepreneurial principles to initiate, organize, create, and possibly manage change in a target actor (state, institution, network) or the target actor’s environment to further the non-trivial socio-political goals of the 5GW actor. The S-P-E 5GW actor will employ and manipulate a variety of actors across a variety of domains to create changes that will have effects even after the 5GW actor is no longer actively participating in the changes.
The SEI choosing the path of S-P-E 5GW may include (but not be limited to):
- Super-empowered money actors (think Gates, Buffet, Soros)
- Super-empowered media access actors (think Gore, Michael Moore, Kos)
- Super-empowered idea/meme generating actors
When you read of the founders of the Muslim Brotherhood Project…think S-P-E 5GW.
When you read of the founders of American Cold War Strategy…think S-P-E 5GW.
When you read of TDAXP’s MISC ideas…think budding S-P-E 5GW.
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