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Week 3 Global Politics

by: Abbey Schroeder

Week 3 Global Politics POS 160

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These are notes covering the lecture throughout the week. The topics covered are a realist wrap-up, and the evolution of technology in reference to realism.
Global Politics and and Issues
Henry Sivak
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Date Created: 09/10/16
The Fog of War ● Lessons are given when Robert McNamara looks back on his life ● 1) Empathize with your enemy ○ Put yourself in their skin, to understand their thoughts and actions ● 2) Rationality will not save us ○ We lucked out, that is the reason why we didn’t have nuclear war ○ Humanity needs to think about if we want this kind of killing to be in the 21st century ● 3) There’s something beyond one’s self ○ 20% abort rate because soldiers were getting scared, until reinforced by strict commander ● 4) Maximize efficiency  ○ Must go through trial and error before you can maximize efficiency ● 5) Proportionality should be a guideline in war  ○ Who is killing who? Depending on who is killed does that make it more/less moral? ○ Must consider all the facts before making accusations  ● 6) Get the data ○ Are you in the market? (war dogs) = judgment, assumptions, and confusion leading to seemingly rash decisions ● 7) Belief and seeing are both often wrong ● 8) Be prepared to reexamine your reasoning ○ If we can’t convince our similar allies about our cause, we should reevaluate  ● 9) In order to do good, you may have to engage in evil ○ Similar to Machiavelli ○ How much evil must we do in order to do good?  ● 10) Never say never ○ Answer the question you wish you’ve been asked ● 11) You can’t change human nature ○ The fog of war­ war is so complex that it is beyond the capability of the human mind to  understand ○ Reason has limits Realist wrap­up ● Classical­ focus on “man” and ‘his’ natures dates back to the era of natural law (Hobbes and  Machiavelli). In the 20th century, it became the basis for thinking about the organization of  power and authority in the state system ● Structural­ the shift to structural realism brought the focus on the anarchical structure of the state  system and on the challenges of establishing hegemony WITHOUT a formal empire. This, of  course, fed well into the Cold War ○ Democratic ‘peace’­ democracies don’t fight each other ○ Limits of sociological theory and practice ○ Limits of institutionalism ○ The limits of interdependence ○ The Cold War provided a sort of running narrative that justified realist/neo­realist ideas and  claims ○ Even though the Cold War there were plenty of cracks in the “house of realism” that called into  question basic assumptions and claims ■ Quantitative revolution starts ● Positivist­ philosophy that takes objective view, and assumes we can see them as they really are  (ontology) ○ Distinguishing outcomes through changes in explanatory conditions. Identifying variables whose values lead states variously down the path to war/peace ■ Can apply to future conflicts in how to address and prevent ○ ‘The truth is really out there’ ‘conspiracy theories’ ○ Ontology­ reality, what the world is made of ○ Epistemology­ what things mean ○ Essentially leading to behaviouralism  Evolution of computer tech ● Alan Turning was original man to experiment with a computer interpreting data (30s) ● John von Newmann took Turning’s work and evolved it to assist in making  IAS and ENIAC ● WWII and the quantitative revolution ○ Faith in the instrumental power of science ○ The ‘scientization’ of the Social Sciences ■ OSS­ Office of Stratigic Services (CIA) ■ SSRC­ Social Science Research Structures ■ ONR, Ford & Rockefeller foundations ■ RAND­ research and development for quantitative reserach ○ All this allowed a diverse range of personnel and expertise, to improve military intelligence =  ‘big science’ model ● Behaviouralism ○ Focusing in ontology/ epistemology, Positivism, Law of large numbers, Quantitative revolution,  Probability theory, Quantification, Game theory and modeling ○ DSM­ Psychiatric quantification of what it means to be mentally ill ■ Meeting certain qualifications for insurance coverage, diagnosis


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