We still say "Fight like a man!" but we no longer do it. We no longer understand the word man.
When we're discussing nations, a more appropriate command would be "Fight like a plant!" (Could also add Govern like a plant!
... though that's not a cliche.)
Western lunatics are genuinely shocked by ISIS/ISIL/IS/IslamicState. Why? Because ISIS is fighting wars and governing the old-fashioned natural way. The way Westerners used to fight before 1950.
In other words, ISIS is fighting like a plant,
not fighting like a brain-damaged drug-addled Goldman-slave fairy.
How do plants fight?
Government and force structure: Strong subsidiarity. Roots, leaves, flowers, all distinct modules connected by stems and stolons.
Each takes care of its own cells, contributing a percentage to the whole plant and relying on the whole plant for defense. Each part is detachable. If it rots or starts spreading bad stuff, it falls off.
Military fortification: Thorns, unpleasant or toxic chemicals spread within 'national boundaries' aka the dripline.
War: A leaf detects activity by herbivore insects or parasitic fungi. It develops its own chemical weapons to kill or deter the invaders, and signals the rest of the plant to start up their own weapon factories. After it fights a specific invader, it forms a valid stereotype.
It remembers the relevant characteristics of the invader so it can be more careful the next time.
Taking territory: After a plant clears out the immediate area, it sends roots or stolons into immediate neighborhoods, and sends seeds via wind and birdshit into more distant areas.
Keeping territory: A plant uses colorful flowers and tasty fruits to set up a hopefully permanent 'culture' in its immediate area. It persuades bees and humans to pollinate and preserve it.
Sane nations follow the same principles. US was fully sane before Lincoln, partly sane after Lincoln, went fully psychotic under Wilson, regained sanity briefly, then lost it permanently under LBJ.
ISIS is fighting like a plant. Decentralized leadership; fortification; detecting activity by Islamivores or parasites and eliminating them; watching for Islamivores; taking territory by establishing roots and sending out propaganda; keeping territory by serving the ordinary people.
Later thought here.
Labels: Grand Blueprint, Natural law = Sharia law, Smarty-plants