State Tectonics


All politics is either
a) talking or
b) fighting.

Therefore information technology and military technology determine everything.

These technologies are constantly shifting but the institutions they support – states, churches, empires, and businesses – have inertia and change very slowly.

When the stresses between the fluid technology layer and the solid institutional layer that sits on top of it get too great, something breaks.

The breaks are not gradual; they are catastrophic.

See all State Tectonics posts.


State Tectonics – the big picture

Magnitude-Nine Politics – expanding on the idea of State Tectonics.

Communications Technology – social media, propaganda, memetics

Make Christendom Great Again – he’s not Hitler; he’s Luther

Many-to-many Propaganda – democratising propaganda changes everything

Measles Goes Viral – children on the front lines of bio-info-war

Money and Economics


Warfare – guerilla warfare, cyberwar, state power, the logic of violence

Nobbling the Nobility – how the Greeks created democracy

The Medieval Hiroshima – how gunpowder ended feudalism

Is Poland a Real Country? – what happens when borders don’t match reality

The Apollo Mirage – a Cold War logic that no longer exists

Tim Whatsit – why governments like surnames

An Air Force in Your Pocket – industrial age warfare vs information age warfare

Work – AI, automation, the gig economy


Conclusions no one has yet dared to draw



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