The Spook

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Edward Geary Lansdale

A son of Michigan, Ed Lansdale was born in 1908 and later raised in Los Angeles, California.He was one of four sons born to Sarah and Henry Lansdale.After graduating from high school, he worked his way through the University of California (Los Angeles) by writing articles for newspapers and magazines.He later began work in advertising in the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas.

At the start of World War II, Lansdale joined the U. S. Army Air Corps, where he was subsequently classified as an intelligence officer and seconded to the Office of Strategic Services (OSS).Lansdale’s OSS assignment eventually took him to the Philippine Islands, but the timing and duration of this assignment are unknown.During the Japanese occupation of the Philippines, U. S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Wendell Fertig led the primary resistance movement — but it may be true that Lansdale and the OSS played a role…

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  1. McNamara was a proponent of Operations Research and Systems Analysis and Management… which are data driven solutions to the control problems of both government’s and businesses. He was trying to do in America that which others, like Stafford Beer, were trying to do in Salvador Allende’s Chile (Project CyberSyn). Lansdale was simply one of McNamara’s tools.

    And at the same time McNamara was experimenting with Systems Management techniques at DOD, CIA was undermining the efforts of other countries, especially Communist ones, from achieving successful results. One can certainly argue the successfulness or failures of said techniques during Vietnam, for there were many failings exposed.

    Eventually, Robert McNamara’s techniques would become further improved and implemented across the globe. We have, as a result, a Society of Control.

    The military may hate and often demonize Robert McNamara, but it would be a mistake to ridicule or pooh-pooh his ideas, since they are predominant today. Gathering data, putting numbers and equations behind fields of study are what we call “Science”. But the Humanities are also a field that can often confound the data driven/ mathematical “scientist”. Psychology, like that applied by Lansdale, constitutes a dangerous addition to the toolkit of humanities that increase the likelihood of a society of control’s success.

    And developing probaballistic and deterministic models of complex systems is what it is all about. Applying AI to the mix will increase the levels of control achievable greatly. Asimov’s psychohistory of Harry Seldon come to mind.

    One of my history professors at the Academy in the 70s taught psychohistory. Asimov was a speaker at the Academy when I was an undergrad. I later got a Masters in Systems Management from USC (a DOD centric program that uses operations research techniques and computer models). And I’ve over 40 years experience in applying computer models to management problems of government and businesses. I’m very familiar with their benefits and shortcomings. And despite their many shortcomings, they are still the best tools/ approach available for gaining a “feeling” of control. And believe me when I say, that control is mainly a “feeling”.

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    1. …I think that McNamara would agree with me, that all he got out of his “Vietnam War” experiment was a “feeling of control” that he never, actually, had, for as many bureaucrats soon learned, that there were “benefits” to be collected in “making the numbers” accommodate certain “expectations”. I think Fauci eventually learned this during Covid…

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    2. …and people often ask me why I’m so skeptical of global warming models and the bureaucrats who service them…

      …for control today is mostly a “feeling” that is seldom actualized. An elusory “feeling of power”.

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