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A Pandemic of Ignorance and Obfuscation: Why We Repeatedly Fail to Heed the Serious Warning Signs of Major Crises

By Ian I Mitroff and John Radke Center for Catastrophic Risk Management, UC Berkeley A front-page article in the Monday, March 30, 2020 edition of The New York Times is nothing less than devastating : The “Fail-Safe System that the … Continue reading

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Proactive Crisis Management: Learning from the Best

As one of the principal founders of the modern field of Crisis Management, my colleagues and I have been studying and consulting with major organizations for nearly 40 years regarding their crisis plans and preparations. We’ve been privileged to see … Continue reading

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Corona Virus: A Prime Example Of A Wicked Mess

As one of the principal founders of the modern field of Crisis Management and a lifelong practitioner of Systems Thinking, I’ve been studying and researching large-scale systems crises for nearly 40 years. The Coronavirus is one of the worst crises … Continue reading

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Technology’s State of Crisis Demand Crisis Management

San Francisco Chronicle, September 16, 2018, p. E7. Make no mistake about it, technology is in a state of crisis of its own making. Technology has betrayed our deepest sense of trust and well-being. It has allowed itself — indeed, … Continue reading

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Ethical Technologies? A Pipedream? My Love/Hate Affair with Social Media

I believe that in far too many cases, social networks pander to the worst impulses of our society’s juvenile, obsessive need for instantaneous, narcissistic gratification. That said, in the case of the horrific Boston bombings, I also recognize they played an invaluable role in apprehending the perpetrators. Continue reading

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The Banality of Evil Arguments, Part II

Immediately after the parents of the children who were killed in Newtown met with President Obama and Senators in Washington DC in an attempt to win support for new gun control legislation, the Right-wing began its scurrilous attacks. Listening to the sickening “arguments” — if they can be called that — the following question immediately crossed my mind, “How should the Newtown parents have responded such that they would have satisfied the Right?” The “answers” I came up with constitutes in effect an evil argument. Continue reading

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The Banality of Evil Arguments

In April 17, 1775, Boswell recorded one of Samuel Johnson’s most famous lines, “Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.” If he were alive today, I believe that Johnson might well say, “Evil arguments are the first and last refuge of scoundrels.” Continue reading

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Want to End Gun Violence? Write A Good Bumper Sticker!

One of the reasons why the NRA and rabid gun “enthusiasts” are so effective in getting their ideas across is that they’ve perfected the art of writing bumper stickers. Continue reading

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Treating Gun Violence as an Addiction and a Cult

If as I believe that an obsessive need for guns is akin to an addiction and therefore cannot be dealt with by means of conventional arguments (after all, many alcoholics know “rationally” that alcohol is killing them but they are still unable to resist its near total control over their lives), then I believe that we need to stop beating around the bush and treat the obsessive need for guns as a major form of addiction. Continue reading

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Let No Factor Go Unheeded: Treat Every Causative Factor in Gun Violence as Aggresively as Possible

There are at least two widely differing positions in treating gun violence that surface every time there is a horrendous tragedy like that which happened in Newtown, Connecticut. Indeed, they are always just beneath the surface of any argument pertaining to gun control. Continue reading

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