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following strategies are ruthless and corrosive in method and manner, but should be placed in the Grey Man’s tool box right along with the 48 Laws of Power. When you are exposed or step out from the cloak of anonymity, you should always be prepared to strike or defend effectively against any opponent or enemy scheme. Warfare is the constant thread in our history. Let’s face it; life is about applying effort and force more often than not. The following strategies are sobering guideposts to that end… Swanson http://www.amazon.com/33-Strategies-War-Robert-Greene/dp/0670034576 http://bookoutlines.pbwiki.com/The+33+Strategies+of+War THE 33 STRATEGIES OF WAR by Robert Greene
Strategies of the Self
1: Declare war on your enemies: Polarity You cannot fight effectively unless you can identify them. Learn to smoke them out. Then, inwardly declare war. Your enemies can fill you with purpose and direction. 2: Do not fight the last war: Guerilla-war-of-the-mind Wage war on the past and ruthlessly force yourself to react to the present. Make everything fluid and mobile. 3: Amidst the turmoil of events, do not lose your presence of mind: Counterbalance Keep your presence of mind whatever the circumstances. Make your mind tougher by exposing it to adversity. Learn to detach yourself from the chaos of the battlefield.
. Give them the spirit of the campaign. Uncertainty can be better than an explicit threat. Fighting you is not worth it. 6: Segment your forces: Controlled-chaos The critical elements in war are speed and adaptability--the ability to move and make decisions faster than the enemy. If aggressive. Break your forces into independent groups that can operate on their own. 7: Transform your war into a crusade: Morale Get them to think less about themselves and more about the group.4: Create a sense of urgency and desperation: Death-ground Place yourself where your back is against the wall and you have to fight like hell to get out alive. a mission to accomplish. Make them see their survival is tied to the success of the army as a whole. bait them into a rash attack that leaves them in a weak position. a crusade against a hated enemy. Strategies of the Team 5: Avoid the snares of groupthink: Command-and-control Create a chain of command where people do not feel constrained by your influence yet follow your lead. an embittered enemy bent on revenge. Involve them in a cause. If your opponents aren't sure what attacking you will cost. they will not want to find out. Sometimes it is better to undermine your enemies covertly. 9: Turn the tables: Counterattack Let the other side move first. political goodwill. Create a sense of participation. 10: Create a threatening presence: Deterrence Build a reputation for being a little crazy. but do not fall into groupthink. and room to run. Defensive Warfare 8: Pick your battles carefully: Perfect-economy Consider the hidden costs of war: time.
18: Expose and attack your opponent's soft flank: Turning Frontal assaults stiffen resistance. Striking first. Offensive Warfare 12: Lose battles. 16: Hit them where it hurts: Center-of-gravity Find the source of your enemy's power. Resisting the temptation to respond buys valuable time. 14: Overwhelm resistance with speed and suddenness: Blitzkrieg Speed is power. Find out what he cherishes and protects and strike. Focus on your ultimate goal and plot to reach it. unbalanced. 13: Know your enemy: Intelligence The target of your strategies is not the army you face. 17: Defeat them in detail: Divide and conquer Separate the parts and sow dissension and division. but the mind who runs it. distract your enemy's attention to the front. Instead. before enemies have time to think or prepare will make them emotional. and prone to error. work to define the nature of the relationship itself. . but win the war: Grand strategy Grand strategy is the art of looking beyond the present battle and calculating ahead. Control your opponent's mind. pushing emotional buttons and compelling them to make mistakes.11: Trade space for time: Nonengagement Retreat is a sign of strength. Sometimes you accomplish most by doing nothing. then attack from the side when they expose their weakness. 15: Control the dynamic: Forcing Instead of trying to dominate the other side's every move. Learn to read people. eminently defeatable parts. Turn a large problem into small.
21: Negotiate while advancing: Diplomatic war Before and during negotiations. When you sense weakening resolve. 22: Know how to end things: Exit strategy You are judged by how well things conclude. tighten the noose and crush their willpower. Sometimes the ordinary is extraordinary because it is unexpected. When you come under moral attack from a clever enemy. Feed their expectations. creating relentless pressure and compelling the other side to settle on your terms. Create dilemmas where all potential choices are bad. The more you take. 24: Take the line of least expectation: Ordinary-Extraordinary Upset expectations. First do something ordinary and conventional. 20: Maneuver them into weakness: Ripening for the sickle Before the battle begins. 25: Occupy the moral high ground: Righteousness The cause you are fighting for must seem more just than the enemy's. Know when to stop. Create a reputation for being tough and uncompromising so that people are giving ground even before they meet you. the more you can give back in meaningless concessions. keep advancing. and they will fool themselves. don't whine or get angry-fight fire with fire. Unconventional Warfare 23: Weave a seamless blend of fact and fiction: Misperception Make it hard for your enemies to know what is going on around them. Avoid all conflicts and entanglements from which there are no realistic exits. then hit them with the extraordinary. manufacture a reality to match their desires. Questioning their motives and making enemies appear evil can narrow their base of support and room to maneuver. put your opponent in a position of such weakness that victory is easy and quick.19: Envelop the enemy: Annihilation Create relentless pressure from all sides and close off their access to the outside world. Control people's perceptions of reality and you control them. .
weakening opponents by isolating them. Sow dissension in the alliances of others. stay balanced and rational. Be dangerous and elusive. Deliver irritating but damaging side attacks and pinpricks. offering no resistance. Before they notice. leaving you blameless and clean.26: Deny them targets: The Void The feeling of emptiness is intolerable for most people. you may acquire an empire. don't fight those who have it. 27: Seem to work for the interests of others while furthering your own: Alliance Get others to compensate for your deficiencies. To counter terror. and let them chase you into the void. 28: Give your rivals enough rope to hang themselves: One-upmanship Instill doubts and insecurities in rivals. but join them. The goal is to cause maximum chaos and provoke a desperate overreaction. 29: Take small bites: Fait Accompli Take small bites to play on people's short attention span. . sending messages through little details. Then either slowly make it your own or wait for the right moment to stage a coup. Lure people into coming to the conclusions you desire and into thinking they've gotten there by themselves. fight your wars. 33: Sow uncertainty and panic through acts of terror: Chain Reaction Terror can paralyze a people's will to resist and destroy their ability to plan a strategic response. 30: Penetrate their minds: Communication Infiltrate your ideas behind enemy lines. Disguise your aggression so you can deny that it exists. 32: Dominate while seeming to submit: Passive-Aggression Seem to go along. getting them to think too much and act defensive. do your dirty work. Give enemies no target to attach. Make them hang themselves through their own self-destructive tendencies. 31: Destroy from within: The Inner Front To take something you want. but actually dominate the situation.
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