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October 28, 2018

Fog of War - Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara (Full Documentary)

"The indefinite combinations of human fallibility and nuclear weapons will lead to the destruction of nations." -- Robert McNamara

Populism, nationalism and fascism are on the rise throughout the world as economic inequality begets polarization of political attitudes. Meanwhile, humanity is fully incapable of acting in its common best interest, instead placing full faith in demagogues selling social and economic snake oil.

The pressure is building and I fear this is just the beginning. The world is stumbling towards yet another global catastrophe and I feel it is important to watch Fog of War again.

Fog of War is one of my favourite documentaries of all time, receiving an unheard of 98% from Rotten Tomatoes.

In this documentary, former US Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara gives penance by discussing 11 lessons learned while walking the line separating peace and annihilation. These lessons are as applicable to business as they are to war:

Lesson #1: Empathize with your enemy.

Lesson #2: Rationality alone will not save us.

Lesson #3: There's something beyond one's self.

Lesson #4: Maximize efficiency.

Lesson #5: Proportionality should be a guideline in war.

Lesson #6: Get the data.

Lesson #7: Belief and seeing are both often wrong.

Lesson #8: Be prepared to reexamine your reasoning.

Lesson #9: In order to do good, you may have to engage in evil.

Lesson #10: Never say never.

Lesson #11: You can't change human nature.


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