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The Creative Process

Glenn Reynolds

By Steven Pressfield | Published: May 28, 2010

I was first introduced to Glenn Reynolds through his blog Instapundit. If you’ve ever seen the Instapundit stream, then you know Glenn’s posts are like the tide coming in—full and constant waves, arriving all-day long.

Young  Glenn

S.P.: O Blogfather! You were among the very first to really make blogging work. What was your original impetus for jumping into this field? Are you ever surprised at how far it has carried you?

G.R.: Well, I teach Internet Law, and because it’s a fast-changing field I try to do hands-on stuff so that I’m teaching from firsthand knowledge, not just out of a casebook.  (Before InstaPundit I had some music sites for various bands I performed in / recorded / produced and a chain of Internet “radio stations” via I was also a regular reader of the blogs that were around then, back when they were still called “me-zines”—Mickey Kaus, Virginia Postrel, Caterina Fake, Andrew Sullivan, etc. (more…)

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Noah Coburn’s “Connecting with Kabul”

By Mac McCallister | Published: May 27, 2010

Read Noah Coburn’s Connecting with Kabul.  The information contained in this report is invaluable for the practitioner of population-centric COIN looking for insights into the importance of local patronage networks in Afghanistan. While Coburn’s work focuses strictly on Afghanistan, similarities in patterns of social networking behavior can be found in other traditional societies.

I personally witnessed many of the same characteristics highlighted by Coburn in the patronage networks of the Anbar tribal awakening movement while serving as the Tribal Advisor to the Multi-National Forces-West in 2005-2007.

Coburn explains:

  • Afghan parliamentarians are first and foremost members of local patronage networks, which include formal and informal leaders.
  • Patronage networks in rural Afghanistan are not strictly resource or service providers. They are also about social relationships and religious obligations and reinforced through marriage, business, friendship and other social and economic ties. The emphasis in patronage networks is on personal relationships rather than on legal-rational, bureaucratic authority.
  • The local patronage network judges its representatives on their ability to provide for resources from the national government and the international community. (more…)
Posted in Agora


AgoraAn Interview with an Afghan Tribal Chief

Interview With A Tribal Chief Update

By Steven Pressfield | Published: May 27, 2010

“Interview with a Tribal Chief” is one series  that ran on the “It’s the Tribes, Stupid” blog. It featured interviews with Chief Ajmal Khan Zazai.

Freerange International has a report up about Chief Zazai being ambushed by Pakistani Taliban this past week. (more…)

Posted in Agora, An Interview with an Afghan Tribal Chief
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