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December 15, 2020
Convoluted crisis management has enabled us to survive but we need more in our toolbox than a hammer, a way to bully our way out of danger. We have only survived as a species by choosing appropriate strategies from a suite of options, in which force and strength are minor players. Force is most effective as a threat and can work for a long time, but a threat without teeth is meaningless. When the power of threats weakens, taking a hard line and carrying out the threatened action harms both sides and more importantly, it permanently locks in the losses.