Monday, June 15, 2015

Tribal Knowledge is going mainstream. Is it a good or bad thing?

Once upon a time you had to attend military schools or courses to get access to certain information.  Even then, most of the juicy bits didn't happen thru the "official" course literature or lectures or field work but actually took place in those school circles that the instructors ran where they went over "what was learned" and then went on to tell you 'bout practical experiences they had and how they found a few tweaks would make it better.

This was from a time when the military still had old warhorses around...time moved on and other passed along the knowledge...that hard won tribal knowledge.

Several things happened that watered down the experience (in my opinion).  The first is that the Marine Corps went joint.  The Marine way started morphing to the nasty, disgusting and foul Army way (saying that tongue in cheek...sorta) and then it got worse because everything went joint.

The most radical thing that happened is that the internet came along and suddenly what was once knowledge held by a few became knowledge held by many.

What I'm wondering is if this is a good or bad thing.

Knowledge is power, but is this power that should be held by many?

Many in the gun community are currently up in arms about what some claim is an Obama administration attempt to restrict 2nd amendment rights by declaring discussion about firearms as being punishable by fine.  Add to it the idiot that shot up Dallas Police HQ and you begin to wonder.

Right now I'm on the fence.  I just don't know.  But I do know this.  If you're keeping up with "incidents" around the country then you know exactly how on edge many are.  Incidents (that I have predicted) against police are on the rise (don't care what statistics say, I'm believing my own eyes) and they're not the usual, run from police get cornered and then shoot it, these are people actually going out hunting LEOs.

I don't know if its the right thing to restrict this "tribal knowledge" but I do understand why the powers that be are trying to.

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