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The American military is particularly hostile to divergents in thinking hence the victory track record since 1945 for the US and allied defense establishments. Hidebound conservatism [non-political cultural alliance to "this is the way it's always been done"] crushes innovation at every turn in the DoD..

The French have a larger army and tank capability than the Wehrmacht in 1940 but stove-piped combat modalities that don't cross germinate; on paper, incredibly superior to German forces. And they simply need to fight a defense in depth to bleed the mobile advantage of the Germans. But the Germans synchronized a cross-disciplinary fighting machine (weak on logistics) harnessing a Prussian culture of disobedience to modern radio communications to "shift" priorities and combat opportunities in a very compressed time frame compared to the French response. They outmaneuvered the French militarily and philosophically with ease.

The French are defeated in six weeks. The Germans were a "divergent-friendly" force until the death of the Wehrmacht (see Robert Citino) a mere two years later in Russia in 1942.

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Feb 16, 2023Liked by Michael Woudenberg

Thank you for this great insight. I always knew I was different but I didn't know what it was. I do now. Nerodivergent. It's not always fun but I wouldn't change it if I could. I love the way I can think outside the box, mostly because I didn't know there was a box.

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Imagine if a company devoted ten percent of their working capital to divergent blue sky aspirations helmed by rebels in the company with distant ROI if any.

SpaceX lives this everyday.

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