And no, I don’t mean from high school (I’ll bold the ones that jump out anyways) although now I’m wondering about the chicken and egg in that situation….
Stolen from Yorkshire (go read, there’s more, I just have a quick, random thought)
Rules for Power Tactics:
1. Power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have.
2. Never go outside the experience of your people.
3. Whenever possible, go outside of the experience of the enemy.
4. Make the enemy live up to their own book of rules.
5. Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.
6. A good tactic is one that your people enjoy.
7. A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag.
8. Keep the pressure on with different tactics and actions, and utilize all events of the period for your purpose.
9. The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.
10. The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition.
11. If you push a negative hard and deep enough, it will break through into its counterside.
12. The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.
13. Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.
Sounds a lot like the sort of commenters I really dislike—always “I, I, I,” pull up “well, unlike you, I’m familiar with XYZ experience,” search for a “rule” that you’ve broken (usually getting it wrong, see: #13), mistake mockery for an argument (daily show, anyone?), enjoy trolling for reactions, jump out when they start losing, never let a bad event go to waste (no matter how they have to shoe-horn it in and caricature it to make it fit), brag about faults in their reasoning like it’s a good thing, and always always always deal in strawmen. WTF?