Christopher Mott

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Currently author of one Central Asian history and International Relations book as well as multiple published articles on foreign policy topics. Hopefully a future weird fiction author as well once life gives me the time necessary. Also considering future nonfiction writing projects in Native American history and geopolitical theory.

My book interests break down to nonfiction in world history, military history, astronomy, earth science, geography, and philosophy. Especially forgotten about civilizations or conflicts, the Eurasian Steppe, and the indigenous peoples of the Americas. In fiction I love weird /horror fiction, and unconventional and genre atypical science fiction and fantasy. I also like bizarre or concept driven graphic novels.

Black Mahakala: Macro-History as Annihilationism

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I just finished reading Speculative Annihilationism by Matt Rosen, the newest entry of note in the growing canon of speculative realist philosophy. I have posted on this subject before, in particular about my working side quest of integrating Object-Oriented Ontology and adjacent thought into geopolitics. But Speculative Annihilationism (let’s use SA from here on out) is somethin...

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“All warfare is based on deception. Hence, when we are able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must appear inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near.”
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