Was Boyd Really The Dark Knight?

It’s unlikely. But  I think he might have liked the movie.


The Joker: I just did what I do best. I took your little plan and I turned it on itself. Look what I did to this city with a few drums of gas and a couple of bullets.

Now compare that with:

The ability to operate at a faster tempo or rhythm than an adversary enables one to fold adversary back inside himself so that he can neither appreciate nor keep‑up with what’s going on. He will become disoriented or confused;

which suggests that

Unless such menacing pressure is relieved, adversary will experience various combinations of uncertainty, doubt, confusion, self‑deception, indecision, fear, panic, discouragement, despair, etc., … (Strategic Game, Chart 44)

Absolutely.  The Joker was operating inside Batman’s and Harvey Dent’s (and pretty much everybody else’s) OODA loops.  He was changing the situation and exploiting it before his opponents could comprehend.  Textbook case.

As Boyd observed in Patterns of Conflict, chart 132, if you can operate inside your opponents’ OODA loops, you can do all sorts of neat things, including:

Generate uncertainty, confusion, disorder, panic, chaos … to shatter cohesion, produce paralysis and bring about collapse.

Should seem familiar to Batman, Dent, etc.

I do hope The Dark Knight wins tonight.

[Fabius Maximus has also written about The Dark Knight:

“Some people just want to see the world burn”, 17 January 2009.

A philosophical basis for the Batman saga, 23 July 2008.]

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