Biden was inaugurated yesterday. Didn't watch the thing, it's kinda depressing, so I went back to my old disinterested, cynical self. I used to be very happy ignoring mainstream politics. Damn you, Trump, you pulled me out of my detached cool lifestyle. Well it was more the pepes and other 4chan memes created since 2016. Damn you guys. I used to not care. I didn't want to care. But you draw me in. It was great. I had a lot of fun. But it was wrong. We all knew it was wrong, that it wouldn't get anywhere. And yet… Oh well. What is done is done.
Now back to regular programming. As promised I'll go with my translation of the 三十六計, the 36 stratagems of ancient Chinese warfare. Well, I'm only translating six stratagems, the six stratagems to use when you're in the weak side, losing the war against a strong enemy. Last time I did the very last one, which can be summarized as gtfo. Today it's turn for Stratagem #31.
(literally: The Beautiful Person Trick)
When the enemy army is strong, attack its commander. When the commander is smart, attack his emotions. When the troops are strong but their commander is weak, its momentum withers on its own. Use this to resist your enemy and you will protect yourself successfully.
When the enemy army is strong and its commanders are intelligent, you just can't compete, you have to surrender something.If you give them land, it increases the enemy's power. That's what happened to the six states and Qin [which eventually destroyed them and founded the first Empire]. That's the worst possible tactic. If you give the money and silk, it increases the enemy's wealth. That's what happened with the Song Dynasty vs. the Khitans and Jurchens. Also a bad tactic. The only good tactic is to give them hot chicks. That shaves away theirs resolve, weakens their bodies and increases the resentment of their subordinates. That's what happened with Gou Jian, King of Yue, who sent Xi Shi [legendary beauty in China to this day] to Fu Chai, King of Wu. That's the way to turn defeat into victory.
My book has some extra examples for illustration, let me introduce a funny one:
During the An Lushan rebellion, Tang Dynasty general Li Guangbi was sent to resist [An Lushan's second in command and later successor] the rebel armies of Shi Siming. The two armies soon found each other and dug trenches across a river and the situation stagnated.
At the time Shi Siming's army was slightly stronger than Li Guangbi's, having more than 1,000 high quality war horses. One day Shi Siming ordered a subordinate to take their thousand hourses to the river to drink and wash, but actually he just wanted to show them off to intimidate the governmenet forces. Li Guangbi heard of this and thought of a trick. He sent a subordinate to gather every single mare in his army, a total of around 500, and sent them close to the river where the rebel army's horses were drinking.
The mares started crying and moving excitedly as they approached the 1,000 war horses of the rebel army, and those horses on seeing the mares run straight away towards them, crossing the river and leaving their soldiers behind.
Thus, the government forces easily captured 1,000 strong war horses, and the rebel armies had to retreat several miles after losing much of its military advantage.
This might seem quite irrelevant for my readership and current affairs. Honeypots are indeed old as sin, and quite effective. And they don't require strong armies so they can be used by people in a weak position in order to gain some advantage.
But they're also not a trick which is exclusive to people in a weak position. Honeypots are just as powerful when used from a position of strength. Governments, police forces use honeypots all the time to capture criminals or dissidents. It's just a good and rather cheap trick no matter who initiates it.
If anything, I think you could say that using women against their enemies is a trick that the left has been using a lot. For centuries really. To a large extent the victory of leftism against traditional society, since the very beginning really, has been a long, centuries-long, sustained honeypot. Not just sending hot chicks to get some short term advantage or extract some incel. It's a rather more insidious sort: it's using all our women, our wives, our sisters, our daughters! in a life-long mission to sow discord and division among our ranks. The mother of all honeypots.
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