The Proxy War We’re Fighting -Mental Model 026

A variable that is not in itself directly relevant, but that serves in place of an unobservable or immeasurable variable.

Example: Per capita GDP is used as a proxy of standard of living. Birth country is used as a proxy for race. And Body Mass Index is a proxy for actual body fat percentage.

Another type of proxy is a proxy war. For example, in Ukraine there is fighting between the Ukrainian army and Russian-backed separatists. Their conflict, is a proxy war between the NATO alliance (the west) who back Ukraine and Russia who back the separatists, who provide them with funding, weapons and training.

Wisdom: “Nature will not be admired by proxy.” — Winston Churchill

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Originally published at tomchanter.blog on October 19, 2017.