Fringe is designed to test the limits of conflict resolution theory and practice in response to today's complex problems. Here we dare to gaze into the abyss and ask, "What if?"
“To protect my position, my corner, my lair,
while we out here, say the hustler’s prayer.
If the game shakes me or break me
I hope it makes me a better man,
take a better stand.
Put money in my mom’s hand,
get my daughter this college plan
so she don’t need no man.
Stay far from timid.
Only make movies when ya heart’s in it,
and live the phrase ‘sky’s the limit.’”
- Christopher George Latore Wallace (1997) 
In our constantly reinterpreted and adapted anti-authoritarian, anti-capitalist and anti-Statist critique of the modern world, we the so-called “radical Left,” scorn bankers, romanticize poverty, and vandalize the machines that convert our hourly labors into paper bills. We have a de facto antagonism toward those who earn above the average, and with good cause, as much of this is due directly to the hierarchy of the boss-worker relationship. We hate “the rich” and the “one percent.”
Though this essay does not seek to apologize for the management and owning class, it does attempt to pose a more challenging question about our relationship to work and survival: What about those of us who make our way through capitalism by exploiting not our neighbors or coworkers, but the outside margins of ‘less than fully regulated’ economies? What about those who seek to work less, yet earn more because they choose to operate in a sphere of employment that exists in between legal and illegal, regulated and unregulated, socially accepted and stigmatized?
This month a new flotilla is scheduled to set sail to Gaza. As will be recalled, in May 2010 a violent confrontation at sea between Israeli naval forces and pro-Palestinian activists led to the death of nine people and many more injured; before a Turkish vessel aiming at breaking the Israeli blockade of Gaza was escorted to a port. As a consequence, relations between Israel and Turkey dramatically soured and Israelis standing in the international community further eroded. Judging by the rhetoric of the parties involved today another collision seems imminent, with more flotillas forthcoming in the future.
As scholars of conflict resolution, we believe that such situations call for constructive adaptation on the part of those involved. To that end we propose the IDF take initiative and create the first ever Conflict Resolution Commando unit.
For the better part of 2011, I have, due to much self-interest, bugged Roi Ben-Yehuda to write a piece for Unrest. Roi is a colleague and a fantastic writer who even when I firmly disagree with him, still manages to push the boundaries of my own assumptions about the meaning, purpose, and practice of conflict resolution. You can imagine my excitement then when Roi proposed publishing a piece he had co-written with Andrea Bartoli, world-renowned scholar, practitioner, and now Dean of The School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution. You can also imagine my, shall we call it surprise, when I read the following article on the creation and deployment of conflict resolution commandos (or CRCs). Were they serious? I felt like I had walked in on the middle of a joke and was about to make Unrest the butt of it by publishing a piece that sits uncomfortably between deadly seriousness and total absurdity.
Fringe is designed to test the limits of theory and action in response to today’s complex problems. Here we dare to gaze into the abyss and ask, “What if?” Fringe is designed as a communicative space where creative propositions are articulated and also challenged by the thoughtful critiques they deserve. Leading thinkers in the field of peace and conflict research are given a chance to pursue unconventional ideas in a forum that moves beyond today’s prescriptive responses to issues of war and violence. Additionally, readers of Unrest are given the opportunity to react to the ideas presented and suggest their own visions for future engagements or interventions.