Thread to explore the use of the word "lodestar," noticed in Strzok book.
The word "lodestar" was used in the "Anonymous" article published by the New York Times. This provoked much analysis. (This thread is not to discuss politics.) tennessean.com/story/news/pol…
Apparently the Vice President uses that word a lot.
Historical analysis. Is it something like the North Star?wkms.org/post/whats-wor…
"By the early 16th century, the related term “Lodestone” was in common usage. A Lodestone is a naturally magnetic rock, which could thus serve as a kind of primitive compass.

A Lodestar is somewhat similar to a Loadstone:"
"in the late 16th century, 'Loadstar' is another name for Polaris, the North Star,' which sailors often used...as a navigational guide...has since taken on the related positive denotation of something inspirational, something that guides you towards all things good."
Strzok: "our efforts still were guided by the same bright, unwavering lodestar."
Nobody I know has ever used this word. No book I've ever read, no article, no magazine - zero.

The article concludes: "So remember, folks, use your words, especially if no one else is using them!" wkms.org/post/whats-wor…
But words are a symbol of culture. For example, Jewish people of a certain age will say that someone is a "shmuck."
So in whose world is the "lodestar" a thing? (Jewish people don't talk about a "North Star" either...we don't worship the stars.)
Lockheed C-60A "Lodestar"
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Interesting art on the front of it ("Goodtime Gal").
"Rick Perry’s Lodestar State"

WSJ, June 4, 2015
wsj.com/articles/rick-…
"the Ryan budget, which continues to function as the party’s ideological lodestar"

WaPo, 6/6/16

washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-lin…
Lodestar seems to mean a centering point as versus a North Star is a point you work toward.
So when Strzok says, "Things were getting complicated quickly, but our efforts still were guided by the same bright, unwavering lodestar" --

he isn't talking about an END goal but rather a PROCESS goal (we all agree that this piece of info is important)
If nothing else this suggests a mindset that is different from what the average person might hold.

You and I might want to solve the problem ("North Star") - e.g. end poverty.

Here the goal was to find the individual presumed to have taken an action ("Lodestar").
If we all agree that this piece of info is important - if it is the centering piece of our investigation - then the conclusion of the investigation is presumed as well.

So it's not an objective process.
The CRS (Congressional Research Service) uses the word "lodestar" this way in a 2008 report, "Awards of Attorneys’ Fees by Federal Courts and Federal Agencies"
fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/9…
The report discusses the "lodestar" method of "calculating 'reasonable' attorney's fees." The "lodestar" is a kind of average figure that everyone can agree on based on common sense.
If the question of Russian interference as prescribed by a dominant narrative was a matter of consensus and common sense, then there was no opportunity for what the noted organizational theorist Chris Argyris called "double-loop learning" - no way to question the "facts."
An investigation is supposed to constantly question the facts though. At any point, new information may come in that fundamentally alters all the "known knowns" that came before.
So "lodestar" versus "North Star" is a very revealing term when used in a book about conducting an investigation.
The word "lodestar" is also used by the Washington Post with reference to Hillary Clinton as a 2016 presidential candidate. The point of the term is to emphasize that a woman should be president regardless of who she is.

washingtonpost.com/politics/hilla…
"The potential to become America’s first female president is a lodestar for Clinton’s campaign, and the soon-to-be candidate has strongly suggested that she will stress her path-breaking role."
Words are very revealing. If you use a word like "lodestar" as opposed to a word like "North Star" (as much as I dislike this term) to make your point, you're saying that the logic of your argument is consensus - not good content.
I know from my short time as a brand consultant that you can't make good decisions by committee.
We should go back to being a country that debates ideas on their merits.

Thank you @SaRaAshcraft for highlighting this interesting word.
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