Knowing history the way I do the rise of mercenaries scares the living shit out of me.
My news aggregator found this interesting article about how the US has no history.
Which brings this cartoon to mind.
The NRA is having a convention soon and they’re telling people attending not to bring their guns to it.
And after all the trees that have died for them to tell us we should be able to take guns anywhere. What is an ordinary person to think? ///
One of my favourite military affairs writers talks about terrorism, Islamists and why the West’s response to them is going to fail.
This article explains why the emergence of mercenaries as a common thing in today’s conflicts endangers international relations and increases the risk of war.
The biggest problem of course is that one day mercenaries discover two things. First they discover their employers have no weapons, are not willing to fight and do have money. Second they discover that they have weapons, are willing to fight and do not have money.
The actions those discoveries cause are pretty much inevitable after that.
One might use the Thirty Years War as a fine example of the problems mercenaries cause and why they became pretty much illegal for centuries.
Here is an interesting article on one of Tail Gunner Joe’s sick witch hunts that has, unfortunately, been forgotten.
I try not to feel schadenfreude of the fate of McCarthy’s side kick, Ray Cohn, but I never succeed.
In Georgia a State Rep. has most likely killed SB129, Georgia’s Religious
Freedom Power Bill.
He added an amendment that stated the bill cannot circumvent state and local nondiscrimination laws. At once the wingnuts said that this would “gut the bill”.
Good on Rep. Jacobs.
Here’s an interesting article on the roots of Tea Party ‘conservatism’.
It argues that they represent a far older conservatism, one from Europe where the ‘individual’ is assigned a place by God and nature and any attempts to change that imperils both society and the individual’s soul.
It ties in with my frequent observation that to Tea Party ‘conservatives’ that America is not a nation but a faith. They oppose modern society because modernism is, they believe, antithetical to faith.
My news aggregator discovered this interesting article on that time in history when the Southern States fully opposed States Rights and supported Federal action.
Needless to say it had everything to do with power and nothing to do with rights. Plus ca change and all that.
An interesting read by the author of a new book on the failed Drug War. I agree with him for the most part.
He overlooks that it’s human physiology that creates the high of drugs and doesn’t deal with popular, often socially acceptable, addictions like hate and anger. I do very much agree that social isolation is a major contributor to addiction. When you’ve got nothing better to do why not be an addict?
I think the problem in solving this is that our society reduces people to little more than producing-consuming economic entities. Most of us think this is a good thing. The only thing that could be worse for isolation, in my opinion, would be a gigantic prison with individual cells for everybody. I suppose it could be argued that the modern cube farm is a major step in this direction. semi/
Anyway, an interesting article and I pretty much agree with its premise.