Afghanistan’s girls show the dark side of America’s influence in the world

Afghanistan Women

Summary: Trump is committing America to the overthrow of a 4th secular regime in the Middle East, probably to be replaced (like the others) by a fundamentalist Islamic government (or chaos). Amidst the cheering for Trump, let's look at what we have done for the women in Afghanistan. Let's remember that before we wreck another country. People … Continue reading Afghanistan’s girls show the dark side of America’s influence in the world

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Is the Berkeley riot the start of an uprising by America’s young men?

4chan

Summary: 2016 was the year of the Trump surprise. The Berkeley riot suggests that 2017 might hold a bigger surprise - the uprising of an underclass of America's young men. It might change America's politics for a generation, or forever. "No man is an island, Entire of itself, Every man is a piece of the … Continue reading Is the Berkeley riot the start of an uprising by America’s young men?

Attritionist Letter #1 – The US Marines turn away from the future

Leadership as Chess

Summary: Sixteen years of the War on Terror have made our jihadist foes stronger, more virulent, and more widely spread -- few Americans realize that America's internal divisions are mirrored by equally serious problems within the US military. The "Attritionist Letters" described one facet of that conflict, written by Marine Corps officers. We should listen to … Continue reading Attritionist Letter #1 – The US Marines turn away from the future

Is North Korea or China the bigger threat to America?

North Korea Poster

Summary: Attention swirls around North Korea (the DPRK), capturing the attention of Washington. But the situation might differ from its press clippings. China often leverages the DPRK's bellicose and deviant behavior to its advantage. While the DPRK persists in its missile-rattling, we should not ignore China pulling its puppet's strings to create a diversion to distract our … Continue reading Is North Korea or China the bigger threat to America?

Martin van Creveld warns about the infantilization of our youth

Infantilization of America's Youth

Summary: Martin van Creveld looks at a disturbing trend in the West -- the increasing age of adulthood. We expect less maturity from young adults and deny them the responsibility that helps them grow. They live down to our expectations. Both they and society are the losers from this.   “Infantilization” By Martin van Creveld. … Continue reading Martin van Creveld warns about the infantilization of our youth

Stories of the Left & Right about the Berkeley riot reveal much about us

violence

Summary: Was Louise Rosealma an innocent victim or a thug throwing bottles? Was Nathan Damigo a white knight defender or a right-wing thug? See the truth about stories of the Berkeley riot. See how Left and Right twist the evidence and dream up narratives to justify the actions of "their" thugs. If not suppressed, increasing political violence … Continue reading Stories of the Left & Right about the Berkeley riot reveal much about us

Our Right & Left have lost their way. Saul Alinsky points to a better politics.

Let's reimagine the rules

Summary: As US politics becomes a cacophony of lies and nonsense (now descending into street violence), we need to know that it can be better. This post reminds us of Saul Alinsky's famous "Rules for Radicals", which will work for any political movement. "Let them call me rebel and welcome, I feel no concern from … Continue reading Our Right & Left have lost their way. Saul Alinsky points to a better politics.