Martin van Creveld sees the Rise and Fall of History, followed by Amnesia

Summary: Martin van Creveld looks at one of the great phenomena of our time, one which has seriously damaged our world -- the death of history (the study of history). He describes how it happens. See the posts at the end for examples of its ill effects.   The Fall and Rise of History By … Continue reading Martin van Creveld sees the Rise and Fall of History, followed by Amnesia

Six headlines from 2009 telling us important news about 2015’s climate

Summary: This is the first in a new regular feature on the FM website showing the best of the propaganda headlines that fill our news. Today we have six headlines telling an important story about us and climate change. Post your thoughts about these in the comments. Get your favorite headlines posted (past or present, … Continue reading Six headlines from 2009 telling us important news about 2015’s climate

Notes from the Victory Parade in Moscow about our amnesia, & peace

Summary: Yesterday Russians celebrated their history, the 70th anniversary of VE Day. On the day marking this great shared accomplishment, America displayed our ignorance with a pointless gesture of the kind that damages the amity among nations and prevents diplomacy.  {1st of 2 posts today.}  Lest We Forget: a note about our past and present … Continue reading Notes from the Victory Parade in Moscow about our amnesia, & peace

Machiavelli warns us against listening to Iran’s exiled terrorists

Summary:  Our foreign policy consists largely of repeating mistakes from the past. This post examines two example -- one from a decade ago, one from today -- along with a comment by Machiavelli chastising our folly. This is the 2nd of 3 posts today about our FAILure to learn, each with a lesson from the … Continue reading Machiavelli warns us against listening to Iran’s exiled terrorists

Amnesia and anger: one is the problem, the other the cure.

Summary: There is no need for complex solutions to produce political reform in America. We have the machinery. We know our peril as the Republic dies. We need only find the spark within ourselves that will produce action. I recommend anger. We have much to get angry about. Here we look at our leaders' lies. … Continue reading Amnesia and anger: one is the problem, the other the cure.