How “The Dictator’s Handbook” can help us reform America

The Dictator's Handbook

Summary: Here Martin van Creveld reviews one of the most interesting recent books about politics. It is of great relevance as the Second Republic (built on the Constitution) slowly dies. Harsh insights are needed to save it, or perhaps to build a better Third Republic on its ruins.   "Book of the Month" The Dictator's … Continue reading How “The Dictator’s Handbook” can help us reform America

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Comforting words from Martin van Creveld about nuclear war

Nuclear Kraken

Summary: Martin van Creveld discusses one of my big fears -- nuclear war. He paints a comforting picture. Let's hope his logic proves correct, and that the forces of irrationality do not take the stage. As they have so often in history.   "My Meeting with Mr. X." By Martin van Creveld. From his website, … Continue reading Comforting words from Martin van Creveld about nuclear war

Martin van Creveld explains our phony war with North Korea

Summary: Martin van Creveld explains our dance with North Korea, fierce talk but little action, seeing what our journalists and geopolitical experts don't. "The atomic bomb is the Second Coming in Wrath." --- Winston Churchill, on hearing about the Trinity test. From Harvey H. Bundy's "Remembered Words" in The Atlantic, March 1957.   "And Pray, Sir, … Continue reading Martin van Creveld explains our phony war with North Korea

Martin van Creveld looks at the infamous women of history

Well Behaved Women Seldom Make History

Summary: After all the serious and depressing posts of late, here is some light history about forgotten famous women in history. We have heard about the many wonderful women in history. Here are some of the less wonderful. They are antidotes to the belief that women are more moral than men, and reminders that men … Continue reading Martin van Creveld looks at the infamous women of history