Martin van Creveld: Our armies become pussycats, part 2

Summary:  In this second post about the real revolution in military affairs, Martin van Creveld examines why men fight. Rather than the conventional political and geopolitical factors, he looks at the psychology of excellence, honor, spirituality, and PTSD. It's worth some thought as we begin the second round of our long war.  See part one … Continue reading Martin van Creveld: Our armies become pussycats, part 2

Martin van Creveld: Our armies become pussycats, part 1

Summary:  The revolution in military affairs continues, silently and invisibly. Our hardware-obsessed military and its fanboys see only tools while the nature of war itself evolves. Previous posts looked at the increased role of women and children. Here Martin van Creveld looks at another fundamental change.   Pussycats - Part I By Martin van Creveld … Continue reading Martin van Creveld: Our armies become pussycats, part 1

A great sociologist explains the logic of our wars: “crackpot realism”

Summary: Every day brings forth a new tide of analysis about events. Yet world dynamics change only slowly, and instead of new clickbait we should look at old insights that we have not learned. Such as this explanation of US grand strategy by the late great sociologist C. Wright Mills: the "crackpot realism" of our … Continue reading A great sociologist explains the logic of our wars: “crackpot realism”

The good news of history: it’s a story of less violence & better societies

Summary:  Most of the content on the FM website concerns bad news and exhortations to action. Both are anti-clickbait. Today we have good news about humanity, on the largest possible scale. The trend of history shows a large decline in violence from the state of nature to now. Assuming we don't nuke the world, this … Continue reading The good news of history: it’s a story of less violence & better societies

Martin van Creveld asks “War! What is it good for?”

Summary:  Since we appear to be locked into a long war, we should understand the nature of war and how its changing. Fortunately there are books explaining this in clear language. In today's post Martin van Creveld reviews one of the best of the new ones, by a Stanford professor of classics. Your breath first … Continue reading Martin van Creveld asks “War! What is it good for?”