Center for Strategic Communication

Human Sacrifice and State-Building

[by Mark Safranski / “zen“] A while back I had a longish post that argued that the mass executions practiced by ISIS drew from the long pagan tradition of ritualistic human sacrifice. Today in the news, some social scientists see evidence of human sacrifice as the...

Review: Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy

[by Mark Safranski, a.k.a. “zen“] Blood Meridian: or The Evening Redness in the West by Cormac McCarthy Cormac McCarthy and Blood Meridian first came to my attention back in 2000 when noted literary critic, Yale professor Harold Bloom was interviewed on C-Span’s...

The learning is looped

[ by Charles Cameron — Ts learn from CTs learn from Ts learn fro.. ] . btw, this is a special format doublequote, yeah? ** Brachman and McCants note in the conclusion to Stealing Al-Qa’ida’s Playbook: Jihadi ideologues closely follow Western thought and U.S. strategic...