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 catalyst for establishing and maintaining stratified, hierarchical and (usually) oppressive […] Read more »

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 Booknotes regarding his book, How to Read and Why. Bloom, an eccentric character who […] Read more »

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 planning for insights that can be used against the United […] Read more »