Nativism on the March?

Has the pendulum swung away from the global spread of democracy which characterized Europe and elsewhere after the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991 until the Russian invasion of Georgia in 2008 and the subsequent rise and fall of the Arab Spring? The forces of reaction are powerful draws in times of turbulence and disruption - draws that we too often forget. Read more »

Reminders, and other signs

[ by Charles Cameron — the camps, theirs and ours, and nuking Mecca, with a pinch of Lynch ] . Here are the reminders.. ** These DoubleQuotes arose in the context of comments by Georgetown Syria specialist Marc Lynch, better known on the web as the blogger Abu Aardvark, on a recent On the Media […] Read more »

The Freikorps Revival

[by Mark Safranski, a.k.a. “zen”] One of the signs that the Westphalian state system was approaching its zenith was the gradual extinction of legal private warfare in Europe (and in America , east of the frontier). While this trend predated the French Revolution with divine right absolutism monarchs taxing and regulating their nobles once formidable […] Read more »

Intellectuals and their Romance with Political Barbarism

[by Mark Safranski, a.k.a. “zen“] Martin Heidegger, Eric Hobsbawm and Ezra Pound A  meandering post inspired by Reason Magazine and Charles Cameron. Reason.com is best known for giving a scrappy libertarian take on current events, crime, technology and pop culture, but recently, an article by Charles Paul Freund touched a deeper, darker vein of twentieth century history […] Read more »

A State Dept DoubleQuote

[ by Charles Cameron -- countering violent extremism, or the State Department goes Godwin, plus beards, good and evil ] . Then & Now: Nazis – like #ISIS – murdered out of intolerance, hatred, zeal http://t.co/igYDgfzwUT #thinkagainturnaway pic.twitter.com/7wbOCDxPpd — Think AgainTurn Away (@ThinkAgain_DOS) August 26, 2014 ** I’ve found quite a few examples of people […] Read more »

Vexillology 2

[ by Charles Cameron -- in response to a comment by Zen on a previous post -- swastikas, anarchist flags, Gadsden flags, black banners, and their various variants ] . Yesterday, in response to my piece on Black Banners in the Washington Post Zen commented: Funny how no one mistakes the meaning of a flag […] Read more »

Humanitarian intervention in the Mesozoic: lukewarm

[by Lynn C. Rees] Article II, Section 3 of our Constitution opens with this strongly worded suggestion: He shall from time to time give to Congress information of the State of the Union and recommend to their Consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient. As a people, we underutilize the President’s Annual Messages [...] Read more »

On trial in Egypt: then and now, etc.

[ by Charles Cameron -- there shall be no caging of free speech, right? ] . I was struck by the resemblance between these two photos of defendants in Egyptian courtrooms – — one of Ayman al-Zawahiri on trial shortly after the Sadat assassination [upper panel, above] the other of al-Jazeera journalists on trial today. [...] Read more »

Religion in [and wrt] the Crimea

[ by Charles Cameron -- ignorant, open, a tad sceptical, and willing to learn ] . Praying for peace in the shadow of war ** That video was from Lindsey Hilsum‘s Inside Ukraine: praying for peace in the shadow of war. There we read: It was mid-morning as we drove up to the Ukrainian marine [...] Read more »

Adding to the Bookpile

[by Mark Safranski, a.k.a. "zen"]    Cultures of War: Pearl Harbor / Hiroshima / 9-11 / Iraq by John Dower  Berlin Diary: The Journal of a Foreign Correspondent, 1934-1941 by William Shirer Moral Combat: Good and Evil in World War II by Michael Burleigh  Picked up a few more books for the antilibrary. Dower is best known for [...] Read more »