Monthly Archives: September 2014

Why Germans pay cash for almost everything

Yes, living under a military dictatorship makes a lasting impression: ” Hitler had largely financed the war by printing money, keeping inflation at bay through a uniquely fascist policy of strict price controls and violent threats. (“Inflation is a lack … Continue reading

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All sides value propaganda…

Flames Of War.  Glorifying sacrifice and the honor of death in battle is the clarion call of all militants.  All belligerent groups engage in it.  History is not solely written by the victors.  Modern communications allow competing narratives.  As the jihadist … Continue reading

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Aftermath of the Scottish Referendum

Originally posted on Pileus:
A few takeaways from the 55-45% victory for No in the Scottish independence referendum: The polls overestimated support for independence, just as in the 1995 Quebec referendum. Secession from a well-established democracy is extremely difficult due…

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A New Coat for the Militia Debate

The debate between those advocating a return to the federated militia structure as a “constitutionally based” homeland security and those touting private security as an alternative to the leviathan police state are both noble in their endeavor. The main objective … Continue reading

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Principle-Agent & The Security Contractor

Private military contractors and private security companies are oft maligned for their involvement with the campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan. This criticism is justified to the degree that they were violently carrying out failed foreign policies and misguided interventions. As … Continue reading

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Propaganda w/80% Truth

Every lie has 80% truth…and must in order to make it believable.  The Russians are masters of this and gained a lot of practice for it in propping up the Soviet version of socialism for over seventy years.  Their perspective on … Continue reading

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Tribes, Security & Justice

  In this great big land of ours known as the earth, the various spaces are currently administered through various political jurisdictions. Natural terrain features, such as a river, valley, mountain range, or some other distinct boundary generally form what … Continue reading

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Sun Tzu and the ISIS Threat

Sun Tzu wrote in Chapter 8 of The Art of War: “Do not depend on the enemy not coming, but depend upon our readiness against him. Do not depend on the enemy not attacking, but depend on our position that … Continue reading

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Choice As The Check On Encroachment

It is not any constitution, charter, or public institution that can limit the size and scope of government. All of those documents and offices are governmental by their nature and as such, skew toward the favor of the incumbent. In … Continue reading

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