Grand Strategy Absent Grand Ends

How can America craft a new grand strategy? The example of Jia Yi – a famous Chinese statesman and thinker who failed to convince his dynasty to adopt the strategy he proposed – can help us understand the central role that culture and a sense of national mission play in the creation of national strategy. Jia Yi was a strategist born […]

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Changing a Political System That Is Rigged Against You

In a recent post titled “The Rule of Law and the Ruling Class in American History” I suggested that observing which parts of the American people could break laws with impunity and which parts were certain to be punished for doing so can shed light on the inner workings of American society during any particular […]

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Collapse of America’s National Security, or Collapse of the American Family?

Earlier this week a story dropped into my inbox that was ideally suited for meeting the Stage’s stated  mission to investigate “intersection of governance, ecology, demographics, culture, history, and security”: APNewsBreak: Nearly 1 in 4 Fails Military Exam  Christine Armario and Dorie Turner. Associated Press. 21 December 2010. Nearly one-fourth of the students who try to join […]

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A Question for the Conservative

Consider the following:  Social norms are customary rules of behavior that coordinate our interactions with others. 1.A Culture is ultimately a social phenomena; the phrase β€œcultural norms” should be regarded as synonymous with β€œsocial norms.”  Social norms influence all interpersonal decisions an individual may make. 2.A. By extension, social norms are the basis of the […]

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Connecting the Dots: Social Mobility and Family Structure

It does not matter who you are or where you come from. In America, if you study long enough and work hard enough you can become anything. Every American child has heard this story. It is a shame it is not true. Earlier this year the OECD published a report on the various economic policies […]

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