Through the Agency of Demons: A Small Sketch of the Modern Mind’s Making

“Who does not know that wars, the mighty tempests, the pestilence, all the ills, indeed which afflict the human race, do so through the agency of demons?” (Marc Bloch, Feudal Society, p. 83)   So wrote the Saxon priest Helmold of Bosau nine centuries ago in his history of Eastern Europe, the Chronica Slavorum.  I […]

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Notes From All Over 27/02/2010 (Civilizational Collapse Edition)

A Collection of essays, reports, and blog posts of merit.  Due to the particularities of my schedule, I will be unable to post much this next week. Perhaps the week after that as well.  We shall see. To make up for this lack of material, I offer you a few interesting readings loosely connected in […]

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Musings – How We Ought To Think About History

I often find myself frustrated with the lack of historical perspective present in contemporary political discourse. History is something pundits have little use for– why bother when one can blame society’s problems on the politicians one wishes driven out of office? This proclivity to see evil only in the machinations of one’s political opponents is […]

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Notes From All Over 23/01/2010

A few older essays – long, but still containing insight: Man from the Margin: Cao Cao and the Three Kingdoms. Rafe de Crespigny. ANU Faculty of Asian Studies. Posted 7 June 2004. Dr. de Crespigny quite literally wrote the book(s) on the later Han dynasty and the “great disunion” that followed its collapse. In this […]

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History Matters: Obama’s Diplomatic Ineptitude

Today the White House briefing room released a press report on American missile architecture in Europe. The portion of the report pertaining to this post reads as follows: Fact Sheet on U.S. Missile Defense Policy:  A “Phased, Adaptive Approach” for Missile Defense in Europe White House Office of the Press Secretary. 17 September 2009. Throughout […]

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