Manifest Destiny – A Case Study in National Purpose?

WARNING – ANOTHER SUPER LONG POST  (Sorry I keep throwing these things on you guys).  An interesting discussion has been enfolding over at Zenpundit’s place. The topic of the day is grand strategy and its relation to moral and national purpose. My previous foray into the topic, “Dreaming Grand Strategy”, drew the attention of Mark […]

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Don’t Trust a WEIRD Man’s Reasoning

Via Arts and Letters Daily comes this fascinating presentation by psychologist Jonathan Haidt on ‘moral psychology’. More interesting than Hait’s thesis is the qualifiers he adds to it, noting two important studies that gave him cause for intellectual humility. Says he:  The New Science of Morality Jonathan Haidt. Edge. July 2010. But before I come […]

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Musings – Cognitive Consquences of Historical Metaphors

Author’s Note: A few days ago I finished reading Europe in Crisis, 1598-1648, by Geoffrey Parker. Parker is a renowned scholar of 17th century Europe, and for those unfamiliar with the period’s history I can think of no better introduction than this volume. This reading was the impetus for the following post. You can summarize […]

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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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