Scholar’s Stage Full Index

GEOPOLITICS

Geopolitics of Europe

Geopolitics of Oceania and East Asia

See also: CHINA: The Sino-American Relationship

Geopolitics of the Middle East

Geopolitics of Southeast and South Asia

U.S. Armed Forces

The U.S. in Iraq

The U.S. in Afghanistan

Modern Diplomacy

International Order 

See also: CHINA: PRC International Relations—The World That China Wants; Communist Party of China—Xi Jinping

The “Nat-Sec” World

MODERN CHINA

Contemporary Chinese Culture and Society

The Sino-American Relationship

Communist Party of China —Party Building & Party Control

Communist Party of China —Ideology

  • Xi Jinping’s War on Spontaneous Order” (28 September 2021)
  • “Xi Jinping and the Laws of History” (9 July 2020)
  • “A Note on “Historical Nihilism” (20 November 2019)
  • “Xi Jinping and the Laws of History” (9 July 2020) “A Note on “Historical Nihilism” (20 November 2019)
  • “Xi Jinping Explains His Political Philosophy” (2 June 2019)
  • “Where is the Communism in the Chinese Communist Party?” (29 December 2018)

See also: CHINA: PRC International Relations—The World That China Wants; Communist Party of China—Stability Maintenance; Communist Party of China—Xi Jinping

Communist Party of China — Political Economy 

  • Xi Jinping’s War on Spontaneous Order” (28 September 2021)
  • Engagement’s Second Order Catastrophes” (9 July 2021)
  • “When “Engagement” Backfired: The Story Behind Pro-Communist Private Enterprise” (29 August 2020) “
  • “Its Not The Economy, Stupid!” What Wealth Can’t Explain About Chinese Politics” (16 June 2015)
  • “Can China Liberalize in Time? Keep Your Eyes on Shandong” (27 December 2014)
  • “Passages I Highlighted in My Copy of “Red Capitalism”” (16 August 2014)
  • “Notes From Beijing: About that Chinese Social Contract” (24 August 2013)

See also: PRC INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS — THE BELT AND ROAD

Communist Party of China — Stability Maintenance  

  • Everything I Got Wrong in 2020” (6 January, 2021)
  • “Political and Practical Implications of the Wuhan Virus” (28 January 2020)
  • “Fissures in the Façade” (8 December 2019)
  • “Mr. Science, Meet Mr. Stability” (4 October 2019)
  • “Chinese Are Partisan Too” (14 August 2019)
  • “Two Case Studies in Communist Insecurity” (24 July 2019)
  • “It Is Not Like That Black Mirror Episode” (June 2019)
  • “Reflections on China’s Stalinist Heritage II: Just How Totalitarian is Modern China?” (7 March 2019)
  • “Reflections on China’s Stalinist Heritage I: A Tyrant’s Toolkit” (17 January 2019)
  • “A Small Note on the Terror of Uncertainty” (13 September 2018)
  • “Things That Will Get You Thrown in a Chinese Political Education Camp” (11 September 2018)
  • “Chinese Journalism and Chinese Soft Power” (31 July 2015)
  • “Bargaining with the Dragon: Some Straight Talk on Hong Kong” (6 October 2014)
  • “Notes From Beijing: About that Chinese Social Contract” (24 August 2013)

Communist Party of China — Xi Jinping

PRC International Relations—The World China Wants

PRC International Relations—Diplomacy and Intelligence

PRC International Relations—The World China Wants

PRC International Relations — Belt and Road

  • “Everything I Got Wrong in 2020” (6 January, 2021)
  • “Rethink What You Know About Xi’s Belt and Road” (25 October 2020)
  • “The Utterly Dysfunctional Belt and Road” (8 May 2019)
  • “Bootlicking in Beijing” (7 December 2018) .

PRC International Relations—The PLA

  • “Do Mil-Mil Exchanges With the Chinese Do More Harm than Good?” (4 December 2017)
  • “Costly Signaling in the South China Sea” (6 July 2016)
  • “Arms and Influence… and China” (16 June 2016)

See also: TAIWAN: Taiwan—Military Affairs

PRC International Relations—Diplomacy and Intelligence

TAIWAN

Taiwan – Military Affairs

Taiwan — History 

THE REST OF ASIA

See also: GEOPOLITICS—Geopolitics of Southeast and South Asia

Japan

Vietnam

India

Korea

STRATEGIC THEORY

Strategic Theorists—Ancient

Strategic Theorists—Modern

Strategic Culture

Terrorism

Strategic Theory—Cognitive Foundations

Causes of War

Civil War

Counterinsurgency

Naval Warfare

POLITICAL THEORY

Asabiyah

Electoral Politics

The Extremist Gambit

  • A Brief Model of Extremist Politics” (26 August 2019)
  • “Radical Islamic Terrorism in Context, pt II” (10 October 2013)
  • “Radical Islamic Terrorism in Context, pt I” (9 October 2013)
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Democratization

Republicanism

  • “Pining for Democracy: A Few Readings” (10 November 2018)
  • “Awareness vs. Action: Two Modes of Protest in American History” (7 October 2015)
  • “Honor, Dignity, and Victimhood: A Tour Through Three Centuries of American Political Culture” (16 September 2015)
  • “Redefining the Nature of the American Polity” (5 October 2013)
  • “Despots Near and Despots Far” (16 July 2013)
  • “Independence and Rights” (15 February 2013) .

Localism and Decentralization

  • “Honor, Dignity, and Victimhood: A Tour Through Three Centuries of American Political Culture” (16 September 2015)
  • “Despots Near and Despots Far” (16 July 2013)
  • “America 3.0” (9 June 2013)
  • “Economies of Scale Killed the American Dream” (1 July 2013)

Justice

Freedom

Authoritarianism and Totalitarianism 

Regime Stability

The Spirit of Faction

See also: POLITICAL THEORY: The Extremist Gambit; CONTEMPORARY AMERICA: Contemporary Partisanship

Meritocracy

LOGIC, ARGUMENT, AND EPISTEMOLOGY 

See also: SOCIAL SCIENCE: Methodology

Expertise

Signaling

Complexity and Cognition

See also: PSYCHOLOGY AND THE HUMAN SCIENCES: Social Cognition

Persuasion and Argument

Tradition

LITERATURE AND THE HUMANITIES

Literature

Poetry

Marxism

 CONTEMPORARY AMERICA

Culture War Stuff

See also: CONTEMPORARY AMERICA: Conservative Civil War; Contemporary Partisanship; Generational Divides; Sex, Gender and All That; 

Elections, Bills, and the Like

Demographics

Conservatives’ Civil War

Sex, Gender, and All That

Media Dynamics 

Miscellany 

Social Capital and Community

See also: CONTEMPORARY AMERICA: The ‘On Cultures That Build’ Thesis; POLITICAL THEORY: Asabiyah

The “On Culture That Build” Thesis

Generational Divides

Inequality, Economics, and Class

Contemporary Partisanship

Political Violence in America 

Social Media and Online Communities

Academia

THE GOOD LIFE

Character Building

The Search for Meaning

Ideology and its Discontents

Religion

Reading

Incentives

SOCIAL SCIENCE

PSYCHOLOGY and the HUMAN SCIENCES

Cultural Evolution

Cross Cultural Psychology

Evolutionary Psychology

Against Human Sexual Selection” (12 May 2019)

Reason is for Stabbing” (1 March 2019)

See also: PSYCHOLOGY AND THE HUMAN SCIENCES: SOCIAL COGNITION

Social Cognition

Psychometrics

Neuroscience

Honor

HISTORY

Historiography 

Cold War

Chinese History (Shang-Tang)

Chinese History (Song-Qing)

Chinese History (Modern)

American History (Colonial and Revolutionary)

American History (Antebellum and Civil War)

American History (Gilded and Progressive Eras)

American History (WWI Through WWII)

American History (Post-War)

Big History

Intellectual History

Japan (Premodern)

Japan (Modern)

Rome and Greece

Western Europe (up to French Revolution)

India (Modern)

India (Premodern)

Mongols and other Nomadic Peoples

Ancient Middle East (up to Islamic Conquests)

Premodern Middle East (from Islamic Conquests to 20th Century)

Eastern Europe and Russia (Pre-Soviet)

Eastern Europe and Russia (Soviet and post Soviet)

NATURAL SCIENCE

Ecology and Environmental Science

BOOKS AND READING LISTS

Every Book I Read In___

Reading Lists

PERSONAL & BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES