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American Misfires

A country is a sum of its people, and much like its people, a country's government makes mistakes. These mistakes can take the form of personal rivalries causing civil war, having an inadequate military strategy, having an unqualified officer corp, and a host of other prerequisites of maintaining order and quality of life. The following mistakes will deal with recent policies and decisions that affect foreign nations with dire consequences for the United States in return…

Continental Circumstance

This constant state of war required technological progress - falling behind in an arms race is an easy way to lose everything your people had, and as militias transitioned into men-at-arms transitioned into mercenary companies transitioned into regiments transitioned into corps, the military technological gap between Europe and the rest of the world widened. By 1500, Europe propelled its conquests across the oceans so that European powers could have more resources to fight each other. Europe didn’t conquer because it was united; it conquered because it was divided…

Cincinnatus Weeps

With such lofty ideals of duty in our background as Americans the burden of our duty to vote as citizens seems trifling. Regardless, it is a vital function of our Social Contract that we must take full advantage of. Because just as there were those who wanted a return to monarchy in the Roman Republic, there are those who would like to have such a system in the United States of America. The threat of narcissistic conspiracies to centralize power is a constant threat for any republic and made all the more easier to achieve with voter apathy.

Rhymes with Gracchus

In some eras the gap between the wealthy and the destitute was wider than normal; the United States has three distinct eras where the wealth gap was particularly striking. The first is known as the Gilded Age - born out of the fruits of the industrial revolution, the Gilded Age generated wealth that was unimaginable to the common man of his time. It was unimaginable because this wealth was generally kept out of his hands - those that had money to begin with were the primary receivers of the wealth generated in the factories…

Taming the Beast – Governance in the Past, Present and Future

With this accumulated knowledge of the current geopolitical status, human history, and human nature, what is the optimal path to take to ensure the most good for the most amount of people? We have learned that a government must be able to enforce its laws, but cruelty isn't necessary in the enforcement and is sometimes detrimental; we've learned that the personal interest of those in power can overwhelm the public interest if there are no check on their power…

Storm in a Vacuum

…with no domineering power in the world, regional powers will aspire to become superpowers. And as regional powers clash in this aspiration, the apocalypse that was suspended in the Cold War risks a return to relevance. If America does withdraw back into a shell, the world will likely have China be the most important country in the world, Russia the most aggressive country in the world, and Europe either shattered into pro- and anti-Russian alliances or united vigorously against Russia…

The Lion of the Union: The Pelvic Wound of Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain

Chamberlain was given the command to attack and, although accustomed to following orders, on this day he was hesitant. He reported back to his superiors: "I am advanced a mile beyond our own lines in an isolated position. In front of me at close range is a strongly entrenched line of infantry 3,000 strong with projecting salients to my left and right, such that my advance [will] be swept: by a constant cross fire. Despite these adversities, Chamberlain was ordered again to attack…

Executive Execution

…the state exists first and foremost to maintain order in its domain, and though the methodology of maintaining this order has changed over time, the need to maintain order in the domestic and foreign spheres is of paramount necessity for a state. The person does not need to make order a priority; most often, survival was the first priority. And occasionally, survival is separate from order. Similar to how a prisoner might try to burn down a prison to escape, an individual may try to burn down a government to avoid prosecution.

Sacre Red, White and Bleu

…the initial instigators of the French Revolution were not the poor, huddled urban masses. They were wealthy owners of property and capital that wanted to expand free trade for their own gain, which would in turn benefit France. But the proles in the urban masses did not care about free trade - they cared about not starving. They wanted a paternalistic guarantee of bread and safety, not free trade. The initial phase of the French revolution did not reverse the calcification of wealth, all it did was redistribute where the wealth flowed.

Divine Divorce

Jerusalem is at the heart of the three major religions in the area. It was the capital of the ancient Jewish kingdom of Israel; it was the location of Jesus Christ’s crucifixion and subsequently became a magnet for Christian pilgrims; and as Muslims consider Christ a prophet – not as important as Muhammad, but still vital to the Islamic faith – Jerusalem became the second most sacred location for Muslims after Mecca. In addition to being the bastion of faith for two major religions and the religion that served as their theological progenitor, it is also at the heart of the Israel-Palestine conflict.

A Better Choice

Giving each voter one vote is a very simple concept. After all, in a theoretical republic composed of equals, one man’s choice should not be given greater weight than another man’s choice. This concept was in glaring conflict with the institution of slavery, the squelching of women and the initial requirement of land ownership to vote; but as time paced along these restrictions were lifted. First past the post is another simple concept – the candidate with the most voters supporting wins the election. But this system has a side effect – voters become more concerned about stopping the candidate they like the least from entering office rather than voting for the candidate they truly support.

To The Other Side

The culmination of all this scientific research and physical sacrifice is a more understood world; a world where we have less unknowns to fear and more tools available to craft our dreams. Getting to where we are right now required the discipline and courage of the aforementioned heroes; countless others did their part to push us forward toward a brighter dawn in a softer world.

Imperial Echoes

A stronger nation is more able to protect its people, and if this strength comes at the expense of people not part of its nation - too bad. This is not a system ideal for human rights or fairness. This is a system ideal for survival in a cruel, antagonistic world filled with enemies whose motivations are impossible to discern. It was in this world that the empires of old rose, conquered, prospered, and fell...

Sins of our Fathers

Some of the most prominent members of the Founding Fathers hailed from the South, and carried with them the stain of being a slaveowner - most notably George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. As the Western world began to eliminate the slave trade, the United States lagged behind. The eventual reckoning of the issue of slavery occurred during the American Civil War...

Crucifixation

We have straightforward answers for individual states such as Puritan Massachusetts and Mormon Utah, but for the United States of America, there is no single strain of Christianity to bind it together. Instead, the principles that the United States of America was founded on was the Enlightenment values of personal liberty and self-determination of faith - a lesson learned...

In Glory, Dressed

The desire to serve in the armed forces of your nation is one that has been promoted as a selfless and necessary sacrifice a good citizen makes for the preservation of the liberties and rights of themselves, their loved ones and their countrymen. This sacrifice, a necessary component of maintaining state security..

America's Holy Scroll

Generally speaking, a society with laws has a higher quality of life than a society without laws - more specifically, a society that maintains the ability to enforce laws is better off than a society that cannot. How a law is generated depends on its jurisdiction - a law concerning parking regulations in your neighborhood has an entirely different construction than an international trade law...

Fall of Nineveh

One of these areas is the Middle East - a part of the world that has seen a significant amount of American investment in bullets, blood and greenbacks. As the United States tries to wrest its feet from the sandy morass that it dove into in response to the attacks of 9/11, local players are filling this vacuum with their own interests; these interests are extremely unlikely to coincide with American interests...

Brain Race

Some types of education were advantageous to survival. For instance, knowledge of biology can inform you what parts of vegetation or carcasses are safe to eat. As human sophistication advanced, so did our level of education. When Mongolians captured Chinese cities, they recognized the importance of Chinese siege engineers. Pressing them into service...

Shaping God

Religion has played an essential part in human history. The earliest remains of human settlement are thought to be religious sites - Göbekli Tepe and Nevali Çori, both in Turkey, are prominent examples. The institutionalization and centralization of religious belief was an indispensable tool of another essential part of human history...