All in History

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…

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…

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.

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.

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...

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...

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...

In Memoriam

On this day, we come together in common cause to solemnly remember those who put themselves in harms way and did not come back from it. The willingness for some to invest their life in the cause of the country is ultimately the only thing that made America the country it is...

Ruined Bruin - Part One

Russia as we know it traces its beginning to Novgorod, in northern Russia. Back then, Russia was an assortment of rival cities and towns assorted in a myriad of confederations, raiding each other as they had to fend off intermittent raids from the steppe people to the southeast and vikings to the northwest. The vikings, like the steppe people, had a heavy influence on Russian history...

A Quiet Continent

The European Union is an ambitious project. 28 states, 510 million people and the world's third largest economy didn't come easy. It formed in spite of centuries of mutual enmity. One only has to skim the table of contents of a history book to know that Europeans absolutely loved to go to war with one another...

Driving Forces

If one were to make a story of humanity, one would imagine that the beginning is a good place to start. Unfortunately for all of us, an overwhelming amount of the story is lost to the sands of time. Fire, erosion, and the designs of proud men have destroyed what should have been left for us to ruminate over...