Shooting for the provocative today, my linking here does not constitute an endorsement of the following views, except where explicitly indicated. Merely that they will get you thinking:Colonel W. Patrick Lang
- "War Against the Boogey Men
A strong strand of anti-globalization, paleoconservatism, runs through this analysis combined with some frank observations about Islam and Iran-Israel. As an added bonus, Dave Schuler
are in the comment section ( though so far, Lang has yet to address the pointed remarks of either). Hat tip to John Robb
.Dr. Antulio J. Echevarria II
of The Strategic Studies Institute
-"CHALLENGING TRANSFORMATION'S CLICHÉS
I am not finished reading this one ( indeed, I was, last night, as a courtesy, sent a truly massive tome being issued by the Defense Science Board
, by a respected scholar connected with the Department of Defense -sorry, no link as it is not yet available online. I'm now buried under PDF files) and will comment specifically at a later time. But if you have read Dr. Echevarria's previous slash and burn attack on 4GW
then you know that he is a defense intellectual who pulls no punches. Hat tip to Fabius Maximus
.Dr. Chet Richards
- "Science, Strategy and WarThe Strategic Theory of John Boyd
Dr. Richards, the "keeper of the flame" of the ideas of the late military strategist Colonel John Boyd
reviews the work of Colonel Frans P. B. Osinga
, of the Royal Dutch Air Force. Richards calls the book "magnificent". An erudite review that I much enjoyed, so much so that I grant it this excerpt:"Is it a tough read? Do you know of anything really worthwhile that is easy? Just as there is no royal road to mathematics, there is no royal road to Boyd. I was present at the creation of many of these charts, and I found a lot in this book that was new and helpful in broadening my understanding (for one thing, I have not, as Osinga did, read Boyd’s original notes in the source books)."
I'm impressed. Osinga evidently takes no shortcuts in his scholarship.
From Coming Anarchy
, long one of my favorite blogs to read, two posts:
- "Kaplan on Thucydides v.s. Herodotus
A great post for history buffs, classicists and fans of Robert Kaplan
- "Chirol’s Take on a 51st State
Chirol is known for having the periodic " Big Post". Good for me, as I know beans about Puerto Rico.
at Progressive Historians
, for whom I am developing a soft spot despite wide differences in political philosophy, two posts " Three Humble Suggestions for the History Blogosphere
" and " Is America nearing, or averting, a social revolution?
I endorse without qualifications all of Nonpartisan's suggestions for the history blogosphere. The second post I enjoyed for it's focus on the much underrated but influential Brooks Adams,
before Nonpartisan descended into -well - let's just say he descended.Dan of tdaxp
- " Evolutionary Cognitivism, Part I: Selection and Cognition
While many blogs plateau or stagnate, tdaxp
keeps getting better and better ( despite a blogspirit induced case of italics
) and I'm following Dan's synthesizing of evolutionary psychology with political science and education. This new series reviews a book, The Origins of Human Nature
, that Dan considers " almost flawless". Though Dan finds a few.New Blogs on the Blogroll
:SWJ BlogSoobComplexity and Social Networks Blog