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Questioning Questioning Collapse

I’ve frequently praised Jared Diamond’s Collapse and think it’s an excellent book regarding the challenges posed to sustainable human civilization. And I have read with equal fascination about Questioning Collapse: Human Resilience, Ecological Vulnerability, and the Aftermath of Empire, a … Continue reading

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The continuation of politics

What do Fantastic Mr. Fox, The BFG, Pan American Airways and James Bond have in common? Celebrated children’s author Roald Dahl. Before writing his popular children’s tales including the above and others such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and … Continue reading

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The 50th Law

I never dreamed it possible to seriously write about the ancient Roman General Scipio Africanus the Elder and hip hop rapper 50 Cent on the same book page. I now know better — Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you … Continue reading

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Geriatric soldiers versus child soldiers – A book review

A common theme at Coming Anarchy is the importance of experience in addition to theoretical understanding. Actually visiting a far off locale can lead to insights otherwise unrealized by just reading about it. That is not to disparage book learning, … Continue reading

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A better state of peace

Poised outside of the newly re-enforced capital of Sparta, the Theban general Epaminondas knew that beginning a siege against the city would only wear down his troops who had already campaigned deep into Spartan territory during the mid-winter of 370BC. … Continue reading

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The Nation-State is Dying

I blogged about Scotland previously here and here. Thus, I couldn’t help but notice this BBC article: An opinion poll commissioned by BBC Scotland has shown a clear majority (58%) of Scots want a referendum on independence next year. The … Continue reading

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The House of Cards Trilogy

It’s high time that I profiled one of the best miniseries on television of all time: the House of Cards trilogy. The three titles — The House of Cards, To Play the King, and Final Cut — total twelve hours, … Continue reading

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North Korea Second Nuclear Test

According to North Korea, it has just tested a second nuclear device. Thus far, it remains unconfirmed. This broke about 20 minutes ago and thus there is currently little more to report. My prediction assuming it is true? The world … Continue reading

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Mini-Government in Exile

From the El Paso Times, my new favorite source for reading about the decline and fall of Mexico: Police are investigating threats against Juárez Mayor Jose Reyes Ferriz, who moved his family to El Paso for safety, El Paso police … Continue reading

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Collapse on TED

This is nothing new for regular readers, but as I recently saw this clip of Dr. Jared Diamond speaking on TED about the collapse of human societies, revisiting the thesis of his 2005 book Collapse, I thought it good enough … Continue reading

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