Category: History

Warnings Here, Warnings There, Warnings Everywhere

Most people recall Eisenhower's Farewell Address as being about the Military-Industrial Complex, but it was also a critique of higher education. Before becoming President of the United States, Eisenhower was the president of Columbia University.

His address was prescient. Many of the things he cautioned about have come to pass. He warned: ...

Standing on the shoulders of the past

Gandhi, Saint Paul and Socrates have all said that we need to know ourselves, act righteously, and be the change that we want to see in the world. I sympathize but disagree. It's not enough to change ourselves, we must change the system. The vast majority of people are good. We were born good and innocent, but we are trapped in a system controlled ...

Eureka in the Library Stacks

In the aftermath of 9/11, the government went of in search of ‘Who?’ and ‘How?’ tracing every detail of the plot which eventually became the official report. I took a different tack, asking ‘Why?’ I wrote a number of ‘thinking out loud’ essays where I explored terrorist thinking. The national media reprinted an al Qaeda training manual that had been ...

What is Round is Circular

Killing people is easy. Killing an idea is much much harder. If I could, then I would kill many many ideas. Of course, the first idea that I would like to kill is the idea that killing people is a good idea. I am certainly not the first one to voice that idea. Pacifists are generally derided as impractical, utopian idiots. Imagine what would happen ...