Please pardon light posting. The interregnum should conclude shortly.
War is not nice. — Barbara Bush
If one is serious about re-industrializing the United States to create high wage manufacturing jobs, one probably should shun hapless pundits and other ideological purveyors. To be fair the braying comes from all sides: ‘Free Markets’ cant or the tiresome “What Would Hamilton Do Today”? As par for the course, the most visible ‘experts’ provided [...]
One of the most annoying aspects of contemporary Western scholarship of the 1920s and 1930s is the almost uniform judgmentalism (usually from Brits, but not always). They seek some peculiar German explanation for what happened — to the society and leader. Almost uniformly, the question is presented as ‘how could such a civilized people allow [...]
Tom Ricks’ short post argues we should bring back the draft. He’s wrong. Ricks’ major premise? Shy Meyer’s AVF failed as political trip-wire. The minor premise? Hence Iraq. Ergo, professional militaries make war more likely. So bring back the draft. First, Ricks misinterprets the AVF’s structural function. The AVF actually worked as designed. Second, claiming [...]