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Thracians, We Hardly Knew Ye

History is written by the victors, usually. But using better methods and sources to debunk their PR is sometimes possible and fun. While Greeks and Romans, and later Spanish, French, British and Americans all built vast empires, the cultures they seemingly erased are given short shrift because they lost. How could the decentralized cultures of […]

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The Flying Jug

The Republic P47 Thunderbolt was one of the greatest warbirds ever. It was ugly, heavy and not easy to fly, but pilots loved it because it could pound on the enemy, take a furious beating and still come home in one piece. This is the kind of thing Americans used to make and will make […]

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Moral Philosophy Politics work/life

The Decalogue

Seems straightforward enough: Worship only Jehovah God.​—Exodus 20:3. Doesn’t say there aren’t other gods, just says the one talking to Moses claims exclusivity and primacy for Israel (and by extension, heretical but faithful cousins). Do not practice idolatry.​—Exodus 20:​4-6. This means don’t pray to false gods of your own creation or of any kind, e.g., […]

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Leviathan and the 1%

That we have more and more intrusive government at all levels as well as the unprecedented concentration of wealth is no coincidence. To address each separately is problematic. If our gigantic, expensive, corrupt and incompetent governing bodies don’t work for we the people, and only seem to give lip service to the noisiest, expecting them […]

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Re: Ersatz Democracy

I originally wrote this on the eve of the 2020 American presidential election. It makes little difference who gets picked as carnival barker for the freak show at the Potemkin Village of democracy. We will still be sliding into totalitarianism as the fiscal cliff and great reset approach. Here is what I tell myself and […]