Category Archives: History

Wilt and Wither

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: There are certain objects, to which politicians show a marked partiality, which can be classified as bad ones, to be avoided on all occasions. They include political actions such as freedom, justice and democracy; or, to … Continue reading

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Its High Phrases Acted Like the Music of Armies

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: Young Cromwell in early boyhood received this Calvinist or Puritan spirit, in part no doubt from his parents, in part from the group of townsmen in Huntingdon with whom they were connected; but especially from the … Continue reading

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There Would Be No More Deserters from St. Elmo

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: “No war is more cruel and bloody than siege warfare. . . .” The truth of this statement was to be proved over and over again during the next few months. The Turks were now so … Continue reading

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Wildness and Savage Majesty Reigned

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: Now did the soft breezes of the south steal sweetly over the genial face of nature, tempering the panting heats of summer into genial and prolific warmth; when that miracle of hardihood and chivalric virtue, the … Continue reading

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Our Favorite Things in 2017

Blowhard, Esq. writes: As you will quickly notice, we’re a grouchy, grumpy lot, all of whom are too old to keep up with new things, so this list consists of our favorite things we encountered this year whether or not … Continue reading

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Unillumined Corridors

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: People live in a tiny time-slice of the present moment, which they carry forward with them. But nothing remains. And there’s nothing in their experience which reverberates down the centuries, because the centuries to them are … Continue reading

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“Ultrasociety” by Peter Turchin

Paleo Retiree writes: The book’s complete title: “Ultrasociety: How 10,000 Years of War Made Humans the Greatest Cooperators on Earth.” A stimulating, clear, fast and provocative attempt to explain via the principles of cultural evolution and population biology how humans … Continue reading

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