Category Archives: History

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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Question Du Jour: Civil War Edition

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Serious question: What does the average American know about the Civil War other than “The South was racist and in favor of slavery. The North and South went to war. The North defeated the South.”? Is a … Continue reading

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USG: A Version History

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Here’s a fun game: imagine the United States government is software. What would its version history look like? Inspired by Moldbug, Fabrizio and I were kicking the idea around and here’s what we came up with: 1776: … Continue reading

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Is the Model UN a CIA Propaganda Tool?

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Yes, I’m talking about the high school extracurricular activity but waitasecond, hear me out before you click over to the most recent Naked Lady of the Week. The GF and I were working our way through PARKS … Continue reading

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Book Notes: “The Whig Interpretation of History”

Blowhard, Esq. writes: This short essay — which can be easily read in a weekend or even a single sitting — is a useful rejoinder to the idea that there exists a “right side of history.” Butterfield, a Cambridge don, takes … Continue reading

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Notes on “The True History of the American Revolution”

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: If, like me, you’ve always had a hard time squaring the narrative of the American Revolution with the requirements of common sense, you might get something out of Sydney George Fisher’s “The True History of the … Continue reading

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