Category Archives: History

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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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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