Monthly Archives: August 2016

An observation (and warning), and bit of advice for any and all who first enter the American Academy….

“As Lukacs points out, during this so-called Age of Information no one reads much anymore because few share the inclination to read.  “We have now entire slews of professional experts who read little while they write much, for the sake … Continue reading

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KOREA AS IT WAS: From Punchy Company – A Memoir of the Cold War

Simon Winchester observed that Korea is “…a society of almost total ethnic purity…. [which] … can at times be a frightening phenomenon and is one of the reasons for the power and energy of the miraculous economic performance the nation … Continue reading

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Simon Weil on ‘Social Justice’ and all other such nonsense…

“’The social order,” she wrote, “…is irreducibly that of the prince of this world. Our only duty with regard to the social is to try to limit the evil of it. . . . Something of the social labeled divine; … Continue reading

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A Glimpse of the Yakuza

“It was along the Tokaido [first highway running from the ancient capital of Kyoto to Tokyo] and other highways that the gamblers first began using the word yakuza.  According to the most widely held belief, the term derives from the … Continue reading

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The term ‘hero’ ought not to be bandied about as it currently is…

“Heroism is often confused with physical courage.  In fact the two are very different.  There was nothing heroic about [Ferdinand] Magellan’s death.  He went into that last darkness a seasoned campaigner, accompanied by his own men, and he was completely … Continue reading

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Politics Cloud Reality

There has been much political hullaballoo of late concerning the tragic death of U. S. Army Captain Humayun Khan, who was recently killed in action in Iraq. Indeed, the combat death of any U.S. Soldier, Sailor, Airman or Marine  is … Continue reading

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