Jan 13, 2010

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Failure as a Strategy

Some thinking on terrorism that may be of interest: The recent al Qaeda sponsored attempt to blow up an Northwest Airways flight is an example of an interesting, but likely inadvertent strategy:  failure.  Given the earlier example of 9/11, even failed attacks provide the following benefits: New and sweeping rules on airline passengers (most inane) and beefed up security. New...

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Oct 14, 2009

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Blood, Rage, and History:
The World’s First Terrorists

“Blood, Rage, and History: The World’s First Terrorists” by Johann Hari The Independent, October 12, 2009 Imagine it. A network of violent radicals is picking off the world’s leaders one by one. They have killed the American President, the Russian head of state, the French President, the Austrian head of state, and the Spanish Prime Minister. Bomb attacks...

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Sep 27, 2009

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The Hot Rod of the Apocalypse

Mike Davis Buda’s Wagon: A Brief History of the Car Bomb London: Verso, 2007 “L’automobile, c’est la guerre.”– Léon Daudet The prototype of the apocalyptic hot rod was “Buda’s wagon.” In September 1920, shortly after the arrest of two Italian anarchists (the soon-to-be-famous Sacco and Vanzetti), another Italian anarchist,...

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Aug 4, 2009

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Thinking Big:
Trainspotter on Secession

Editor’s Note: I have decided to publish the following comment on Michael O’Meara’s Prize Essay “Toward the White Republic” as a stand-alone essay. Great essay!  I am in complete agreement that the present system cannot be reformed.  That ship sailed long ago. The guy made a lot of good points, but reading Sam Francis seems almost quaint now. ...

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Jul 22, 2009

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Open-Source Warfare

“Open-Source Warfare” by Robert N. Charette from IEEE Spectrum, November 2007 On the afternoon of Thursday, 8 April 2004, U.S. troops stationed in Iraq deployed a small remote-controlled robot to search for improvised explosive devices. The robot, a PackBot unit made by iRobot Corp., of Burlington, Mass., found an IED, but the discovery proved its undoing. The IED...

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Jul 10, 2009

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The Next Conservatism?

Paul M. Weyrich and William S. Lind, The Next Conservatism (South Bend: St. Augustine’s Press, 2009). There are, in my view, only a handful of contemporary “conservative” thinkers in the US worth reading. William Lind is one of them. Associated with the “cultural conservatism” of the Free Congress Foundation (which “advocates the creation of...

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Jun 23, 2009

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William Lind on Secession

“Calling President Davis” by William S. Lind from Defense and the National Interest, June 17, 2009 Secession is in the air. In Texas, a Republican governor has dared breathe the word. Vermont has an active and growing secessionist movement. Oregon, Washington and British Columbia already call themselves Cascadia. Last weekend’s Wall Street Journal led off with a piece...

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