Quick Hits: Cleared to Engage

In our most recent article I talked about how technology and the Rules of Engagement can make warfighting perplexing on the tactical level. Honestly speaking, I never felt encumbered or threatened by the Rules of Engagement, but they definitely limited our movement and use of supporting elements that could have, in at least one or two …

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Formulaic, Foreign and Full of $h!t: Cinema in the 21st Century (So Far)

I never understood the folks glued to the latest Netflix series, Amazon special, or HBO Documentary. Most of the content produced just doesn't do it for me. At risk of sounding like a boomer saying "you kids don't know good taste", most of what comes out these days is garbage. I know I'm not alone …

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One Trick Ponies? Western Civilizations and Eastern Civilizations, a comparative view

Through sheer military might, pragmatism and some good stoic thinking, Rome managed to dominate the Mediterranean for centuries. The Greeks were an amalgamation of city states and philosophers that could campaign and do battle quite good, but were too fractured to be a complete and dominating power. Compare this to some of the dynasties in …

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Video Games, Film and Books: Criticisms of Media Mediums

People are continually shifting how they create and consume their media and information. Cave paintings were once the pinnacle of human media, but we've come a bit further since then... With each new iteration of media though, there is bound to be some criticism. Video games are for weak minded man-children that never grow up …

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The Hypocrisy of Communism: From Revolution to Implementation

What always struck me about communism was the blatant hypocrisy of the revolutionaries and leaders; instead of building examples of Marxist and communist economies, societies and governments they were more interested in imposing communism on the masses. This created the need for a centralized, totalitarian government that could crack down on the people. The biggest, …

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Criticism Through Literature: Science Fiction and a Combat Veteran Writer

One of my favorite books is The Forever War by Joe Haldeman. It's an allegorical tale of his time in Vietnam, set in the "future" of 1996 (the book was published in the 1970's). A soldier goes on a journey through multiple planets, engagements and thousands of years to finally reach the conclusion of the war. …

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