Democracy & Combat Deaths

“Fewer than one in 100,000 people have died in combat per year since 2000 – one-sixth the rate between 1950 and 2000, and one-fiftieth of that between 1900 and 1950.” (The Economist, 2018, p.89). Research by the Economist suggests there is a strong correlation between democracy and peace. A stark exception to this was the… Read More

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Politics & Alarm…

“The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.” H.L. Mencken (1880 to 1956) Henry Louis Mencken was an American journalist, controversialist, essayist, satirist, cultural critic and scholar of American English,… Read More

Politics & Bloodshed…

“Politics is war without bloodshed while war is politics with bloodshed.” Mao Tse-Tung (1893 to 1976) Mao was the principal Chinese Marxist theorist, soldier, and statesman who led his country’s communist revolution. He was the leader of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) from 1935 until his death, and he was chairman (chief of state) of… Read More

Falling Dominoes…

“You have rows of dominoes set up; you knock over the first one, and what will happen to the last one is that it will go over very quickly.” Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890 to 1969) 34th president of the United States (1953–1961), who had been supreme commander of the Allied forces in western Europe during… Read More

Martyrdom & Postponement…

“Although prepared for martyrdom, I preferred that it be postponed.” Sir Winston Churchill (1874 to 1965) Conservative Prime Minister twice: from 1940 to 1945 (before being defeated in the 1945 general election by the Labour leader Clement Attlee) and from 1951 to 1955. A soldier (joined the Royal Cavalry in 1895) and part-time journalist (reported… Read More

War, Defeat, Victory, & Peace…

“In War: Resolution. In Defeat: Defiance. In Victory: Magnanimity. In Peace: Good Will.” Sir Winston Churchill (1874 to 1965) Conservative Prime Minister twice: from 1940 to 1945 (before being defeated in the 1945 general election by the Labour leader Clement Attlee) and from 1951 to 1955. A soldier (joined the Royal Cavalry in 1895) and… Read More