Collapse of Complex Societies – Borzoi Edition

When looking back at the world’s great civilizations, one notes they all reached an expiration point. What drives their decline and ultimate collapse, however, is one of the most debated topics in history. According to noted scholars Joseph Tainter and John Michael Greer, collapse occurs when a civilization reaches a point of unsustainable complexity that…

The American Farmer – Tradition in Modernity

If you visit rural America, many of the roads will have names like ‘Farm to Market’ – implying an ebb and flow of life centered around agriculture. As America developed in the 20th century, many of these places grew less populated, and those near city centers were replaced by shopping malls and suburban housing as…

The Management Myth – Taylorism and the Origins of Scientific Management

America today – in business, government, and most elite institutional organizations – operates under a rubric many would describe as managerialism. It is a belief that the best results can be achieved through rigorous quantitative measurement and elimination of processes (and people) that do not measure up. It is a decidedly material approach to running…

Standard Operating Procedure – Torture and the Abu Ghraib Scandal

Torture – a centuries old practice. When Francis Fukuyama coined the phrase ‘The End of History’, the West in his view strode triumphant, demonstrating the virtues of democratic capitalism and the integration of peoples into a open and liberal framework over that of repressive government regimes of the Communist Bloc. When the War on Terror…

Tom Sunic – Homo Americanus

If culture is something that develops after the need to survive is met, identity is something that exists when your homeland is stripped away and you are left to decide what really matters. Dr. Tom Sunic, former Croatian diplomat and scholar on all issues European and his adopted country America, discusses with us what it…

Spetsnaz – The Inside Story of the Soviet Special Forces

“Spetsnaz has no distinguishing badge or insignia – officially, at any rate. But unofficially the spetsnaz badge is a wolf, or rather a pack of wolves. The wolf is a strong, proud animal which is remarkable for its quite incredible powers of endurance. A wolf can run for hours through deep snow at great speed,…

The Agricultural Origins of the United States

The United States today is the world’s top agricultural exporter, sending roughly half of what it grows, raises and farms abroad for a world hungry for beef, pork, grain and other foodstuffs essential to life, health and nutrition. Although less than two percent of Americans actively farm for a living, the legacy of demographic settlement…

Exit Strategy – Navigating the Decline of the American Empire

When a society views you as irrelevant, or even worse – expendable, you owe it no loyalty. Entertainment is supposed to be more surreal than reality. Yet when looking at society today, one gets the sense that we are living in a version more extreme than that portrayed by Blade Runner (AI, mega corporations and…

The Para-State – An Ethnography of Colombia’s Death Squads

Deep in the jungles of Colombia, a place so thick with vegetation and rugged with mountains that the government was unable to defeat a guerrilla insurgency for 53 years, law and order is a matter of who wields the strongest weapon. Sitting at the crossroads of South and North America as well as the Atlantic…

Civil War II – America Unraveling – John Mark

America is dead. Long live America. What do you do when you wake up to discover that the country you grew up in has slowly, quietly, but steadily been taken away from you? The process of demographic and economic change in the United States has been underway for the better part of a century, yet…

Bobby Fischer – A King’s Gambit

Considered by many as the greatest chess player of all time, Robert James Fischer at an early age showed an aptitude for chess that few others would compare. His rise to dominance was rapid, as was his fall from the public eye and then into notoriety later in life. Bobby Fischer was outspoken, iconoclastic, and…

Right Wing Environmentalism – Storm King Edition

Richard Nixon once remarked that environmental concerns were a bipartisan issue because a poisoned river doesn’t care what party you’re in. The two main political parties in the United States, however, have assumed a position in practice very akin to bipartisanship. But instead of cooperating in the effort to conserve natural resources, they have leaned…