The How-To of Hegemony (Or: How To Rule The World And Get Away With It)

You had a bad day.  Plans fell through; a date went badly; something you really hoped would happen didn't.  But it's cool.  As the world's hegemon, you know you'll feel better once you've sent your drones against a beach full of screaming children.  Because you're the world hegemon, and you can pretty much do whatever … Continue reading The How-To of Hegemony (Or: How To Rule The World And Get Away With It)

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The Role of Trauma in Building a Nation-State

In the abstract of geopolitical discussion, it's easy to forget that, when you talk about states breaking or nations splitting, you're talking about large groups of people suffering unbelievable trauma.  I just watched this, from Aleppo in Syria, which details what seems to be a ballistic missile strike in a neighborhood (and it's just as … Continue reading The Role of Trauma in Building a Nation-State

Why Saudi Arabia Is Doomed

(January 9th, 2016: So this post is super popular, but probably not for the right reasons.  Some of you are here for porn: this is not porn.  It has never been porn, and it was my mistake for swearing in this post.  So it's been edited for swearing to cut down on that traffic.) Even the … Continue reading Why Saudi Arabia Is Doomed

Getting a Grip on Syria

As the West edges closer to yet another Middle Eastern war, there’s been loads of talk about the who, the what, the why of the Syrian civil war.  “They'’ve been doing it thousands of years” is the often-cited refrain from laymen isolationists, stating the supposed interminable history of bloodshed in the region that goes back … Continue reading Getting a Grip on Syria