VERIFIED: Where Wars Do — and Don’t Come From

Where wars DO come from: “It is not civilizations that promote clashes. They occur when old-fashioned leaders look for old-fashioned ways to solve problems by rousing their people to armed confrontation.” –Kenichi Ohmae, The End Of The Nation State, (New York: The Free Press 1995), p. 11. Why of course the people don’t want war. […]

Cold War Americans Not as Fainthearted as You Might Think

At Reason, Greg Beato sketches the history of the fallout shelter in Cold War America. Apparently, most people didn’t get too carried away with doomsday preparations: “Despite what a 1961 issue of Good Housekeeping derided as ‘massive propaganda to induce Americans to burrow underground like worms,’ officials were never able to secure the level of […]

Medvedev’s ‘Tough Guy Act’

According to CBS, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev’s first six months in office have contradicted the “liberal” reputation he (apparently) had when he was first elected. Maybe it’s a shock to some that one can be “soft spoken” and never have been a KGB spook and yet still, as president, look out of the interests of […]