How this is but one example of the spread of authoritarian nationalism, the modern version of monarchism

“Reading, Writing, ‘Rithmetic, and don’t let the Holocaust happen again!” Yes, that description of modern American education is hyperbolic, but the point is clear: all of us — including nearly all the so-called deniers — know the Holocaust happened, and we don’t want to see it again.

So why would…

Switch to Vocal? Substack? Nah. My secret is this one skill.

As writers, we have to write — we cannot not write. But it’s really nice to get paid for it, right? On Medium, there’s so many stories published on how to produce more effective articles (use better titles/images/grammar, etc.) or how to get paid more (“switch to Vocal/Substack!”), …

And why we’re speaking English and not Mandarin today.

Showing The Flag Of The Peacock Throne

For Westerners interested in naval history, one ship looms above all others: the HMS Victory, where Admiral Horatio Nelson gave his life in 1805 at the Battle of Trafalgar even as he dashed Napoleon’s dreams of invading the British Isles and sealed England’s…

But American right-wing media is China’s “useful idiot”

After the fall of Kabul, conservative news and opinion outlet National Review was quick to fill its front page with how terrible President Biden’s leadership has been, and how he has shown the world how weak America is by withdrawing our troops from Afghanistan. Of course there was no mention…

Power not only corrupts, but stupefies the proud

Afghanistan is the Graveyard of Empires. Afghanistan is a swamp, the more you move, the more you bog down. — Suhail Shaheen

Over the past twenty years, most of us have heard of Kandahar, the second-largest city in Afghanistan. It is a truly ancient city, having been founded by its…

Her spite lasted more than a lifetime, but may not have been her fault

Self-imposed guilt is what so often forces women to shackle themselves to their emotional jailors.

“I have to take care of your Grandma. She keeps telling me that no one else will take care of her, and I can’t leave her alone.” Every time my mother and I tried to…

Why you’d agree with conservatives if you were in their shoes

This morning on ABC’s Good Morning America, the major stories were about the looming disaster of our military withdrawal from Afghanistan, the approach of Tropical Storm Fred, and the uncontrolled spread of COVID-19. The latter story illustrated new overflow tents in a Mississippi hospital parking garage, the shortage of ICU…

Glenn Rocess

Retired Navy. Inveterate contrarian. If I haven’t done it, I’ve usually done something close.

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