Why America Lacks A “Warrior-Patriot” Ethic

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Columnist Andrew Bacevich recently wrote an article for the Dallas Morning New entitled Why America’s All Volunteer Force Fails To Win Wars.” The article makes the point that something is seriously wrong with the US military. While most of the article is couched in politically-correct innuendo and a studied avoidance of the real problems, it at least has the merit of pointing out the obvious. And this is that the military has sold out the martial virtues, and replaced them with something else.

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Questions On Dealing With Negative People And Thriving In A Politically-Correct Environment (Podcast)

 

Today we deal with two separate questions from two different readers:

1. How do I get rid of negativity in my life from people around me?
2. How can I get along best in a politically-correct environment?

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The Inquisition And Contemporary Political Correctness: The Pedagogy Of Fear

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I’ve recently been reading about the formation and institutionalization of the Inquisition in Spain and Portugal after 1478.  While some may see this subject as having no relevance to the modern scene, this view would be incorrect.  The establishment of any system of psychological domination follows certain patterns, and those patterns repeat themselves in history.

We like to think of ourselves as enlightened and far removed from the barbarities of the past.  And it is true that those who do not toe the party line are no longer literally burned at the stake.  But the psychological impulses are still there, and the punishments are not imaginary.  What are the features of the apparatus of control, both modernly and in the past?

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