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May 23, 2018

Asymmetric warfare

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 4:01 pm
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It has been said that the for all the technological advantages of the advanced Western powers, they are ill equipped to fight modern terrorism that uses non-traditional methods and uses the structure of the open, Western welfare state societies against themselves.  Here and here are articles on an interesting exploration of the weaknesses of the Western welfare state.  The United Kingdom has had a similar issue for years.  To win the war against the barbarians, Western societies must find a way to deal with these asymmetric threats.  War isn’t just about guns and tanks and airplanes anymore.

 

February 18, 2013

The death of the United Kingdom

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 8:27 pm
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Story here.  This story tells you this society is dead.  It just hasn’t fallen over yet.

February 4, 2013

This could be a problem

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 11:36 am
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Ya think?

January 28, 2013

A view of our future

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 11:41 am
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I recently highlighted a story from the UK about a recent arrival to the UK who was living quite well off the generous benefit system.  Here is another such story.

While on the one hand I find these people’s behavior deplorable, on the other hand, they are only making rational decisions based on the system that has been set up.  IN any event, such a system cannot last and when it crashes, these folks are going to be the ones most hurt by the crash and the ones most upset that their free stuff is gone.  That isn’t a receipe for orderly social change.

January 24, 2013

When citizens become subjects….

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 12:50 pm
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this happens.

Something that can’t go on forever….

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 12:41 pm
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won’t.

January 6, 2013

Why are we giving poor people cash?

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 7:13 pm
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Why cash?

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