This review of Storm of Steel, which seems utterly deaf to the spirit of the book, to Junger’s later observation that “[w]hat doesn’t kill me makes me stronger; and what kills me makes me incredibly strong,” in many ways typifies what I find so dismaying about our contemporary culture, and certainly the Vietnam generation.
The difference between the scent of vanilla extract without alcohol and vanilla extract with it. The difference between modernity and real life.
I do not know which delivers the stronger evidence of our cultural decline, the fact that this headline is right, or that the author seems to think the story paints only Chinese censorship in a bad light. All the great films of Hollywood’s golden age were, of course, censored. But they still managed to shine […]
Il est en ce moment dans une situation de puissance dont il n’apprécie pas l’importance stratégique. Tous les acteurs politiques et sociaux principaux se tournent vers lui, lui demandent de persister, se proposent de le protéger, se réclament de lui, retiennent leur souffle tous les vendredis pour voir s’il sera là. C’est extraordinaire cette découverte […]
Just after I took her picture, two Chinese tourists shouted at her in Mandarin, an attempt to get her to look at their cameras. When she turned her head away and hid it in her hands, they laughed. Paul Mozer, Being Tracked While Reporting in China, Where ‘There Are No Whys’, N.Y. Times, April 16, […]
The romance of the Bronze Age. In the early years of Ramesses III’s reign [around 1200 B.C.], worrying news began to reach Egypt from the pharaoh’s emissaries in the Near East. All along the eastern seaboard of the Mediterranean, cities were being sacked and torched, harbors burned and looted, entire nations laid low. While coastal […]
Boeing’s continued use of pulleys to control its 737s, even the most recent generation, is some of the better news to emerge from the MCAS disaster so far. One wonders whether an excellent first-strike strategy would not be this: (1) unlike the rest of the world, engineer away from electrical solutions; (2) wait for a […]
In her column on congestion pricing, Emily Badger exhibits the unquestioning acceptance of the legitimacy of the price system that lamentably characterizes so much work by progressives today. She argues that because driving has a cost, drivers should be asked to pay that cost through congestion pricing, and she suggests that our current system, in […]
How could Boeing decide to build a system based on the data of a single sensor, when it was from Boeing’s kind — from engineers — that we learned the value of redundancy in legal systems? Compare: While most airplane systems are built with backup redundancies to prevent a single data malfunction from altering a […]
Legal forms that were well adapted to a world in which wealth was zero sum, and borrowing against an estate could serve no purpose other than to carry out a slow transfer of it to others, were poorly adapted to a world in which wealth could be created, and borrowing against an estate could fund […]