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The Tao Of Strength

HE SUPERPOWER obsession, or finding comfort in one's own dog and pony show is mostly an American idiosyncrasy, in terms of nationalism and cultural hegemony, at this off peak point in time (Arabic-Islamic supremacism notwithstanding), although it might be said that Americans are uniquely afflicted if this observation by de Tocqueville can be extrapolated. Its only virtue is to lead, invariably, to recurrent quaintly absurd discussions that reveal few kernels of wisdom that are not connected to promoting the next big thing within the status quo. Put another way, the more things change, the more they remain the same, and...

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Freedom With Strength, Strength With Freedom

"Whatever are we to do in the face of Islamic terrorism?" asks a frightened Alice once again through the looking glass. Many in the United States leap up off their bean bags and Lazy Boys to label Alice and her neighbors with the worst set of curses they can imagine, starting with cowardice. e must not fail to calculate, of course, that there are dearly held freedoms that can and should be sacrificed temporarily in the name of security when faced with a cause for survival. If one blindly follows grand intellectual papers written at the end of the 18th...