The Primrose Path

June 8, 2009

Is there a duty of citizens to police the government?

Some would argue that the duty of citizens is to obey the laws of a democratically elected legislature.

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The Art of Peace.

June 1, 2009

Here is an idea I have discussed with a few people: peace as a science. Mankind has been using organized violence as a method of conflict resolution for longer than we have been writing down histories. We have developed a vast amount of practical and theory knowledge on the rightful use of such force, the proper times, places and methods. We have developed machinery and organizations devoted to it. How much effort have we put into peace?

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From the War Journal

May 27, 2009

My mother gave me a little black notebook, and I used it to keep all those little bits of information in it that you need to keep handy when you are doing anything in a military setting. This specific notebook went to Iraq with me, and has personal notes and thoughts throughout it. The information in it is often very mundane, but it is like a link on a web page for me; I remember where I was, what I was doing and sometimes what I ate on that day. Today, I share some selections from that notebook.

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The Undefined Point

May 10, 2009

In reading the notes on Elements, I have to disagree with Sir Thomas Heath where he claims that the translation of Definition I in Book I makes no sense. Consider the following: Heath translates it as “A point is that which has no part”, where Capella translates it as “Punctum est cuius pars nihil est.” Heath takes exception to the nihil portion; the idea that a part of a point can be nothing seems to escape him. I do not see why this cannot be, and in some cases could be an expediency. It is also quite sensical in a unifying sense; the division of a point being nihil is also being undefined, just as division by zero is undefined. Am I missing something that Sir Heath did not care to explain?

April 28, 2009

Here is a thought: Avoid that which you enjoy so long as you believe the enjoyment of it is necessary for happiness. When you are happy without it you can then proceed to fully enjoy whatever the thing might be.

Gun Control is Being Able to Hit Your Target

April 27, 2009

… or how the Confederacy almost won the war, and the Republic fortified the argument for private ownership of arms.

What is an army without it’s infantry; and what is an infantry without her riflemen? Machiavelli would have been proud to know that our modern republic has an armed branch known as the Marines among whom the phrase can be heard that,  “Every Marine is a rifleman.” While developments in combined arms are still being written about in current conflicts, a key and salient point has been learned; that infantry is still the mainstay of combat operations. Infantry operations require efficient riflemen. Infantrymen are difficult and costly to develop. Some argue they are born. What relationship does the private ownership of arms have to the development of riflemen in the service of our nation?

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A Dangerous Game

April 20, 2009

As I began this entry, I recognized the date and suddenly I understood why certain friends may not be answering the telephone. People are hard to pigeonhole, at least the ones I preffer to spend any amount of time around. We all have a story to tell, and it shapes our perceptions of the world and the people within it. That can be a difficult barrier to overcome. Particularly, it seems that for convenience many of the powerful in this nation would suggest we be faithful members of one of two parties. I do not believe that America looks that way, but we play the game. It is a dangerous game we play.

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September 13, 2008

I have in front of me two interesting pieces on political life in our republic; the first is on the duty to vote and the corollary duty to abstain from voting, the second is on the presence of the militia. The author forwards the argument of J.S. Mill, who I have read and enjoyed, from his work ” Considerations on Representative Government“, which I have yet to read, which explains generally that the right to vote is a power over others as the official elected by the voter has power over all the voters including those who voted for his or her opponent. Read the rest of this entry »

Today I am tired.

July 22, 2008

Today the game of, “What do you think of this?”  This is a game of determining what is within and without the sphere of choice. First the body says,  “Today I am tired.” It is outside the sphere of choice, it is not an evil.