I have two new projects for which I am seeking a publisher. One Project in on Mediterranean History and the other is The Rise of Roman Sea Power. Both are destined to become excellent books. In the meantime, I am looking for a book agent to represent me. I know these will be very successful books based on my past publication and worldwide interest.
SOCIAL STUDIES DIARY
Survival of the Nation-State
We have learned from history that the state is not a conscious entity -- it can provide the individual with freedom and opportunity, but also perform great atrocities at home and abroad. Its leaders can be brilliant or absolute idiots. In the twinkling of an eye, an oligarchy of political leaders can plant the seeds that will totally destroy freedom, as well as threaten the very existence of the nation-state. Every generation must fight these forces if they are to insure their own freedom. When they look the other way to enjoy their privacy or their wealth, they have become gutless, and they will never be a great people.
What is a father
What is a father? He is a husband and he is a manager that provides for his family. He is not your friend or is he your pal. He is also a protector and rescues you when you make a mess such as in a bad marriage, bankruptcy, or bad investments. He will come to aid if you fall ill or have a crisis. In old age he survives and does not want to be a burden to his children nor does he want them messing around in his affairs. He may be smarter than you and even wiser too, but you will not recognize it until he is gone.
Democracy and Military Defeat
Military defeats have consequences and anyway your look at it or not matter the excuses Afghanistan was a defeat, The ancient Greeks attempted an naval invasion against Syracuse on the island of Sicily in 414 BCE. The invading army and the entire fleet was destroyed and following the disaster the Athenian democracy was in trouble and was slowly reformed and once again became an oligarchy and by 404 BCE Athens was defeated. So much for democracy and the decision making wisdom of the democrats. The Athenians had allowed demagogues to rule and they were very similar to current American leadership.
History of the plague
From an historical perspective plagues have destroyed more armies than have opposing armies. This has been a common thread throughout history ever since the urban revolution of Neolithic times. Plagues feed off of people in densely crowded cities beginning around 6000 BCE. If you want to avoid a plague, in other words, stay away from crowds. Eventually a plague will run its course and die out, but the population will have been greatly decreased. In time, another plague, however, will follow as people will over and again flock into densely crowded spaces. Plague germs are ever evolving organic microbes that kill their host, but must have an endless body of hosts to move onto since they are killers by nature. In other words, they cannot control the fact that they are flawed in that they cannot stop killing a host and only survive as long as they can spread their off-spring to another host--or victim.
A New Form of Existence
My research suggests that population replacement has been a human reality for thousands of years, In other words, a dynamic of the human experience is that over time one group will exist on a geographic area or region for a time, but eventually they will be displaced by another group of migrators. This does not mean that the original group has gone extinct, but that they have simply been integrated into another form of existence.
If you look at the world from a 10,000 year perspective, or from the rise of the urban culture, to the unseen shaping events appearing in today's world, you would detect the beginning of the end of the urban culture. Meaning, that people can now escape from the clutches of the urban elites that enslave and control the human mind as a collective. People living in an urban culture have never really experienced freedom as they have lived a robotic life from childhood. This type of enslavement has greatly increased since the industrial revolution, which also is finally coming to an end. Government, the product of the urban culture, enslaves people more than it sets them free.
The Texas Power Grid
The Texas power grid has flipped its lid
Its run by phonies who are political cronies
The fossil rich land so full of fuel that has turned green
Its being run by the greedy and some are just mean
We're run by untested Yuppies who wear blue suites
City slickers who do not labor, but give their buddies a little favor
In the Texas country where the common folks reside
Those monkey's and suites better try to save their political hide
Metamorphosis of Macalester
In 1957 I was home from four years of military service as a top security military policeman. I had the Korean Bill that allowed me to attend college. I wanted to go to Macalester College in Saint Paul, but my high school record did not meet their standards. Instead, I attended my two year church school in Des Moines, Iowa. At that time, Macalester was a college known for its high academic standards. One year later, I was recruited by Macalester to apply for entry. I jumped at the chance and entered a college known for its many Merit Scholars. I excelled at Macalester and they had an excellent faculty. Their motto was based on striving for "excellence". I loved the idea of striving for excellence. In the process I rose to the top ranks of the student body academically that allowed me to move on to graduate school earning a Ph.D. and moving on to the UT system as a professor, Since that time I have followed the decline of Macalester as an academic institution (in my opinion) Instead of striving for excellence, I detect that they have moved on to the promotion of self-indulgence, which in my opinion had led them to a place of inconsequential meaningless. I have asked myself, if the clock were turned back and I was looking for a college and if Macalester were at the place where it is now, would I attend? My answer is NO!!!(
The inauguration of 2021 reminds me of the historical events that ended the first Athenian democracy. The Athenians were a democracy and they eventually were at war with the Spartans (conservatives). To protect Athens from the Spartans the Athenians build a huge wall system around Athens that reached all the way to the port of Piraeus. Sparta controlled the hinder land with a strong land army, while Athen turned to form the Delian League, which at first comprised of a volunteered alliance cities and islands. In general, the Athens were fearful of fighting the Spartans, the Athenian attempted to become a great naval power. Because of the war, the Athenians moved the treasury from Delos to Athens and refused to allow their former allies to withdraw from the Delian League. They, thereby, turned from a democracy to totalitarians force, once they gained power, But the foolish leaders of the democracy overreached as they attempted to defeat Sparta by sea and the main Athenian fleet was totally destroyed in attempting to take the Sicilian city of Syracuse, which was a colony of the Corinthians. The Athenians clung to the claim of being a democracy, but they punished anyone that stood up against their outrageous decision making and ordered the execution of Socrates. If interested see my book: City-State Civism in Ancient Athen. History does not repeat itself, but there are some interesting parallels.