Thoughts on Birth Control, Immortality, and the Curse of Methuselah

When it comes to the topic of birth control, I’m in favor of three things: free birth control, a woman’s right to choose abortion, and negative population growth. As for negative population growth, I believe that the number of humans living on Earth should be reduced to a level that does not over stress theContinue reading “Thoughts on Birth Control, Immortality, and the Curse of Methuselah”

Circle Pines After Lunch Song List

Pete Seeger at Circle Pines in 1957. Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone) – Pentatonix The Banks of the Ohio – Olivia Newton John Banks of Ohio – Johnny Cash Banks Of The Ohio – Deana Carter Big Yellow Taxi (Pave Paradise) – Joni Mitchell Blowin’ in the Wind – Peter, Paul, and Mary TheContinue reading “Circle Pines After Lunch Song List”

Academia, Drug Gangs, and Winner-take-all Markets

When one is being recruited to join a PhD program, they usually don’t mention this analogy. “””“If you take into account the risk of being shot by rival gangs, ending up in jail or being beaten up by your own hierarchy, you might wonder why anybody would work for such a low wage and atContinue reading “Academia, Drug Gangs, and Winner-take-all Markets”

References on International Relations by Noah Zerbe

In March of 2022, I posted six items to my blog that reference short videos on International Relations. This blog post brings together links to each of these six items. Professor Zerbe teaches International Relations at Humboldt State University. Critical Theory in International Relations by Noah Zerbe Foundations of Global Politics by Noah Zerbe TheContinue reading “References on International Relations by Noah Zerbe”

Books on International Relations

Classical Realism James Burnham (1905-1987)Managerial Revolution: What is Happening in the World (1941)The Machiavellians: Defenders of Freedom (1942) Dante Alighieri (1265-1321): Politics as Wish Niccolò Machiavelli (1469-1527): The Science of Power Gaetano Mosca (1858-1941): The Theory of the Ruling Class Georges Sorel (1847-1922): A Note on Myth and Violence Robert Michels (1876-1936): The Limits ofContinue reading “Books on International Relations”

The Ukraine Crisis and Russia’s Policy on Nuclear Weapons

Many of us are very concerned about the Ukraine crisis, especially given the possibility that a nuclear war might break out between the US and Russia. Given this concern, I watched two interviews today with great interest. The first was with Dr. Fiona Hill, a senior fellow in the Center on the United States andContinue reading “The Ukraine Crisis and Russia’s Policy on Nuclear Weapons”

Divisions on both Left and Right: It’s enough to make your head spin.

As most of my FB friends know, I like to gather up contrasting points of view on important subjects. This is consistent with my frequent mention of the The Blind Men and the Elephant fable (i.e. the story that extols the wisdom of gathering up multiple blind-man “views” on a complex topic, and then tryingContinue reading “Divisions on both Left and Right: It’s enough to make your head spin.”

US Involvement in the Internal Governance of Ukraine in 2014

Some believe that the US is just an innocent, passive bystander that wants to defend Ukrainian democracy. But not Glenn Greenwald and Aaron Maté. In his YouTube video – The War in Ukraine – Greenwald takes issues with the “passive bystander” narrative. He claims that the US has been very involved with the internal governanceContinue reading “US Involvement in the Internal Governance of Ukraine in 2014”

What was the Maidan Revolution of 2014?

Some say that in February of 2014, the sitting President of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych, was forcibly removed from power by a coup d’état. Others, however, characterize his ouster in more favorable terms. They call it the Maidan Revolution or even the Revolution of Dignity. According to Wikipedia, the Maidan Revolution involved “deadly clashes between protestersContinue reading “What was the Maidan Revolution of 2014?”

Marxist Views on the Ukraine Crisis and World Order

This is my reading list of authors with Marxist and/or Socialist views on the Ukraine crisis and how it may substantially change the world order. By “socialist” I mean left-wing socialist views, which would include democratic socialists, Marxists, and old-school communists (i.e. Marxist/Leninist). However, I do not include here the views of right-wing “National Socialists.”Continue reading “Marxist Views on the Ukraine Crisis and World Order”