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A Phone Call With Stalin

Stalin biographer Steven Kotkin relates this ominous anecdote in the second volume of his monumental three-volume study of ...

Fifty Shades of Red (Part 4)

“You need only look at the way in which she is formed, to see that woman is not ...

The Wrath Of Least Persistence

Everyone has heard the tired phrase, “path of least resistance.”  It represents a principle that I have no ...

Gendernomics: On Value Part 3

This is part 3 of a multi-part post. Part 1 – Part 2 Internal and External Value Multipliers ...

Forensic Linguistics: The Footprint Of Language

There is a very good miniseries playing on Netflix right now called Manhunt.  It is a drama about ...

Gendernomics: On Value Part 5

This is the 5th and final part of a 5 part essay. Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, ...

Vanguard Of The Plutocratic Insurgency: Apple Inc. Plies Its Trade

Previous articles here have described in detail a phenomenon called the “plutocratic insurgency.”  The term was coined by ...

Michael Crichton On The Masculine Virtues Of Sean Connery

In his 1988 memoir Travels, author Michael Crichton recalls the time he spent with actor Sean Connery during ...

Ibn Zafar’s Principles Of Power And Success In Leadership

We have previously mentioned the political philosopher Ibn Zafar Al-Siqilli (“The Sicilian”), who lived from 1104 to about ...

The Painted Books Of The Maya: Surviving By A Hair

Sometimes the precious things of this world survive by just a hair.  Just a hair.  The difference between ...

Adam Olearius: Amazing Travels And Explorations In Russia And Persia

In the early seventeenth century, the steppes of Russia were almost entirely unknown to western Europeans.  Forests were ...

What Were A Medieval Serf’s Feudal Obligations?

Sometimes I think historians have exaggerated the misery of the medieval serf in Europe.  I would not want ...