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The Right Man In The Right Place Can Make All The Difference
Article originated hereThere are times in history where the right man in the right place can make all the difference.  Accidents of fate, the changing circumstances of fortune, and the randomness of events all conspire to turn predictability into uncertainty; yet a man of learning, vision, and character may, at times, interpose himself in the…

How Benito Mussolini Took Power
Article originated hereOriginally posted on Quintus Curtius: Stalin biographer Stephen Kotkin spends several pages of his book discussing the lessons to be learned from Mussolini’s seizure of power in Italy in the early 1920s.  It was something that happened gradually, in stages, when institutions that should have been able to bring him to heel did…
Review of the Wim Hof Method: does it work?
Article originated hereBreathing. We all do it. But we never talk about how to breathe. And that’s a shame. You see, learning how to breathe properly is of great importance. There are times when you need to say something smooth and witty. Maybe you’re talking to a girl you’re interested in. Or maybe you’re the…

Of Islands and Archipelagos
Article originated hereOn a recent podcast I did with Rollo Tomassi and Rian Stone, hosted by Anthony Johnson from the 21 Convention, I found myself annoyed at having my perspective called out as being one of nihilism. As I reflected on why this was, I found myself returning to the definition of nihilism, which is…

Carsten Niebuhr: Sole Survivor Of The Danish-Arabian Expedition
Article originated hereOf the German explorers of the eighteenth century, the only man whose accomplishments rival those of Alexander von Humboldt is Carsten Niebuhr.  His extensive travels and surveys in the Near East and India resulted in specific geographical data, surveying information, and historical insights.  This was no dreamy wanderer; this was a trained professional,…
On Meetings And Separations: The Wisdom Of Two Scholars Of Al-Andalus
Article originated hereWe have paid a price for the media age.  Yes, it is true that we have access to huge volumes of information (or mindless trash, depending on your perspective); but the average person is now deluged with vast amounts of inanity that it is now a full-time responsibility to sift out what is…
Six Points About Balancing Passion And Practicality In Educational Choices (Podcast)
Article originated hereA reader has some questions about giving his son advice on educational and career choices. He is torn between emphasizing what is “practical” and what he feels “passionate” about. Which one is more important? And if given the option, which one should be emphasized? I offer six points that might help him in…

Removing The Veils Of False Modesty: The Life-Affirming Philosophy Of Al-Salami
Article originated hereThe name Muhammad al-Salami (A.D. 948–1003) is nearly unknown in the West, but occupies a prominent position in medieval Arabic poetry.  The genius of his metaphors, the richness of his turns of phrase, and the elegance of his diction can be felt even through the fog of translation; and we will do our…

Three Questions From Readers (Podcast)
Article originated hereIn this podcast I discuss three separate questions sent to me by readers. The questions are: 1. How do I deal with a situation where I’m worried my boss might try to prevent me from getting a new position? 2. What do I think of dress codes and standards? 3. Is there a…

Machiavellian Maxims (Part 5)
Article originated here“There is no avoiding war; it can only be postponed to the advantage of others.” – Niccolo Machiavelli Contents: 1.) Introduction 2.) The Maxims 3.) In Closing / Relevant Reading 1.) Introduction: Welcome to part 5 in my series of Machiavellian maxims, as with the previous entries, contained within’s a pithy collection of Machiavellian wisdom.…

Charles Sturt: A Pioneer Of Australian Exploration
Article originated hereThe student of the history of exploration and discovery cannot fail to notice certain recurring patterns in the lives of great explorers.  Many of them come from modest or poor backgrounds; many have military experience; many are driven by an inner conviction that they are destined for great achievements; many have a high…

Ibn Zafar’s Principles Of Power And Success In Leadership
Article originated hereWe have previously mentioned the political philosopher Ibn Zafar Al-Siqilli (“The Sicilian”), who lived from 1104 to about 1171.  Very little is known of his early life; his entry in Ibn Khallikan’s Biographical Dictionary reveals little more than a few sad anecdotes.  We do know that he was born under the Norman rule…