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Carl Friedrich Philip Von Martius’s Daring Explorations In Brazil
Article originated hereMen undertake explorations and great journeys for many reasons.  Some expeditions–such as those undertaken by Denham, Burton, Burckhardt, and others like them–are primarily focused on expanding geographical knowledge, commercial information, and ethnographic data.  Others, such as those of Humboldt, Rondon, Lewis and Clark, and von Barth, are more interested in the collection of…

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…

The Boar And The Wolf Of Sant’ Antonio
Article originated hereI will turn again to Biondo Flavio’s geographical compendium of Italy called Italia Illustrata, which was published in 1453.  Flavio traveled all over the Italian peninsula and recorded historical information, anecdota, and local customs of the Italian countryside in the late medieval period.  During his tour of Tuscany, he found himself in the…

Gendernomics: On Value Part 3
Article originated hereThis is part 3 of a multi-part post. Part 1 – Part 2 Internal and External Value Multipliers I’ve written about value multipliers previously, in “Game as a Value Multiplier“, where I define a multiplier as: “A multiplier is a very simple concept, it’s an added variable that either serves to increase or…
Separate Your Opponent From His Source Of Strength
Article originated hereWhen we are dealing with an opponent of substantial power, we should try to cut him off from his source of strength.  If he can be made incapable of drawing on his strengths, he will be weakened; and so weakened, isolated; and if isolated, destroyed.  Everything has a source of strength, whether we…
John Lewis Burckhardt’s Pioneering Explorations And Travels In Arabia
Article originated hereBefore Sir Richard Burton, there was John Lewis Burckhardt.  Like many of the great names featured in these pages, he is little known today; but he sacrificed his life in the cause of discovery, and acquired a knowledge of the Arabic language and Islamic customs that has been surpassed by very few–if any–Westerners. …
The Symbols Of Power Are Not Substitutes For Real Power
Article originated hereSome are tempted to confuse the symbols of power with the reality of power.  They are not the same thing.  Power is the one thing that cannot be faked.  For a time, perhaps, the bluffer can maintain an illusion of authority; he can go through his empty pantomime, imagining he is fooling everyone;…

Gendernomics: On Value Part 3
Article originated hereThis is part 3 of a multi-part post. Part 1 – Part 2 Internal and External Value Multipliers I’ve written about value multipliers previously, in “Game as a Value Multiplier“, where I define a multiplier as: “A multiplier is a very simple concept, it’s an added variable that either serves to increase or…
A Portuguese Translation Of My Essay “The Engrossed”
Article originated hereI was informed today that an excellent Portuguese translation of my essay The Engrossed appeared on the site Nuvem de Giz.  I very much appreciate the efforts of translator Sr. Daniel Castro, and am grateful that he found the essay to have been worthy of his efforts.  The translation can be found here. Other…

The Travels Of Constantin De Volney
Article originated hereEvery traveler has a different tale, but the travel itself has the same purpose:  to push through boundaries, overcome obstacles, and to seek out what is not known.  This impulse in man will never change.  And it is right that this is so, for without it the progress of the human race might…

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…

John Lewis Burckhardt’s Travels And Explorations In Nubia
Article originated hereIn a previous article we have sketched the life of John Lewis Burckhardt.  He was born in Lausanne, Switzerland in 1784 of a prominent family.  At the age of 16 his father moved the family to Leipzig; and four years after this they moved again to  Göttingen.  His family was staunchly opposed to…