Tag: Germany

Nuclear Power and the State »

The devastating earthquake in Japan has damaged multiple nuclear reactors, and at least one of these facilities is said to pose the potential of Chernobyl-levels of contamination. Germany is responding to this tragedy by temporarily closing down seven nuclear reactors, while France, the second-largest user of nuclear energy in the world, is reportedly planning...
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It’s Pearl Harbor Day — Trot Out the Official Fable »

Sixty-nine years ago, Japanese forces attacked the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, provoking the United States to declare war against Japan. When Japan’s ally Germany declared war on the United States on December 11, 1941, the United States immediately reciprocated. These actions brought the United States into open warfare against the Axis powers and...
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Macroeconomic Policy, European-Style »

Last Spring President Obama tried to talk German Chancellor Angela Merkel into continuing massive deficit spending to support the sagging economy. Quitting now, Obama argued, would cut the recovery short and risk major economic problems. A more sluggish German economy would slow world recovery, including recovery in the U.S. Merkel’s response was that narrowing...
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Nothing Outside the State »

A popular slogan of the Italian Fascists under Mussolini was, “Tutto nello Stato, niente al di fuori dello Stato, nulla contro lo Stato” (everything for the state, nothing outside the state, nothing against the state). I recall this expression frequently as I observe the state’s far-reaching penetration of my own society. What of any consequence...
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Hear John T. Flynn »

This audio of an entire America First Committee rally from June 1941 is a real treat. The sound quality is crisp and clear: The all-star line-up includes John T. Flynn (about 4:30 minutes into the audio), probably the most important activist in the “Old Right” during the 1940s and the 1950s. Speaking after Flynn...
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The “Trick” to “Hide the Decline” »

From a posting by Eduardo Zorita, Scientist at the Institute for Coastal Research in Germany, on the blog “Die Klimazwiebel“: The email alluding to the ‘Mike’s Nature trick’ has been perhaps the one most frequently quoted. Background: temperatures during the past few centuries and millenia are reconstructed from the so-called climate proxy data, of...
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World War II: An Unspeakable Horror Now Encrusted in Myths »

September 1, 1939—exactly seventy years ago today—is customarily considered the day when World War II began, owing to the German invasion of Poland. Of course, some belligerents, most notably the Japanese and the Chinese, had already been at war for years, and others did not join the fray until later. The United States actually began...
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Inglourious Basterds: “An Eye-for-an-eye” Makes the Whole World Blind »

In a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, “Inglourious Basterds and the Problem of Revenge,” Jordana Horn incisively examines the theme of Quentin Tarantino’s new, fictional, revenge film, Inglourious Basterds, in which German soldiers and others in World War II are targeted by an elite Jewish-American commando unit to be killed, scalped, tortured,...
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