Tag Archives: Kings

Kings: Quote of the Day

The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design.

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Kings: Boys 2 Men

Author Kay Hymowitz spoke to us at lunch today on the topic of boys becoming men in a feminist society. I thought she laid out the problem well, but she did not spend time talking about how we got to where we are or what is likely to come.

Perhaps her book addresses these issues.

The questions I need to ask on this topic are: do these trends change in strong families? Religious families?

We should make our goal to raise both strong men and women, strong families, and strong values.

Kings: The Generals Who Ruled Iraq

I am finishing up a book called The Fourth Star by David Cloud and Greg Jaffe. It details the story of the rise of David Petraeus, John Abizaid, George Casey, Jr., and Peter Chiarelli.

Each has a unique background, and each of them interesting, but I was especially brought in by David Petraeus. In the military, he had more drive than anyone around – and often more than anyone around him knew how to handle. The pursuit of excellence drives many to work harder and better, but many fail. However, this brings us to the classic blackswan example, that just because something is hard or seemingly impossible doesn’t mean that it is impossible.

Petraeus never backed down from his confidence, and where many would have stumbled, he pressed on. Of course, his story is not over yet. While I do not see him running for President (although, after reading this book, I could see it as a possibility more than I had before), I don’t see him truly failing. Petraeus is a role model for those with big dreams.

The book is worth a read.

Kings: 2012 Field is a Bit More Clear

John Thune recently announced that he will not be running for the 2012 Republican Presidential nomination.

So where does this put the field?  Thune, a strong evangelical candidate, clears up the race for more evangelicals to do well – think Mike Huckabee.  Regionally, this might give a bump to Tim Pawlenty, but I would not count on too much movement there.

I am glad that Thune is not running this time around, but I do hope me makes a run two or three cycles later.  From reading the article linked above, I would gather that he will likely run for Conference Chairman.  2012 can’t come fast enough!

Kings: Medal of Freedom

This is the best Kings link I can share – everyone should learn a little about each person who received the Medal of Freedom yesterday.

Look here.

Kings: What I’m reading…

I’m reading Eliot A. Cohen’s Supreme Command for one of my classes. Book review to come…

Kings: Cairo in Chaos

I think I almost have to talk about Egypt this week. Violence broke out today and it does not look good – whoever wins, the region will likely not be stable for years. As others have pointed out, most revolutions do not end well in the short-run or in the long-run (America being a notable exception).

Expect the situation to get worse before it gets better. Keep them in your prayers.

Kings: Guns, Germs, Steel, and Brains?

Just got out of class, where we discussed a few more chapters of Jared Diamond’s Guns, Germs, and Steel.

Diamond is quick to say that there is no link between the living standards disparity of today with intelligence of different people through the ages.

Well, this might be an issue of semantics, but I cannot help but think that different people think in different ways. Is there no room for the enlightenment of religion, or for the differences in culture?

I chalk it up to another scare of scientism.

Kings: Preview of Masters and Commanders

Wanted to write a quick preview of my Friday class entitled Masters and Commanders, taught by Victor Davis Hanson. We are using several texts for the class, including some written by the teacher himself.
The idea of the class is to get inside the heads of military leaders from across history, from the beginning of civilization to today. What motivated them? How did they think and construct their war strategies?
Hanson, who is of course a well known scholar on the topic and fellow at the Hoover Institute, is the best teacher we could ask for on the subject (save maybe someone from one of the Military Academies). The class is four hours long, each Friday, so I’m hoping we get some good conversation going this first class.

Kings: Wikileaks, Fear, and Lack of Knowledge

I’ll start off by saying I would likely never do what Julian Assange, Daniel Ellsberg, or Private Manning have done, that is, leak classified information.

However, the more I read on the subject, the more I think that Assange has done nothing inherently illegal, but he did have wicked (yes, wicked, evil, vile, sinful) intent. Ellsberg and Manning both broke agreements on non-disclosure for sure, so their actions were both illegal. However, after watching the movie “The Most Dangerous Man in America” about Ellsberg, I have a strange feeling that Ellsberg did not have evil intent. He really did believe that what he was doing was for the good of the country. Now, I would love to hear a debate between someone like Ellsberg and someone who agrees with the Vietnam War and is knowledgeable on the subject (like Stanley “Bruce” Herschensohn).

However, Assange’s motives seem to be destructive. Even if his actions were not illegal, they should be (of course, here we get into freedom of press issues). More thoughts later.