Why violence is the perfect solution to every problem

Simple: It demands the least of us in terms of both compassion and creativity. Rather than sacrifice our time, resources, rights or comfort in an effort to resolve a conflict, violence allows us to foist the total cost of a conflict onto our enemies. Think of it as the fast food of conflict resolution. The [Read More...]

The NSA: From “No Such Agency” to “New Snowden Age”

In early 2001, I was doing research for a novel about a radio operator on a Trident nuclear submarine who receives a mysterious signal from what appears to be an extra-terrestrial source and subsequently finds himself at the center of an international and [possibly] interplanetary crisis. As part of my research, I spent time studying [Read More...]

“Just war” or Just war?

It’s fittingly ironic that I spent part of yesterday afternoon reading and ruminating on President Obama’s 2009 Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech in preparation for a documentary I’m developing called [Necessary] Evil, only to end the day reading about the drone strike in Yemen that killed 15 people who were on their way to a [Read More...]

Did Dostoevsky get it wrong (and Obama get it right)?

One of the most famous phrases to come out of Fyodor Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov is, “If there’s no God and no life beyond the grave, doesn’t that mean that men will be allowed to do whatever they want?” (phrasing from Andrew R. MacAndrew’s English translation). In other words, if human beings don’t have some [Read More...]


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