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KRAXQUOTES: President Abraham Lincoln

KRAXQUOTES: President Abraham Lincoln

“The legitimate object of Government is to do for a community of people whatever they need to have done, but cannot do at all, or cannot so well do, for themselves in their separate and individual capacities. But in all that people can individually do as well for themselves, Government ought not to interfere.” Advertisements

Unilateral Action by the President

Unilateral Action by the President

Written By: Joshua Lax. The United States is generally considered a country where ’checks and balances’ keep the nation from devolving into dictatorship.  The American republican system provides the three branches of government (Congress, Judiciary and Executive) with enumerated powers, as well as safeguards over other branches.  This specific system was established at founding to … Continue reading

Ancestors’ Guilt

Ancestors’ Guilt

Written by: Michael Kravshik. As Westernist culture has become more self-reflective, historical injustices have become an important issue in public discourse. We increasingly look back on the past, and evaluate circumstances that do not meet the high standards of our current moral code. This exercise brings with it both shame and guilt. At its core, … Continue reading

This Land is My Land, This Land is Your Land

This Land is My Land, This Land is Your Land

Written by: Michael Kravshik. Do nations deserve land rights? I’m not talking about countries with modern political borders, nor am I debating individual private land ownership. The word nation, in this situation, means a group of people who share a common culture, language, ethnicity, descent or history and not a political state. This question underlies … Continue reading

Cultural Relativism: An Intellectual Quagmire

Cultural Relativism: An Intellectual Quagmire

Written by: Michael Kravshik. Recently, a quote by Jiddu Krishnamurti (an Indian author) was shared with me touting that by identifying ourselves differently from any others, we are in fact committing violence (See the picture below this paragraph). This excellent example of cultural relativism, although quite extreme, is a great starting point to jump into … Continue reading

The Founding of American International Relations: Washington, Hamilton and Jefferson

The Founding of American International Relations: Washington, Hamilton and Jefferson

Written by: Joshua Lax. The archetypal perspectives from which America draws the foundation of its international relations have existed since the time of the constitution.  These perspectives have advanced and receded based on their applicability to the existing economic, political, and social conditions within, and outside of, America. There are three distinct perspectives advanced by … Continue reading

KRAXFACTS: Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt

KRAXFACTS: Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt

KRAXFACTS are meant to be a short synopsis of the intended subject, which can also help to provide context for related discussion. See a complete list of KRAXFACTS here. Written by: Josh Lax and Michael Kravshik. Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt “Let us speak courteously, deal fairly, and keep ourselves armed and ready.” Life: October 27, 1858 – … Continue reading

Perceptions of War in Times of Technological Change

Perceptions of War in Times of Technological Change

Written by: Michael Kravshik. I have previously argued that conventional nation-state war is on the outs. To those who gave it a read, I noted in greater detail the effects of political and economic changes on the conduct of war, but only alluded to the significant effect technological changes also have on the equation. This … Continue reading

Book Review: Why the West is Best – Ibn Warraq

Book Review: Why the West is Best – Ibn Warraq

Reviewed by: Michael Kravshik. At first glance the title of this book caught my attention. Why the West is Best: A Muslim Apostate’s Defence of Liberal Democracy, is obviously  seen by many groups as highly contentious, and therefore sparked my interest. The author Ibn Warraq, labeling himself a Muslim apostate (which he most certainly is), is … Continue reading