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
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Poverty and Lack of Education Cause Terrorism… Right?
Written by: Michael Kravshik. Ever since 9/11 the Western world, and Americans more specifically, have been asking why. What would cause these lads to want to fly through a building to their death, murdering three thousand people they have never met? This is a difficult and complicated question and I’m certainly not going to presume … Continue reading
Written by: Michael Kravshik. Being known as someone who “flip-flops” is one of the most harmful characteristics to a politician’s reputation. There is good cause for this as changing your stance is often associated with political pandering, and selling out your principles for a few extra votes. Where this is actually the case, it is … Continue reading
KRAXFACTS: Financial Audit – The Plight of the Auditor
Written by: Michael Kravshik. As an accountant, my stories from work were never usually the topic of discussion at the dinner table. Nonetheless, the work that accountants do is extremely important and necessary. It’s drier characteristics aside; accounting affects most people in significant ways. It encompasses an extremely wide range of activities, and accountants handle … Continue reading
The Democratic People’s Republic of… Canada?
Written by: Michael Kravshik How many of you out there live in a first world democratic country, yet keep hearing about how you actually live in a “Police State,” “Military State,” or my personal favorite, “Fascist State”? Living in Toronto, I hear about it all the time, especially loudly from the slew of protests this city … Continue reading
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
Democratic Death Threats?
Written by: Michael Kravshik. Freedom of expression is the most important of all our rights. While introducing my concept of Westernism, I stated the following, “Every right that citizens of a modern democracy enjoy is dependent on maintaining free speech.Free speech allows the public to ask and, if necessary, fight for what they want from … Continue reading
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
Dropping the Bomb on Conventional Warfare
Written by: Michael Kravshik. This post will investigate the origins of nation-state conventional warfare as well as its main attributes. I will then argue that conventional warfare is a dying breed, and illustrate the importance of analyzing the implications of this significant shift in the conduct of war. The modern nation-state is the pillar in … Continue reading
A Call to Prayer for Human Rights: 2028 AD
Written by: Michael Kravshik. February 17th, 2028 The New York Time(s) A Call to Prayer for Human Rights After months of controversy, the College of Cardinals has finally decided upon a new Pope. With the all too recognizable signal of white smoke emanating from the Sistine … Continue reading