DeadGuyQuotes Reading List

More books for your reading pleasure (in no particular order): Philosophy / Strategy / Literature: Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand The Art of War by Sun Tzu 1984 by George Orwell Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury Brave New World by Aldous Huxley The Prince by Machiavelli The Crisis of Democratic […]

Re-enacting at the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg

I Company, 13th Virginia Volunteer Infantry July 12th, 2013 Fairfax, Virginia — UPDATE It is with sadness, loss, and regret that I add an edit to this blog entry as one of the hearty men of the “Lucky 13th”, SGT Charles Napier passed away last night.  (https://www.facebook.com/13thva) and the family of the 13th feels the […]

2013 Presidential Cage Match Series Announcement

We are hosting Round 1 of the 2013 Presidential Cage Match as a GoogleHangout. This is largely for GMU History Alum and other select invited personnel… I will, however, post results on the Blog. Bracket is public today! Download here: 2013 Bracket (.ppt) and 2013 Bracket (.pdf). If you want to play, fill in your […]

Democracy is Not a Spectator Sport: The right and responsibility of voice

The Washington Post offered Kathleen Parker’s thoughts on the emerging polarity and increased risk of violence evident in many of the right-ist leaning groups in America. (The article may be found online: http://tinyurl.com/y3qkuql) Whether the right is more dangerous than the left, the point is valid: speech and voice are important – they are life-sustaining […]

Comments on readings by and about Reinhold Niebuhr

Selected Niebuhr Readings Niebuhr Essay Theologian Reinhold Niebuhr is one of a handful of modern theologians who can sit at the crossroads of politics, international relations, philosophy, ethics, and religion. Examining a few key essays and a few commentaries about Niebuhr reveals a deeply religious and intelligent man who centers his arguments around the key […]

Research: From Militia to the National Guard: Jefferson’s Last Stand

Below is an abstract and a copy of the proposed appendices to a research paper in progress at George Mason University under the direction of Dr. Fred Beuttler, Assistant Historian for the US House of Representatives. ABSTRACT: Abstract Blog The militia in the United States of America is a unique reflection of the United States […]

Review: For Cause and Comrades

Review For Cause and Comrades For Cause and Comrades: Why Men Fought in the Civil War. By James M. McPherson (1997) New York: Oxford University Press, Pp. xv + 178, ISBN 0-19-509023-3 (hardback) $25.00 U.S. Why do soldiers fight? Pulitzer-prize winning Civil War historian James McPherson grapples with this question in his deeply researched and […]

Review: The Confederate Nation

Review Thomas The Confederate Nation The Confederate Nation: 1861-1865. By Emory M. Thomas (1979) New York: Harper & Row, Pp. xvi + 384, ISBN 0-06-131965-1 (paperback) $15 00 U.S. “To fulfill Southern nationalism, Confederate Southerners had to slaughter some of the sacred cows and overturn some of the shibboleths that had previously defined them as […]

Democratic Models

Dan Snowdall and I struggled with defining Democratic Relativism while simultaneously comparing the various models discussed in class over the last few weeks. We were completely flummoxed by the undefinable nature of the concepts we were discussing and have been challenged with giving the concepts some form. Coming from an undergraduate degree in Government as […]