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The West Point Cadets

The Cadets

Welcome to 2021… Well, this will prove to be an “interesting” year.  You can read that and let you mind wander around the full totality of the word.  The most predictable thing going forward is our lack of predictability. But there are some constants… and some serious places where we can place our hope. A year...

2020

2020

It is the day after Christmas.  I have come into Artemis early to clean up some administrative things that were neglected during Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.  It seems like a fine opportunity to reflect upon the year 2020 before a stake is formally driven into the heart of this withering beast. This has been...

Artemis Blog: Making Sense of it All

Making Sense of it All

Well, the Cadet is home for Christmas.  Her last official act at West Point was cheering on the Army football team’s rout of Navy during the Army-Navy football game. With Carolyn firmly ensconced in our Artemis European headquarters (a safe house in London), and the United States Army once again violating my Third Amendment rights...

PARODY_ Perhaps... Perhaps Not_

Parody? Perhaps… Perhaps Not…

Parody?  Perhaps… Perhaps not… Delaware:  Multiple news outlets have reported that President-Elect Biden would be making a major announcement this week on what is being called “Day One” Executive Actions on gun control.  So it came as a surprise when he took the podium yesterday and announced a series of proposed executive actions targeting the...

Arrogance of Ignorance

For quite some time now I have been studying Stoicism.  Well… Classical Stoicism as compared to Modern Stoicism.  While Modern Stoicism definitely takes many of its evolving tenants from Classical Stoicism, pontificators of the modern version tend to orient their version towards a specific objective.   Take Robert Greene who has written a modern-day version...

Changes

Changes

Changes… This last week I was reading an article in Foreign Affairs called Defense in Depth; it was coauthored by former Secretary of Defense, James Mattis.  It called for a fundamental rebuke of the Trump foreign policy agenda, specifically outlining how military operations need to be multinational affairs and taking advantage of “in-theater” country assistance...

Artemis blog: Fireside Chat

Fireside Chat

The Major and I were sitting, once again, by the fire smoking our cigars, nursing our whiskeys, and reliving past campaigns.  We rejoiced in the brilliance of our past strategies, found others to blame for our shortcomings, and pontificated on how other lesser mortals could have arranged their battles to match our own acumen. “Captain,...

Blog for Artemis: Good Religion

Good Religion

Enough of politics… This season has created division, disparagement, and indigestion.  For today’s blog, let’s talk about something noncontroversial:  religion. A couple of disclaimers just to know where I am coming from:  Some intellectuals detest religion.  They feel it is medieval, codified superstition, coercive and, in the final analysis, just kinda silly. Other intellectuals are extremely...