A Discourse on Discourse by James Inwood

Today’s America is a bitterly polarized society. When people argue politics, they do so presuming that to disagree the other person must either be stupid or malevolent. If someone is prominent in an opposing party, their motivations immediately become suspect; anything they propose to do is considered a conspiracy to destroy goodness and trash America. Whenever something bad happens, it becomes either part of “their … Continue reading A Discourse on Discourse by James Inwood

America and the War for Mali by James Inwood

Anyone with even a summary knowledge of modern Africa knows that it consists of one part optimism and nine parts hopelessness. Mali has been no exception over the past year. For those who are understandably ignorant of African geopolitics, Mali is an awkwardly-shaped nation in West Africa that once was home to the wealthiest man in history, Mansa Musa. Today, Mali’s only boast is demographic … Continue reading America and the War for Mali by James Inwood

Autocracy Now by James Inwood

“If a land is rebellious, its princes will be many; but with a prudent man it knows security.” Proverbs 28:2  A nation once elected a new, revolutionary government. Its promises were as extraordinary as its incompetence, and country descended into chaos. A military coup overthrew the republic and replaced it with a dictatorship. The new leader implemented a program of economic reform and refused to … Continue reading Autocracy Now by James Inwood

Drones: Friend or Foe of Liberty? by James Inwood

When America’s leading statesmen met to frame a new constitution for the young republic, they hoped to transform their ideas and principles into a framework of law. Not all of them got their way, however. Elbridge Gerry proposed that the Constitution limit standing armies to five thousand men. George Washington applauded the motion, but added that they should consider limiting invading armies to three thousand … Continue reading Drones: Friend or Foe of Liberty? by James Inwood