Corrente

If you have "no place to go," come here!

If anybody wants a chilling long, long read on what's next for The State...

... I highly recommend Phillip Bobbit's The Shield of Achilles. It's -- please wait a moment while I break out the scales, er, check the page count -- 897 pages long, not counting the index and the bibliography, but it's pretty easy, 30,000-foot level reading.

Bobbitt is a poetry-quoting toothy old National Security State crocodile who crawls out of the sewers in Austin, Washington, and London, but his prose is smooth as silk (it would be), and if you want insight into what the American ruling class thinks it accomplished between the Guns of August that began World War I, and the Peace of Paris that ended the Cold War in 1990, this is the book to read.

A caveat, however, that history remains for us to write -- and not Bobbitt. His view of "the market state" that is forming -- rather like the creature in Alien -- in the belly of our nation state is plausible, but we don't have to accept it as an inevitability, even though it is of course one purpose of the book to create that very sense. Let us remember that some scholars enter national security studies exactly because there are no testable outcomes....