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Artificial Intelligence Will Make Our Forever Wars Truly Forever | The American Conservative
Yes, these costs are very real, but they’re also too far removed from the lives of everyday Americans to be truly felt. Once machines replace humans on the battlefield, it will become even easier for hawkish politicians to sell the public on unwinnable and counterproductive wars.
wars  ArtificialIntelligence  americanconservative 
20 days ago by HispanicPundit
134 - Thaddeus Russell and the Horrible Truth about WWII • Isaac Morehouse
The politically incorrect history of WWII. Captain Alfred Thayer Mahan influence on Roosevelt and Roosevelts obsession with war with Japan, the German view of Jews pre, the real reason to go to war with Germany (Autarchy). Hitlers warning to FDR that if attacks Hitler will kill Jews.
worldWar2  History  wars  ThaddeusRussell  Jews 
7 weeks ago by HispanicPundit
How Mosquitoes Changed Everything | The New Yorker
Winegard is particularly interested in wars and conquests, and argues that, for much of military history, deaths caused by mosquitoes far outnumbered, and were more decisive than, deaths in battle. Malaria has many strains, of varying deadliness, but survival rates are lowest for people encountering new varieties to which they have not been “seasoned”—to which they have gained no immunity. As a result, endemic malaria has often acted not only as a local curse but also as a strange sort of protector. Fifteen centuries before the Scottish tried to colonize Panama, the Romans tried to colonize them, and were thwarted by a strain of malaria local to Scotland which is estimated to have killed half of the eighty thousand Roman soldiers sent their way. Endemic strains decimated Hannibal’s forces as they made their way through Italy, turned the armies of Genghis Khan away from southern Europe, prevented European crusaders from conquering the Holy Land (malaria killed more than a third of them), and sided with North American colonists and Latin American revolutionaries in their rebellions against armies brought in from a distant, ruling continent.
History  wars  health  newyorker 
9 weeks ago by HispanicPundit
Richard Dawkins Evolutionary Psychology Part 6 - YouTube
Individual rates of homicide in tribal societies it dwarfs the death rate of WWI and WWII even.
evolution  Buss  wars  youtube 
june 2019 by HispanicPundit
Russia Should Own Up to Stalin-Hitler Friendship - Bloomberg
On Sept. 17, 1939, the Soviet Union invaded eastern Poland. Germany, which had done the same in the western part of the country two weeks earlier, acquiesced under the terms of a notorious neutrality agreement between Adolf Hitler and Josef Stalin that divided parts of eastern Europe into Nazi and Communist spheres of influence.
Russia  germany  wars  Stalin  communist  bloomberg 
september 2018 by HispanicPundit
How dangerous was the Mexican-American War for American soldiers? - Marginal REVOLUTION
The Mexican War of 1846-1848, largely forgotten today, was the second costliest war in American history in terms of the p ercentage of soldiers who died.  Of the 78, 718 American soldiers who served, 13, 283 died, constituting a casualty rate of 16.87 percent.  By comparison, the casualty rate was 2.5 percent in World War I and World War II, 0.1 percent in Korea and Vietnam [TC: you’ll find better but still lower estimates here], and 21 percent for the Civil War.
Mexico  wars  History  Cowen 
september 2018 by HispanicPundit
Welfare and warfare - Marginal REVOLUTION
But it is also a question of history and, more specifically, of how welfare states in the rest of the world developed alongside warfare. European welfare states began in Prussia at the end of the 19th century, when war with France required the mobilisation of a large number of civilians. Britain’s welfare state has its origins in the discovery that many of the men who presented themselves to recruiting offices during the Boer war were not healthy enough to fight. Before the second world war, British liberals would have seen the creation of a government-run national health service as an unwarranted intrusion of government into private life. After 1945 it seemed a just reward for a population that had suffered.

In America this relationship between warfare and health care has evolved differently. The moment when the highest proportion of men of fighting age were at war, during the civil war (when 13% of the population was mobilised), came too early to spur the creation of a national health system. Instead, the federal government broke the putative link between war and universal health care by treating ex-servicemen differently from everyone else. In 1930 the Veterans Administration was set up to care for those who had served in the first world war. It has since become a single-payer system of government-run hospitals of the kind that many Americans associate with socialised medicine in Europe. America did come close to introducing something like universal health care during the Vietnam war, when once again large numbers of men were being drafted. Richard Nixon proposed a comprehensive health-insurance plan to Congress in 1974. But for Watergate, he might have succeeded.
welfare  wars  economist  cowen 
march 2017 by HispanicPundit
No, War Is Not Inevitable
But consider these facts. Researchers did not observe the first deadly chimpanzee raid until 1974, more than a decade after Jane Goodall started watching chimps at the Gombe reserve. Between 1975 and 2004, researchers counted a total of 29 deaths from raids, which comes to one killing for every seven years of observation of a community. Even Richard Wrangham of Harvard University, a leading chimpanzee researcher and prominent advocate of the deep-roots theory of war, acknowledges that “coalitionary killing” is “certainly rare.”
sidebar  discovermagazine  wars  evolution 
january 2013 by HispanicPundit
No War for Manila | The American Conservative
It is in Washington’s interest to have friends rather than China—a growing geopolitical competitor—managing these new energy sources. Yet markets would prevail irrespective of ownership: even if the Philippines ended up in charge of the oil and gas deposits, Manila would sell to Americans only if they paid full price. At the margin, it is better that an American ally controls the resources, but the benefit isn’t substantial.

Yet Washington’s alliance with the Philippines could lead to a war with China. The U.S. risks being sucked into what Benjamin Carlson of the Global Post calls a “toxic brew of jingoism, nationalism, and disputed territory.” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has even referred to the South China Sea as the West Philippine Sea, a name used only by Manila.
sidebar  americanconservative  oil  foreignpolicy  wars  philipines  China 
december 2012 by HispanicPundit
Would Conscription Reduce Support for War?, David Henderson | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty
Successfully avoiding war for a nation is a public good and is, therefore, subject to the classic free-rider problem. The under-provision of anti-war agitation from those seeking to avoid the draft is exacerbated by the fact that seeking a deferment provides an alternative with a superior private payoff. Resources that an affluent or politically powerful person devotes to preventing or stopping a war will not likely have a noticeable effect on the overall outcome. In contrast, resources spent to secure a deferment or non-combat assignment for a loved one have a tangible effect on a private good. Empirical findings from the Vietnam War era and more recent history are consistent with our thesis.
foreignpolicy  sidebar  henderson  draft  polls  wars 
july 2012 by HispanicPundit
Public Takes Strong Stance Against Iran’s Nuclear Program | Pew Research Center for the People and the Press
The public supports tough measures – including the possible use of military force – to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons. Nearly six-in-ten (58%) say it is more important to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons, even if it means taking military action.
sidebar  pew  polls  wars  iran 
february 2012 by HispanicPundit
War theatre: The hazards and attractions of no-fly zones | The Economist
More deaths, more temptation for war, and a mixed message - what a No Fly Zone really means.
wars  foreignpolicy  wilkinson  sidebar 
march 2011 by HispanicPundit
Yglesias » Shifting Attitudes Toward War
I think it’s quite noteworthy that if you compare the Vietnam War to Iraq and Afghanistan combined that we’ve had strikingly fewer American soldiers killed and strikingly fewer foreigners killed by American soldiers. George W Bush was way to the left of Lyndon Johnson in terms of tolerable levels of devastation to hail down on other people. The events of 9/11 led to a surge in nationalist and pro-violence sentiment, but the trajectory here over decades is downward. I don’t think that’s a trend that will inevitably continue, but there’s no particular reason to think it won’t, and people should be encouraged to see this as an area in which enormous progress has been made and where more work will be rewarded with more progress.
wars  vietnam  iraq  casualties  history  yglesias  sidebar 
march 2011 by HispanicPundit
Failings of Left-Wing and Market-Oriented Economists, David Henderson | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty
But here's one failing, that neither Tyler nor Arnold mentions, of the vast majority of both left-wing and market-oriented economists: their apparently dogged determination not to analyze the role of war and an aggressive foreign policy in leading to the rise of the interventionist state. Robert Higgs has laid this out well in his 1987 book, Crisis and Leviathan, which I reviewed in Fortune. Jeff Hummel is currently completing a book showing, inter alia, how almost any domestic government intervention you can name had its origin in this or that war.
wars  foreignpolicy  government  cowen  kling  henderson  sidebar 
march 2011 by HispanicPundit
Charge George W. Bush with war crimes? - CNN.com
Shortly after the filing, the Bush appearance was canceled. Bush is in no danger of going to a Swiss jail, obviously. But it's important that all Americans understand: This use of law as a weapon of politics is an assault upon the basic norms of American constitutional democracy.
wars  international-law  torture  bush  frum  CNN  sidebar 
february 2011 by HispanicPundit
War: What Is It Here For?, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty
But aren't wars often popular? Sure - if you measure popularity with applause, cheers, bumper stickers, or votes. If you measure popularity with voluntary donations of life and property, though, you discover the truth that eluded Nock: People may love war in the abstract, but they loathe it in the concrete.
wars  pacifism  caplan  sidebar 
january 2011 by HispanicPundit
Should the Cost of War Include Interest Payments?, David Henderson | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty
The cost to the United States of fighting a war paid for by taxes is the amount of the taxation times (1 + d), where d is the deadweight loss per dollar of taxes. If, instead, the U.S. finances a war using debt, then the cost of the war is the present value of all the interest payments and repayment of principal, except that each of these interest payments and the principal are multiplied by (1 + di) where di is the deadweight loss per dollar of taxes raised when the taxes are actually raised to pay the interest or the principal. In other words, the mistake in my original formulation is that I left out deadweight loss. But there is no particular reason why the di in a particular period is greater than d today. In fact, I remember Bob Barro arguing somewhere in the 1970s that when the war is really expensive, the way to minimize the present value of deadweight loss for a given expenditure is to have relatively even tax rates over time, which implies using some debt to pay for the war.
wars  iraq  afghanistan  costs  henderson  sidebar 
december 2010 by HispanicPundit
The Seen, the Unseen, War, and Peace, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty
"When it comes to the unseen benefits of war, there's actually a perfect storm of irrationality. Not only do people like government, the institution responsible for running the war. Support for war also neatly coheres with the public's anti-foreign bias. If someone announces that killing a bunch of weirdos in another country will save the motherland and cure bad breath, we're inclined to believe him - even if ghastly scenes from Erich Maria Remarque are right in front of our faces."
wars  government  bias  books  caplan  sidebar 
june 2010 by HispanicPundit
David Brooks Defends W | The New Republic
"You can accuse Obama of not going far enough to fix the mess he inherited. But it's just absolutely bizarre to favorably compare Bush's fiscal policy to Obama's when the former increased the structural deficit by an enormous amount and the latter has, so far, decreased it by a modest amount."
deficits  budget  medicare  wars  bush  obamaAdministration  brooks  chait  sidebar 
april 2010 by HispanicPundit
The Common-Sense Case for Pacifism, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty
"In the real-world, however, pacifism is a sound guide to action. While I admit that wars occasionally have good overall consequences, it's very difficult to identify these wars in advance. And unless you're willing to bite the bullet of involuntary organ donation, "good overall consequences" are insufficient to morally justify war. If the advocates of a war can't reasonably claim that they're saving five times as many innocent lives as they take, they're in the wrong."
wars  foreignpolicy  caplan  sidebar 
april 2010 by HispanicPundit
Conflict over conflict-resolution research - Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science
"They make a pretty convincing case that many open questions remain before we can rely on survey-based estimates of war deaths. In particular, they very clearly show that the survey-based estimates provide no evidence at all regarding questions of trends in war deaths--the claims of Obermeyer et al. regarding trends were simply based on a statistical error. The jury is still out, I think, on what numbers should be trusted in any particular case."
iraq  wars  gelman  sidebar 
january 2010 by HispanicPundit
Boone Pickens Illustrates Becker's Theory of Discrimination, David Henderson | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty
"Assume he's right that people in those countries hate us. Notice that, as Bickens himself points out, they're selling oil to us. Becker argued that markets cause people to bear costs of discriminating. In this case, if people in those countries refused to sell oil to us because they hate us, they would give up profitable exchanges. Which is why they don't."
discrimination  Becker  oil  environmentalism  wars  henderson  sidebar 
january 2010 by HispanicPundit
TheMoneyIllusion » Don’t trust historians
Sumners on Historians...on why Woodrow Wilson should be ranked as one of the worst presidents and why Keynes investing sucked.
history  wilson  wars  foreignpolicy  keynes  Sumner  sidebar 
june 2009 by HispanicPundit
Ideas: If you want war, work for justice
The fundamental problem with, "If you want peace, work for justice".
liberalism  wars  friedman  sidebar 
april 2009 by HispanicPundit
Means and Ends - Ross Douthat
And how Americans judge their leaders regarding past wars.
history  wars  foreignpolicy  usa  douthat  sidebar 
february 2009 by HispanicPundit
Christopher Hitchens: WW2, a War Worth Fighting | Newsweek Politics: Campaign 2008 | Newsweek.com
World War II was necessary...and dont let revisionists tell you differently, says Hitchens.
wars  history  hitchens  sidebar 
august 2008 by HispanicPundit
Marginal Revolution: The War with Mexico
"The rate of desertion in the Mexican-American War was the highest in American history and twice that of Vietnam."
wars  Mexico  History  cowen  sidebar 
june 2008 by HispanicPundit
Cafe Hayek: There are no prostitutes in Israel
Halliburton has a long history with US presidents, most notably LBJ.
Iraq  vietnam  wars  USA  Roberts  sidebar 
may 2008 by HispanicPundit
Crowhill Weblog » Blog Archive » The NYT cried, people died
“Researchers at Harvard say that publicly voiced doubts about the U.S. occupation of Iraq have a measurable ‘emboldenment effect’ on insurgents there."
Iraq  wars  krehbiel  sidebar 
march 2008 by HispanicPundit
Marginal Revolution: Department of unpalatable results
"This new NBER working paper (ungated here) argues that media criticism of the U.S. war effort in Iraq leads to more U.S. troops being killed"
Iraq  wars  cowen  sidebar 
march 2008 by HispanicPundit
Chris Blattman's Blog: Young veterans: traumatized pariahs or productive citizens?
"There is reason to believe that for every youth traumatized by war, there are more that are instead activated, mobilized, and empowered".
wars  blattman  sidebar 
january 2008 by HispanicPundit
Megan McArdle (November 27, 2007) -
"If you are not willing to posit that Americans should stay home even when millions are being senselessly slaughtered, then you end up in sticky pragmatic arguments about the possibilities of inherently untrustworthy state power to counteract even more no
libertarianism  philosophy  foreignpolicy  wars  sidebar 
november 2007 by HispanicPundit
EconLog, Why Did So Many Libertarians Support the War?, Bryan Caplan: Library of Economics and Liberty
"To repeat, the question is not whether the war was actually a good idea, but why so many libertarians supported it."
libertarianism  libertarians  wars  caplan 
november 2007 by HispanicPundit
Megan McArdle (November 16, 2007) - God Bless America
"And in Cambodia, I'm told, Americans poll fantastically well; public approval seems to be in the 80-90% range. Even the older generation seems to think that what we did wrong was not invading, but leaving after we had."
vietnam  wars  History  USA  sidebar 
november 2007 by HispanicPundit
OpinionJournal - Five Best
A former Marine's favorite books on the military.
books  wars  sidebar 
august 2007 by HispanicPundit
OpinionJournal - Featured Article - Propaganda Redux
"Take it from this old KGB hand: The left is abetting America's enemies with its intemperate attacks on President Bush".
foreignpolicy  Iraq  liberals  democrats  wars  sidebar 
august 2007 by HispanicPundit
Cafe Hayek: War's Costs
"If taxpayers don't sufficiently feel the costs of what their government is doing, then not only wars, but very many other -- all? -- government programs are likely unnecessary or, at least, excessive."
Iraq  wars  foreignpolicy  government  pork  philosophy  sidebar 
august 2007 by HispanicPundit
Back Talk: Supporting Abortion, Opposing Roe-vs.-Wade
"When I looked into Roe vs. Wade long ago, I was absolutely stunned to discover that even left wing thinkers have qualms about the judicial reasoning that the Supreme Court justices used to support their decision".
abortion  SupremeCourt  foreignpolicy  wars  sidebar 
july 2007 by HispanicPundit
Arabic discussion on Islam
I've seen few honest dialogues on the religion of Islam as good as this one, and to have it said in arabic, on an arabic station, in front of a majority arabic audience is even better.
religion  wars 
march 2006 by HispanicPundit
Townhall.com :: Columns :: Merry you-know-what by Thomas Sowell
More on the Christmas wars, Sowell takes the side of the 'Merry Christmas' side. Needless to say, I agree with Sowell.
Christmas  culture  wars  ACLU 
december 2005 by HispanicPundit

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