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Friday, July 29, 2016

Talking SJWs with Tom Woods

What exactly is the ideology of the “Social Justice Warrior”? What do you do when you’re targeted by one, whether at work or in general? Vox Day — popular blogger, author, SJW slayer, and polymath — joins me for background and strategy.

Tom Woods was kind enough to have me as a guest on Episode 703 of his podcast, Social Justice Warriors: Who They Are and How to Deal With Them. Tom is a sharp guy and I always enjoy speaking with him.

Of course, we were discussing the book that has been a political philosophy bestseller for nearly a year now, SJWs Always Lie: Taking Down the Thought Police. As its first year of publication comes to a close, it is still a top 2 book in the category, trailing only Plato's Republic.

Which reminds me. How many people here would be interested in reading annotated editions of classics like the Republic or Aristotle's Rhetoric, which would consist of the text with my commentary on the text woven into it. We could even do it with other classic works and commentators; I would love to have a copy of Clausewitz's On War annotated by Martin van Creveld. I'm not promising anything, as I have three - no, four - books I'm already writing, but it's an idea that might be worth exploring.

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147 Comments:

Blogger Rantor July 29, 2016 8:01 AM  

I would read an annotated Rhetoric... but need an Epic Fantasy by Christmas???

Blogger Chester July 29, 2016 8:08 AM  

I'd buy it

Blogger crazyivan498 July 29, 2016 8:08 AM  

I would be interested. It difficult to read and understand the ancient classics for me at least.

Blogger Chester July 29, 2016 8:09 AM  

I'd buy it

Blogger Johnny July 29, 2016 8:10 AM  

>>How many people here would be interested in reading annotated editions of classics like the Republic or Aristotle's Rhetoric, which would consist of the text with my commentary... It would depend on the quality of your commentary.

A small problem I have with your SJW concept is that it includes two groups. There the interpersonal hit squad people who go after others owing, apparently, to a sour nature. Then there are the power seekers who lie quite a bit, slander, and so on, but do it for a tactical advantage in some self serving endeavor.

Blogger The Kurgan July 29, 2016 8:11 AM  

Where is my bet about Sea of Skulls not making it out before 2017?

I need to regain that wine I owe you!

Anonymous HongKongCharlie July 29, 2016 8:13 AM  

I'm way behind on my Castalia house book purchases. Tough spot in budget, but I would buy it sometime.
HKC

OpenID RambleAround July 29, 2016 8:13 AM  

I would read them

Blogger Dexter July 29, 2016 8:15 AM  

I want Kratman to write a textbook for History and Moral Philosophy.

Anonymous Longtime Lurker July 29, 2016 8:16 AM  

Annotated military classics published by CH could easily separate me from my cold hard cash.

Anonymous Steveo July 29, 2016 8:17 AM  

I'm in.

Blogger Student in Blue July 29, 2016 8:17 AM  

I'd absolutely love reading an annotated Rhetoric and Republic. As well as an On War.

Anonymous VFMUltra July 29, 2016 8:20 AM  

...polymath.

Can confirm.

Blogger VoodooJock July 29, 2016 8:25 AM  

Add me to the list of those who would buy annotated military classics like Thucydides and Clausewitz. If they include some modern day/4GW references (pro/con), all the better.

Anonymous Name July 29, 2016 8:29 AM  

"I'd buy it"

Same here as long its not pedantic and Vox simplifies with clarity the concepts for newbies.

Blogger FALPhil July 29, 2016 8:31 AM  

I would love annotated versions of the philosophical classics.

Anonymous UF July 29, 2016 8:38 AM  

I would buy it

Blogger Samuel Nock July 29, 2016 8:42 AM  

Would definitely buy all the ones listed, particularly the classic philosophy.

Blogger John Williams July 29, 2016 8:42 AM  

I'd read them.

Anonymous E.G July 29, 2016 8:43 AM  

I will. Plato - 'Republic'.

Anonymous p-dawg July 29, 2016 8:44 AM  

I'd spend good money on those books.

Blogger D.J. July 29, 2016 8:48 AM  

Oh, yes. Annotated classics would be very interesting.

Blogger David-2 July 29, 2016 8:50 AM  

Great idea. I"d like Rhetoric for sure. And a double volume: On War and Art Of War.

And Nicomachean Ethics too, maybe annotated by Cernovich.

Blogger tweell July 29, 2016 8:52 AM  

Yet another way to get money out of my hands and into Castalia's coffers? Have you no shame?

Yes, it would work.

Blogger Rusty Fife July 29, 2016 8:52 AM  

Interesting

Blogger IrishFarmer July 29, 2016 8:53 AM  

I would buy those books. Also an alt right or just a not bull**** American History text would be priceless for me.

Blogger Mark K. July 29, 2016 9:05 AM  

In the spirit of Pokemon, I'll buy'em all Vox.

Blogger Rusty Fife July 29, 2016 9:06 AM  

IrishFarmer wrote:I would buy those books. Also an alt right or just a not bull**** American History text would be priceless for me.

This one is written by a sailor that recreated CCs voyages before writing the book, great read.

https://www.amazon.com/Admiral-Ocean-Sea-Christopher-Columbus/dp/0316584789

Blogger Mark Cook July 29, 2016 9:07 AM  

I'm in!! I'd buy all of them.

Anonymous VFM8157 July 29, 2016 9:07 AM  

Yes, yes, yes

Blogger Rusty Fife July 29, 2016 9:10 AM  

IrishFarmer wrote:I would buy those books. Also an alt right or just a not bull**** American History text would be priceless for me.

My history prof talked about "post holing" the study of history. Dig real deep in one spot, drop a post in, then string some wire to the next event to dig another post hole. The narrative tying those two events is necessarily tenuous, but you can always go back and dig another hole later to firm ot up.

Blogger Doom July 29, 2016 9:11 AM  

I would be interested in reading such. Count me as a definite yes.

Especially since here even the peanut gallery gets to throw rotten fruit if so desired. Or fresh, when I can afford it.

Blogger Stilicho July 29, 2016 9:14 AM  

Yes on Rhetoric and Clauswitz with commentary. Not sure about Republic... - didn't find a lot of value in it in college...what do you see there?

Anonymous Be Not Afraid July 29, 2016 9:15 AM  

Would love to give you my money for those, both the "classics" and Clausewitz.

Blogger Andre B July 29, 2016 9:15 AM  

Yes, I'd buy them.

Blogger Andre B July 29, 2016 9:16 AM  

Yes, I'd buy them.

Blogger rondolf July 29, 2016 9:17 AM  

Very interested.

Blogger Jack Ward July 29, 2016 9:17 AM  

Which reminds me. How many people here would be interested in reading annotated editions of classics like the Republic or Aristotle's Rhetoric, which would consist of the text with my commentary on the text woven into it. We could even do it with other classic works and commentators; I would love to have a copy of Clausewitz's On War annotated by Martin van Creveld. I'm not promising anything, as I have three - no, four - books I'm already writing, but it's an idea that might be worth exploring.

Yes. Yes, a thousand times Yes.

Blogger Ministry of Truth July 29, 2016 9:18 AM  

Yes, I would be very interested in a collection of some of the philosophical classics - with &/or without the commentary - particulary in a nice hard cover like "Equality"

Blogger Junius Stone July 29, 2016 9:18 AM  

Vox annotaded political classics? Sounds interesting ot me. Loved "Social Justice Warriors", btw.

Blogger Laurel Lowrey July 29, 2016 9:20 AM  

Yes.
Was there really any doubt?

Blogger Laurel Lowrey July 29, 2016 9:20 AM  

Yes.
Was there really any doubt?

Blogger lowercaseb July 29, 2016 9:21 AM  

I love annotated works in general, so an VD version would be a treat. Make it and I'll buy it.

Blogger Samuel Nock July 29, 2016 9:21 AM  

I did not read this to say all commentaries would be written Vox, but that he may act as editor for such a series (which could, of course, include volumes for which is he also the commentator).

Blogger Wooly July 29, 2016 9:22 AM  

I'm interested.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan July 29, 2016 9:25 AM  

Yes.

Blogger Thomas Schauer July 29, 2016 9:26 AM  

Very interested. Would buy as soon as it came out (ditto for an On War annotated by Van Creveld or similar).

Anonymous J. Delcano July 29, 2016 9:27 AM  

Absolutely. I have spent so much of my life focusing upon technical subjects that I never had time to develop the ability to interpret and reach a full understanding of such classics. Having a writer place them in their proper context using modern language and concepts would be of great benefit to allow me to better grasp their full meaning.

I dare Castalia House to publish quality books at a rate faster than I can purchase and read. I dare you.

Anonymous JNorth July 29, 2016 9:30 AM  

I'd buy that.

Blogger Robert Divinity July 29, 2016 9:30 AM  

I would read your annotated edition of Plato's "Republic." It is a very relevant work at the moment as we are at his tyrant stage.

Blogger lowercaseb July 29, 2016 9:30 AM  

Samuel Nock wrote:I did not read this to say all commentaries would be written Vox, but that he may act as editor for such a series (which could, of course, include volumes for which is he also the commentator).

Actually, a curated commentator version would be great as well. One bizarre thing I have always been into since college is found marginalia scribbled in schoolbooks. It's always interesting to see what other folks find is the important parts of great works.

Blogger Thucydides July 29, 2016 9:31 AM  

Yes please. The "Landmark Thucydides" edition of the The History of the Peloponnesian War is a very nice format, and I would be very interested to see the same idea applied to other classics.

Blogger lowercaseb July 29, 2016 9:31 AM  

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Anonymous KH July 29, 2016 9:32 AM  

Yes, please.

Blogger lowercaseb July 29, 2016 9:32 AM  

damn dupe postings...I need to stop navigating this site with the back button.

Anonymous RJS July 29, 2016 9:34 AM  

Allan Bloom did a good interpretive essay at the end of his translation of The Republic. I would rather commentaries, perhaps you can put together a book of such on the classics, not unlike Strauss did with his history of political philosophy. All that said, would prefer A Sea of Skulls and the whole Throne of Bones series first.

Blogger Happy Housewife July 29, 2016 9:36 AM  

I'm interested!

Anonymous Nathan July 29, 2016 9:39 AM  

I'm interested. Maybe John C. Wright might do a volume or two as well?

Anonymous Nxx July 29, 2016 9:40 AM  

In for all of them.

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Anonymous Viking July 29, 2016 9:40 AM  

I would be interested. Especially Rhetoric

Anonymous 360 July 29, 2016 9:41 AM  

Definitely, yes. Rhetoric especially.

Anonymous Mister M July 29, 2016 9:42 AM  

I look forward to the podcast with Woods. Lately he's been taking the good guests to about 40 minutes or so, after holding the limit to around 30 min for quite a while. The guy produces a ton of content. He's on the short list of people to whom I contribute.

Blogger CM July 29, 2016 9:42 AM  

I'd be interested on Rhetoric.

Anonymous jbw July 29, 2016 9:43 AM  

Yes. Annotated copies of the classics. Yes, I would buy that.

Anonymous LastRedoubt July 29, 2016 9:47 AM  

Would buy.

OpenID basementhomebrewer July 29, 2016 9:55 AM  

I would be very interested in the annotated copies of the classics.

Anonymous Thranite July 29, 2016 9:55 AM  

Yes, if published in hardcopy. Preference for Vox + Rhetoric or Crevald + Clausewitz.

Anonymous Tom N July 29, 2016 10:01 AM  

Yes! That would definitely give me a reason to read them.

Blogger BassmanCO July 29, 2016 10:03 AM  

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Blogger BassmanCO July 29, 2016 10:03 AM  

Would buy.

Blogger Stefanie Lago July 29, 2016 10:07 AM  

Yes please!

Blogger Nate Winchester July 29, 2016 10:08 AM  

Which reminds me. How many people here would be interested in reading annotated editions of classics like the Republic or Aristotle's Rhetoric, which would consist of the text with my commentary on the text woven into it. We could even do it with other classic works and commentators; I would love to have a copy of Clausewitz's On War annotated by Martin van Creveld. I'm not promising anything, as I have three - no, four - books I'm already writing, but it's an idea that might be worth exploring.

No offense but... I wouldn't want one with you, but I would DEFINITELY love one annotated by John C Wright.

Or maybe even a general Castalia house collection where all the authors (including you, Vox) annotate a work of choosing.

Blogger Kevin Meyer July 29, 2016 10:10 AM  

Would buy it in a heart beat!

Anonymous JI July 29, 2016 10:11 AM  

Very interested in such a series. Would buy. Preference is Kindle.

Anonymous szIlk July 29, 2016 10:12 AM  

Yes on the annotated classics proposal!

Blogger Ostar July 29, 2016 10:17 AM  

Another yes for the annotated versions.

Blogger Old Ez July 29, 2016 10:24 AM  

Yes yes yes for annotated classics. However, a Creveld-annotated Clausewitz would probably run several volumes, wouldn't it? I'd rather see a Creveld-annotated Mackinder or E.H. Carr.

Blogger James Jones July 29, 2016 10:34 AM  

Yes. I would buy it.

Anonymous Alt-Right Father July 29, 2016 10:36 AM  

Another market that could be created/tapped/expanded would be alt-right books appropriate for children, especially young boys who don't want to read the sjw crapola available for them. I bought Mutiny in Space and Brings the Lightning as soon as they were available for young family members and they were immediately devoured. Part of this effort could be a Castalia House sponsored blog that reviews and highlights books and resources appropriate for future children of the West. An explicit anti-sjw focus would IMO ignite this market.

Blogger The Rev July 29, 2016 10:36 AM  

Yissss. The Aristotle breakdown was my favorite part of SJWs

Blogger horsewithnonick July 29, 2016 10:38 AM  

Take my money.

Blogger Eric Henderson July 29, 2016 10:46 AM  

Buy it in a heart beat. At the risk of sounding like Scalzi, Political Philosophy was my undergrad. That and $2.05 will get me a coffee at Five Bucks. I still love reading it though and your insights are very, very good.

Blogger Mike Q. July 29, 2016 10:47 AM  

You have been one of the more influential authors in my recent years and I'd be interested in reading your take on these classics - especially Rhetoric and On War.

Blogger Mike Q. July 29, 2016 10:47 AM  

You have been one of the more influential authors in my recent years and I'd be interested in reading your take on these classics - especially Rhetoric and On War.

Blogger praetorian July 29, 2016 10:49 AM  

I would buy both.

Blogger Fridthjof-G Eriksen July 29, 2016 10:50 AM  

On War - I'd pay good money for an annotated version of that.

Blogger FilmKnurd July 29, 2016 10:54 AM  

Yes. I would read anything you annotated.

Anonymous Dave Gerrold's 6184th Cabana Boy July 29, 2016 10:59 AM  

Put me down for a copy of each, please and thank you.

...er, by your leave Dark Lord.

Anonymous PM July 29, 2016 11:04 AM  

Vox said:
"How many people here would be interested in reading annotated editions of classics like the Republic or Aristotle's Rhetoric, which would consist of the text with my commentary on the text woven into it."
+1 for each of the above, please.

PM

Blogger VFM #0168 July 29, 2016 11:12 AM  

I would be interested in your annotations as well.

Blogger Megamerc July 29, 2016 11:25 AM  

I'm interested. I have trouble managing my time, but the annotated versions are something I would absolutely find time for.

Blogger Dave July 29, 2016 11:26 AM  

No no no you've got too many irons in the fire now. The SJW series is more vital. Of course, if CH does do the classics, I will be aboard.

Anonymous Steve July 29, 2016 11:35 AM  

I would be interested.

Blogger MagisterGreen July 29, 2016 11:38 AM  

I'd buy it.

Blogger Brian S July 29, 2016 11:42 AM  

I know it's pretty unlikely (would have to travel to LA) but if you ever appeared on the Joe Rogan podcast, the youtube comments alone would be endlessly entertaining

Blogger Brian S July 29, 2016 11:45 AM  

I'm interested in the annotated books as well

Blogger Panzerdude July 29, 2016 11:49 AM  

Annotated would be a great value. The issue for me is like some Biblical commentaries...I love the text and appreciate a scholar's perspective to explain/interpret/opine on some of the deeper points. Helps me understand and reach my own conclusions.

It's that lack of commentary that has kept me away from some of the ancient classics.

Blogger Tino July 29, 2016 11:52 AM  

I would buy a complete series of annotated volumes by luminaries or others with experience and real world hard knocks.

Anonymous Philipp July 29, 2016 11:59 AM  

To publish annotated editions of classics is a great idea.

Blogger Yemi Fawehinmi July 29, 2016 12:01 PM  

Count me in as wanting annotated editions of classic works.

Anonymous Bagger Vance July 29, 2016 12:01 PM  

I like the annotated classics idea as well. This is like the second time in a week where you've announced something that's been in the back of my mind for ages.

Anonymous BGKB July 29, 2016 12:22 PM  

two groups. There the interpersonal hit squad people who go after others owing, apparently, to a sour nature. Then there are the power seekers who lie quite a bit, slander, and so on, but do it for a tactical advantage in some self serving endeavor

They both do it for virtue signaling smarty badges

Blogger newanubis July 29, 2016 12:38 PM  

If you write it, they will read. And buy. (Says he, salivating)

Anonymous EH July 29, 2016 12:54 PM  

I'd be interested, but only if it were free.

What I'd really like to see is hypertext used for its original purpose, to have reader conversations with texts, books, articles, comments and commentaries on ....

Start with the Project Gutenberg corpus plus other open-sourced texts including Wikipedia (+talk pages +versions). Define an address space for the texts, versions, translations, positions within the versions and translations. Define overlays of these which map sections of a source with sections of another version, translation or commentary. Take lists, sets, other data structures which have such mappings as elements to be a single data structure which defines a given commentary, translation, etc. These in turn may be translated, commented upon etc. (or transformed by programs to make a translation, commentary, reference, analogy, etc.)

Devine display methods associated with the types of mapping which can be altered or made conditional on characteristics of the text or mapping. Simple types would be glosses in the margins, tool-tip type popups, or multiple-column parallel commentaries.

Having a canon of great books, open-source commentaries and essential reference works to start with would ground the project better than Xanadu and similar projects which flew off into the abstract ether or foundered on the shoals of semantics.

Blogger Madeleine Merecka July 29, 2016 12:56 PM  

Do it.

Anonymous Stephen Ward July 29, 2016 1:03 PM  

"On War" annotated by van Crevald?
Sign me up.

Anonymous Spartacus xxxxx July 29, 2016 1:19 PM  

Consider this a pre-order(s) for anything of that class.

Blogger Clay, Bill Clay July 29, 2016 2:14 PM  

Absolutely. I'm down.

Blogger beerme July 29, 2016 2:21 PM  

would buy.

Anonymous vales3 July 29, 2016 2:22 PM  

I love the annotated classics idea. Here's my money.

Anonymous Hezekiah Garrett July 29, 2016 2:24 PM  

a Vox annotated Rhetoric? I'd buy and read that, merely out of curiousity.

But overall, isn't one of Western Man's current failings that he isnt reading primary texts? What is the use of literacy if we don't engage directly with these authors through their own words.

Although, once familiar, I can see a LOT of value in what you propose. I WOULD kill to read David the Good's take on Marcus Varentius Varro.

Blogger residentMoron July 29, 2016 2:30 PM  

Regarding the book ideas, I'd definitely buy that.

Blogger Roger G2 July 29, 2016 2:35 PM  

I recommended SJWAL just today to someone on Reddit, and was frankly surprised that someone in the thread hadn't heard of it.
An "On War" study with commentary would be eagerly read by me, fwiw.

Anonymous MendoScot July 29, 2016 2:37 PM  

Definitely. Reading biographies has been a real eye-opener for me, in helping understand classic works.

Blogger khan July 29, 2016 2:55 PM  

I'm down for annotated classics. I just learned of Castalia a month ago, and I'm grateful to have 4 books from you so far. Still waiting on a print edition of The Missionaries!

Blogger D.G.F.M. July 29, 2016 3:07 PM  

Would buy both ePub and hard copy.

Blogger jonw July 29, 2016 3:19 PM  

Interesting
I would buy it

Anonymous Zion's Paladin July 29, 2016 3:58 PM  

Yet another way Vox has found to get money out of me. I'm all for it.

Now if you'll excuse me, I need to go back to work on that money tree.

Anonymous Odd Wobble July 29, 2016 4:04 PM  

How many people here would be interested in reading annotated editions of classics like the Republic or Aristotle's Rhetoric

I would. I have beautiful Easton Press leather-bound editions of the complete works of William Shakespeare, and I never read them. Instead, when I want Shakespeare, I go to my old copy of A.L. Rowse's "The Annotated Shakespeare". There are Elizabethan things that absolutely need explaining to us moderns on every page. You really won't get the full meaning without that help. More books of this kind are welcomed.

Anonymous Kell July 29, 2016 4:10 PM  

I'd love to see some of that. Plato, Aristotle and Clausewitz are good choices. Speaking personally, I'd also like to see Marcus Aurelius, Cicero and maybe Thomas Aquinas eventually added to the list.

Blogger Were-Puppy July 29, 2016 4:16 PM  

I love the ancients. I would buy.

Blogger Were-Puppy July 29, 2016 4:17 PM  

@9 Dexter

I want Kratman to write a textbook for History and Moral Philosophy.
---

I would like to see him write something about how reality is following, or diverging, from his book Caliphate.

Blogger Were-Puppy July 29, 2016 4:19 PM  

@14 VoodooJock
Add me to the list of those who would buy annotated military classics like Thucydides and Clausewitz.
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If we are going classic, I wouldn't mind Thucydides, but one I like that you don't see much is Xenophon.

Blogger Were-Puppy July 29, 2016 4:24 PM  

@79 Alt-Right Father

Another market that could be created/tapped/expanded would be alt-right books appropriate for children, especially young boys who don't want to read the sjw crapola available for them.
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Robert E Howard, the pulps era authors. Those were mostly adventurous stuff written for men and boys.

Anonymous vfm #0202 July 29, 2016 4:52 PM  

A pattern is emerging. Vox has taken aim at academia. The lamentations of their harpies will be sweeter than Apollo's lyre!

Blogger Rollo the Cat July 29, 2016 5:22 PM  

Kell,

Clausewitz is very overrated. Just a poor attempt to apply Hegel to military matters.

Blogger Rollo the Cat July 29, 2016 5:25 PM  

Plutarch's Lives of the Greeks and Romans would be the best subject for an annotated translation. For boys, or anyone else. The Dryden translation is good, but assumes too much knowledge of the goings on in the ancient world for the average modern reader to just pick it up and read.

Anonymous Incurvatus July 29, 2016 5:47 PM  

Put me down for a hardcover of "Rhetoric" and "On War"

Anonymous idprism July 29, 2016 6:28 PM  

paperback rhetoric is currently on my purchase wishlist after gorilla mindset. it would be interesting to see it notes and annotations, especially if they are not too subjective.

Blogger pyrrhus July 29, 2016 6:35 PM  

I'd like to see Plato annotated by you, Robert Pirsig and Nassim Taleb with me as the editor....

Blogger Ariadne Umbrella July 29, 2016 7:15 PM  

If you'd do an annotated classic, you'd do better with two or three commentors, talking back and forth. With one classic, and one commentor, you sort of end up noticing how- not great- the modern is. It's the limitation of the introductory essay that Penguin does on any great classic. it's like biting a stale cracker before trying good bread. A discussion, however, between two or three experts, plus the classic, would be far more useful.

The model I can think of, really, is the original "new Our Bodies, Ourselves." And yes, I know, SJW ur-text. But every new concept had three or four comments, stories or anecdotes, so you could get a sense of people grappling with complex subjects in modern times. And, really, the things we now take for granted in modern Tumblr decadence, are rooted in this work. More dry, one note, or even single testimonial, texts did not, and do not, carry as much weight.

The Roman military history documentaries on cable television, with the three or four experts in different, but related areas, are more memorable because there are the various voices.

Blogger vtah July 29, 2016 7:35 PM  

yes, vox. selected classics with commentary would be a useful tool for homeschooling. also, if castalia has a section of recommended works for homeschooling that would be great too. we need help, but only from the right people, to raise the next generation of thinkers.

Blogger VD July 29, 2016 8:04 PM  

I just learned of Castalia a month ago, and I'm grateful to have 4 books from you so far.

Wow, that is encouraging. Thanks for your support.

Still waiting on a print edition of The Missionaries!

It's coming, but we have some unexpected new stuff coming first. As well as John Wright's Iron Chamber in hardcover and paperback.

Blogger Quadko July 29, 2016 8:26 PM  

I'm in. You guys publish, I buy and read!

Blogger Quadko July 29, 2016 8:28 PM  

I'm in. You guys publish, I buy and read!

Blogger michaeloh59 July 29, 2016 8:31 PM  

Put me down for an enthusiastic "yes" to annotated classics.

Blogger Tom Kratman July 29, 2016 8:49 PM  

"Clausewitz is very overrated. Just a poor attempt to apply Hegel to military matters."

Procedurally, somewhat. Some of the problem comes in with his work being incomplete at his death, edited and published by his wife who was probably not up to that particular job. More confusion comes in insofar as one can find both sides of any proposition in Clausewitz, because of dialectic, his method of postulating opposites and reasoning his way to which one, if either, was correct. In certain areas, notably guerrilla warfare, his understanding was fairly poor. In others - friction comes to mind, forex, as well as the subordination of war to the desired political goal - his concepts are key to understanding war as a whole.

Blogger Tom Kratman July 29, 2016 8:52 PM  

"I want Kratman to write a textbook for History and Moral Philosophy."

I'm sure you really mean fire up the time machine and get a copy of Dr. Warrant Officer Jorge Mendoza's work to translate, yes?

Blogger Tom Kratman July 29, 2016 8:56 PM  

"I would like to see him write something about how reality is following, or diverging, from his book Caliphate."

Well...until three US cities and London disappear, it can't really follow along perfectly. I think I've described rather well what European society is becoming, if they don't do something rather radical and serious, soon. I do not rule out that possibility, of course, but it HAS TO BE soon or it will be too late.

To the extent that I've gotten it right, by the way, I am entitled to no kudos. Anyone with eyes to see and a brain to process the data could have predicted what I have should things not change, as mentioned, radically and soon.

Blogger Tom Kratman July 29, 2016 9:05 PM  

"If we are going classic, I wouldn't mind Thucydides, but one I like that you don't see much is Xenophon."

Maybe interestingly, I think a rather strong circumstantial case can be made for Xenophon being the wellspring of the Roman manipular legion as almost every important feature in it was laid out by him either in the Anabasis or the Cyropaedia.

Blogger Bibliotheca Servare July 30, 2016 1:26 AM  

I'll second that! Although I might prefer to get the next Carrera novel first, if I'mbbeing completely honest. *grin* Aside from that, though, I'd be positively delighted to read a volume (or three...) on those subjects from Col. Kratman! His articles on Everyjoe are absolutely fantastic. Fascinating and...well...inspiring doesn't seem like the right word, but it's the best I can think of right now, heh. So, fascinating and inspiring! :-)

Blogger Aeoli Pera July 30, 2016 7:20 AM  

How about Rhetoric as translated by Roissy?

Blogger Aeoli Pera July 30, 2016 7:21 AM  

Working title: Enter the Shiv.

Blogger The East Mercian July 30, 2016 4:30 PM  

Looking forward to the episode. Those annotated books would be AMAZING.

Blogger ckordiolis July 31, 2016 1:04 PM  

I would buy those books in a heartbeat! Please do so!

Blogger Tom Kratman August 01, 2016 4:20 AM  

@141

Thanks, muchly.

Anonymous Avalanche August 01, 2016 9:13 AM  

@119 "A.L. Rowse's "The Annotated Shakespeare". There are Elizabethan things that absolutely need explaining to us moderns"

Have you ever located a copy of and read "Shakespeare's Bawdy"? (Hysterically funny and) a sort-of dictionary of the Elizabethan slang which Will's audience knew - and we miss! REALLY increases one's pleasure in watching or reading Shakepeare!

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