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The State Will Never Win the Drug War
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Bob Wallace 2010-01-19 04:00
Exclusive to STR   There are several reasons why the State will never win the Drug War, but one not often discussed is the Arndt-Schultz Law. It is a biological law that states, "Small doses stimulate, medium doses poison, and large doses kill."   Probably the best-known examples of this law are vaccines. They are small doses that stimulate the body's immune system to defend...
Kids Teaching Kids
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Bob Wallace 2010-01-08 04:00
Exclusive to STR   Several years ago I was bamboozled into babysitting one evening for a seven-year-old girl and two boys aged five and three.  Since one of my main purposes in life is to lie on the couch and dream of partially-clad women feeding me grapes (as Bob Hope once said in a movie, "I've had women chase me before, but never when I was awake"), I had to figure out how...
Lustful Money and Hateful Religion
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Bob Wallace 2009-12-21 17:00
Exclusive to STR The United States is a empire. Some cheer that fact. I'm not one of them, and I consider such people deluded, since all empires fail, and it's going to happen to the United States , too. There are several reasons why all empires fail, but there are two that stand out: the financialization of the economy, and an intolerant "us vs. them" religion. Those two reasons...
How to Win in Iraq and Afghanistan in One Easy Step
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Bob Wallace 2009-12-13 17:00
Exclusive to STR In one easy step, here's how we do it: pull out completely. That's it. Just leave. The countries will do just fine without us. I'll use history as a guide. In the 20th Century, America won just one war: Vietnam. What's that, you say? We didn't win? We left in ignoble defeat, fleeing in our helicopters and pushing them off of our ships into the blue deep sea? How is that...
Bugs to the Rescue
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Bob Wallace 2009-12-02 17:00
Exclusive to STR The best definition of "reason" I've encountered is "the ability to make connections." I consider it part science, part art. This might be a better definition: "the art and science of making connections." Let's use Bugs Bunny for an example. Bugs belongs to the archetype known as the Trickster. This archetype exists in nearly every culture and is...
The Most Horrible Dream I've Ever Had...Over and Over and Over
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Bob Wallace 2009-10-05 16:00
Exclusive to STR The usual definition of a chickenhawk is someone who supports war but actively avoids fighting. Whenever I think of one, what comes to my mind are Young Republicans, but also leftists, who are just as bad if not worse. A writer, whose name unfortunately completely escapes me, said the aforementioned definition is not totally accurate. A better one is that a chickenhawk is...
The Most Horrible Dream I've Ever Had...Over and Over and Over
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Bob Wallace 2009-05-14 16:00
Exclusive to STR May 15, 2009
The Necessity of Enemies
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Bob Wallace 2005-08-07 16:00
Every tribe in the world, past, present, and I guarantee you future, has referred to itself as "the Humans" or "the People" or "the Chosen," defining itself as human and relegating those outside the tribe to non-human and non-people status. The Chinese called China "the Middle Kingdom" (the middle of the Earth) and the Greeks called their local sea the Mediterranean (also the middle of the Earth...
The Worst Job I Ever Had
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Bob Wallace 2005-07-13 16:00
I had a lot of jobs in high school and college. I was a carpenter for my father when I was a teen, one who bashed his thumb with a hammer, used a crowbar to unstick boots from plywood decks when the boot's owners nail-gunned their own feet, and put a lot of band-aids on, including on people who ran power saws over their own hands.
From Huck to John and Jack to Winston
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Bob Wallace 2005-07-10 16:00
Three of my favorite writers are Mark Twain, F. Paul Wilson, and Manly Wade Wellman. The first everyone knows, the second, a lot, but not as much as the first, and the third, unless you are interested in Ozark horror tales and early American music (think of the song, "Shenandoah,") hardly anyone at all.
In the Year of Our Empress, 4784
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Bob Wallace 2005-06-26 16:00
The first novel I read that impressed upon me the necessity of an armed populace as a bulwark against the depredations of the State was A.E. van Vogt's The Weapon Shops of Isher, published in 1951. I even remember where I read it: in Anthony Boucher's two-volume A Treasury of Great Science Fiction. Last story in the set, book two. I still have my copies.
A Nifty Pocket Guide to World Domination!
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Bob Wallace 2005-05-22 16:00
I doubt it takes more than a quarter-page of instructions to conquer the world. Heck, if the Ten Commandments (technically, "Ten Words" or "Ten Utterances" are pretty much the basis for a free and prosperous society, why should it takes a book/books to learn how to conquer the planet? Aren't they are just really several easily-memorized rules? So here they are: First Rule: The leaders count,...
Learning from the Insane
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Bob Wallace 2005-05-05 16:00
There is a woman I call She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed, after the queen in H. Rider Haggard's novel, She. A few months ago, SWMBO decided my poor pitiful self needed a dog, specifically a pug dog, who, at ten weeks old when I got him, was about eight inches long. His being so tiny was a mistake. As we were driving back the few hundred miles from the breeder, she held this dog (" Norman ") in her lap...
Learning from the Insane
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Bob Wallace 2005-04-24 16:00
"Great men are almost always bad men," wrote Lord Acton. From their badness you can learn much about the flaws inherent in the mass of people. Disease is as instructive as health, since it tells people to flee the former and seek the latter. Unfortunately, when it comes to politics, many people can't tell the difference between the two, and in fact see disease as health, unholiness as holiness...
Led by Their Noses
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Bob Wallace 2005-04-17 16:00
I have reluctantly come to the conclusion that millions of people can be led around by their noses by as small a group of people as six or eight. I can't call them "wolves" and "sheep" because the sheep are willing participants in their delusions, which they don't see as delusion but instead see as truth, and the leaders really aren't wolves. All just have bad ideas that they think are good ones...
War as Virtual Reality
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Bob Wallace 2005-04-10 16:00
Even though I am opposed to the current wars, and believe they will cause nothing but trouble for decades to come, in a sense they don't exist for me, and, I suspect, for a lot of other people. Because of Vietnam , in which domestic protests involved several bombings and many riots, war has now been sanitized and removed as far as possible from the public. There is no draft these days; instead...
Visions of the Future
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Bob Wallace 2005-04-07 16:00
When I was in college, I took four economics courses: Principles of Macro, Principles of Micro, and Intermediate Macro and Intermediate Micro. Half of the material -- the free market half -- made sense. The other half, being Keynesian/Marxist nonsense, should have been junked 60 years ago.
On Being Smart and Lazy
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Bob Wallace 2005-04-03 16:00
The writer Jerry Pournelle HERE; the article is halfway down the page) said conventional wisdom among the military used to judge officers by two variables: by smart and stupid, and by active or lazy.
The Land of Make-Believe
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Bob Wallace 2005-03-22 17:00
My last article was a review of Humberto Fontova's book about Castro and Cuba , Fidel, Hollywood 's Favorite Tyrant. Every letter I got from a Cuban-American said yes, you got it right. Yet I also got some letters praising Castro. Here is one: "Dear Bob,
The Evil Fidel Castro
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Bob Wallace 2005-03-16 17:00
There are some things I cannot comprehend. I can barely understand sky-diving, but do understand it enough so I might even do it myself someday. I'm sure I'd be screaming all the way down, though. However, I cannot understand scuba diving. There're monsters in the ocean, ones that to me are something out of an H.P. Lovecraft story. Remember "Jaws"? About as far as I've ever gone into the...
Ow Crick Ow
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Bob Wallace 2005-03-13 17:00
I hurt my back last week. Well, technically it wasn't my back. It was my right hip, except it was in back of me. You get what I mean. Maybe I caused the problem by sitting on my wallet--the one that (in my imagination) is stuffed with cash. I had to blame it on something.
The Wisdom of a Dog
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Bob Wallace 2005-03-02 17:00
I own a runt of a pug named Norman . Sometimes I call him Woola, after the gigantic, savage (but ultimately nice) Martian hound dog in Edgar Rice Burroughs' The Warlord of Mars. Mostly, though, I call him Norman. He looks like a Norman .
The Way It Could Have Been
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Bob Wallace 2005-02-17 17:00
Hijacker: This is a hijacking! I have a boxcutter! Grandma: Well, I don't have a box! Instead, I have this! (whips out a pistol and points it at hijacker) Now reach for the sky, or I'll put a hole in your pointy little head! Hijacker: (mouth dropping open) What? This is not going according to plan! Americans are not allowed to carry handguns on airplanes! I thought the liberals...
Rush Goes to War
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Bob Wallace 2005-02-15 17:00
The place: Rush Limbaugh's front porch. Rush: (watching TV) Okay, now throw the ball here. Now throw it there. Soldier: What're you doing, Mr. Limbaugh? Rush: Directing the war from my armchair! Oops! Another brave patriot just made the ultimate sacrifice to bring liberty to oppressed people! And to bring Jesus back! And to make sure my SUV has plenty of gas! Say, how do you like...
I Want My Flying Car!
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Bob Wallace 2005-01-30 17:00
I have no use for the State, if State is defined as the Political Means of death, coercion, violence and theft. What good can come from the State? None. It's been estimated States killed up to 200 million people in the 20th Century. Think about all those lost in all of history, due to what States has done. How far behind are we? Two thousand years, maybe? Think of all the inventions lost...
Between Monsters and Gods
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Bob Wallace 2010-12-17 04:00
Column by Bob Wallace.   Exclusive to STR   "Mankind is poised midway between the gods and the beasts," wrote Plotinus. A similar theme runs through most of the older mythologies: Did we come from the beasts or from the gods? Are we merely more evolved animals or fallen angels?   The answer, refined through millennia, is this: We're part beast, but far better...
The Purpose of the State is to Turn You Into a Machine
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Bob Wallace 2011-02-28 04:00
Column by Bob Wallace.  Exclusive to STR  A few months before I turned 12, I read H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine. I was never the same. Since at that age I was very susceptible to science-fiction, the novel had a profound effect on my 11-year-old sensibilities (you should have seen what Edgar Rice Burroughs’ A Fighting Man of Mars did to me – I read it at least...
Where’s my Flying Car and Disintegrator Ray Gun?
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Bob Wallace 2011-02-16 04:00
Column by Bob Wallace.   Exclusive to STR   I’ve been a little miffed since I was 12 years old because I didn’t have a flying car, and most especially, a disintegrator ray gun.  They existed in the movies, books, and on TV, but as for real life, forget it.   I can’t remember the first time I encountered both of them.  I do remember a TV program about...
The State, Hubris and Obscenity
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Bob Wallace 2011-03-10 04:00
Column by Bob Wallce. Exclusive to STR Richard Weaver once pointed out that the original sense of the word “obscenity” meant something that “should be enacted off-stage, because it is unfit for public exhibition.”   He wrote, “they included intense suffering and humiliation, which the Greeks, with habitual perspicacity and humanity, banned from the theater....
Rule by Children
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Bob Wallace 2012-02-06 01:00
Column by Bob Wallace.   Exclusive to STR   Of the current crop of Republican presidential candidates, all of them, except for Ron Paul, are whores and puppets for international bankers and international corporations (I call them Cosmodemonic Transnational Megacorporations). And Paul doesn’t stand a chance, because he is an adult. It doesn't matter if Obama is re-elected, or...
The State Against Families
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Bob Wallace 2011-02-01 04:00
Column by Bob Wallace.   Exclusive to STR   It’s impossible to choose any exact point when the State started destroying families. I’d say it’s been more of a slippery slope than anything else, so you can’t choose any point and say, “This is where it started going downhill.”   But one watershed moment was in 1943, when Americans started...
Hubris Followed by Nemesis
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Bob Wallace 2011-03-29 03:00
Column by Bob Wallace. Exclusive to STR The worst problem in the world – the one that causes more violence than anything else – is the revenge created by feelings of humiliation. Thousands of years ago both the Greeks and the Hebrews noticed that pattern. The Greeks called it Hubris, the god of arrogance, lack of restraint, insolence and wanton violence, followed by Nemesis, the...
Koros to Hubris to Ate to Nemesis
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Bob Wallace 2011-05-04 00:00
Column by Bob Wallace. Exclusive to STR “The fear of humiliation appears to be one of the most powerful motivators in individual and collective human behavior.” ~ Donald Klein There is no light on human nature more pitiless and perceptive and accurate than mythology. Through hundreds if not thousands of years all the dross was burned away, leaving some very acute observations...
The Narcissism of Politics
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Bob Wallace 2011-05-12 00:00
Column by Bob Wallace. Exclusive to STR “Nowhere are prejudices more mistaken for truth, passion for reason, and invective for documentation than in politics.  This is a realm, peopled only by villains or heroes, in which everything is black or white and gray is a forbidden color.”  ~ John Mason Brown, Through These Men (1956)   I sometimes entertain...
American Christian Fascists
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Bob Wallace 2011-10-03 00:00
Column by Bob Wallace.   Exclusive to STR   If fascism ever comes to America, it won’t be through insignificant groups such as American Nazis or the KKK, both of which together could field a couple of softball teams. It’ll come through “Christians,” specifically the blood-thirsty ones who support war.   This kind of Christian supports the State, and...
The State as Machine
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Bob Wallace 2010-06-14 03:00
Exclusive to STR   "The mass of men serve the state thus, not as men mainly, but as machines, with their bodies...." ~ Henry David Thoreau   "All machines are amplifiers" ~ Cooper's Law   That's a true saying: Machines are amplifiers, amplifiers of our inherent abilities.  Machines are not moral or immoral; they're amoral.  They can be used for good or...
Kids Teaching Kids
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Bob Wallace 2010-01-08 04:00
Exclusive to STR   Several years ago I was bamboozled into babysitting one evening for a seven-year-old girl and two boys aged five and three.  Since one of my main purposes in life is to lie on the couch and dream of partially-clad women feeding me grapes (as Bob Hope once said in a movie, "I've had women chase me before, but never when I was awake"), I had to figure out how...
The Four Cardinal Virtues and Government
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Bob Wallace 2010-06-15 03:00
By Bob Wallace.   Exclusive to STR     The Four Cardinal Virtues are not what most people think they are. Justice and Courage sound like good things; Prudence and Temperance, don’t, not really, to many people.  The idea that many people have of them, they sound like they take a lot of the fun out of life. But in reality they are good things. It’s just that...
21st Century Paranoid Guy
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Bob Wallace 2010-05-10 03:00
Exclusive to STR   I once received an email which read, in part: "Charles Lindbergh was a traitor who tried to sell out his country to the Nazis just as many leftists today would sell us out to the Islamo-Fascists."   The letter was in response to my review of Philip Roth's libelous (and boring) novel, The Plot Against America, an odious attempt at an "alternate history...
The Producers and the Parasites
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Bob Wallace 2011-03-01 04:00
Column by Bob Wallace.   Exclusive to STR   I have expended several thousand brain cells – which now means I am pretty much out of them – trying to figure out who are the producers and who are the parasites.   Are firefighters parasites? They don’t produce anything, but they are necessary. Are the police necessary? They don’t produce anything...
The State as Morality Play
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Bob Wallace 2011-04-08 03:00
Column by Bob Wallace. Exclusive to STR I look at life in the aggregate, that is, when you include the whole human race, as a tragicomedy. I don’t look at it as morality play, which I define as seeing life as a contest between Good and Evil. In fact, life is a tragicomedy because so many people see it as a morality play!   Here is an example. The State has defined drugs...
Discovering True Laws
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Bob Wallace 2011-07-01 00:00
Column by Bob Wallace. Exclusive to STR It is unfortunate there has to be a distinction between “true law” and “false law.”  True law is discovered; false law is made up.   No one trained in any hard science believes law can be made up.  None of them will tell you that you can take cyanide without harm, or jump out of an airplane without a parachute.  ...
The State Will Never Win the Drug War
7.5
Bob Wallace 2010-01-19 04:00
Exclusive to STR   There are several reasons why the State will never win the Drug War, but one not often discussed is the Arndt-Schultz Law. It is a biological law that states, "Small doses stimulate, medium doses poison, and large doses kill."   Probably the best-known examples of this law are vaccines. They are small doses that stimulate the body's immune system to defend...
Libertarians, Marriage and Children
7.5
Bob Wallace 2011-01-04 04:00
Column by Bob Wallace.   Exclusive to STR   A pure, “Big L” libertarian doesn’t believe the State has any business being involved in anything. They’d like to see it gone because of the horrors it has perpetrated throughout history. Fair enough. It’s a legitimate philosophical position, and one that I am very sympathetic to. But I am more of a...
Was Ayn Rand a Proto-Fascist?
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Bob Wallace 2011-04-26 03:00
Column by Bob Wallce.   Exclusive to STR   What a philosophy claims and what it delivers are often two different things. Marxism was supposed to create a heaven on earth but instead created a hell. I think Ayn Rand’s philosophy, Objectivism, would also create a hell on earth.   Rand divided people into two groups: her perfect John Galtian heroes, and everyone else...
The Good, the Bad and the Half-Asleep
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Bob Wallace 2011-06-27 00:00
Column by Bob Wallace.   Exclusive to STR   It was Aristotle who observed there are two kinds of ignorance: when you’re ignorant and know it, and when you’re ignorant and don’t know it. The second kind of ignorance is the dangerous kind, because people who are ignorant and don’t know it usually think they’re smarter and more knowledgeable than everyone else...
No One Believes in Equality
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Bob Wallace 2010-09-09 03:00
By Bob Wallace.   Exclusive to STR   No one believes in equality, no matter what they claim. To be totally equal, people would have to be totally identical, the way two quarters or two nickels are identical. And being identical, they’d be interchangeable.   The closest to total equality and total identicalness in nature are bees and ants, but even they are not...
Lustful Money and Hateful Religion
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Bob Wallace 2009-12-21 17:00
Exclusive to STR The United States is a empire. Some cheer that fact. I'm not one of them, and I consider such people deluded, since all empires fail, and it's going to happen to the United States , too. There are several reasons why all empires fail, but there are two that stand out: the financialization of the economy, and an intolerant "us vs. them" religion. Those two reasons...
It's Not All That Hard
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Bob Wallace 2011-07-06 00:00
Column by Bob Wallace.   Exclusive to STR   “The opposite of war is not peace; it's creation.” ~ Jonathan Larson   Back when I was in college (close to worthless then and even closer now, except for the hard sciences) I realized none of my classes that I was really interested in were logically connected to each other, so that I could come up with an accurate model of...