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Serious Starvid:

Like most military matters, and especially those considering nuclear warfare and deterrence, the public debate is often needlessly overcomplicated, possible because of the unsavory nature of the weapons and implications involved. People in general often feel uncomfortable with anything approaching the "realist" school of international relations.

frivoulous global village idiot:

often needlessly overcomplicated?  You are writing about the very symbol of the clinical insanity which dwarfs the "achievements" of western civilization.  The fragile topsoil which provides the nutrients which nourish all, including nuclear submarine designers, is at perilous risk.  the oceans are dying, which feed more than half the world.

realist? realism sunk us to the depths we now find ourselves. What's real is the lack of vision, the lack of courage as a people, a nation to stand up and say enough.


In conclusion, any nation with aspirations to Great Power status requires nuclear missile submarines.

that's the best you can do, return us to an insane past?  Great Power is one who leads civilization back on a course of living in harmony with what we've been given, period.

These perhaps visionary views i possess, perhaps necessary, do not come from my own hippie idealism, valuable as that remains.  They are informed from a lifetime of dialogue with my chief mentor in windpower and more, who also happened to be the Chief Designer of the Nautilus class of nuclear submarines, the very first. I wish he was still with us, so he could take you behind the woodshed for some extra-curricular education.

Vision.  This civilization doesn't make it without that as realism.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin

by Crazy Horse on Tue Jul 14th, 2009 at 06:49:32 AM EST
Deterrence?  that's what one puts around the garden to keep the deer and lions out.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin
by Crazy Horse on Tue Jul 14th, 2009 at 06:54:40 AM EST
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often needlessly overcomplicated?  You are writing about the very symbol of the clinical insanity which dwarfs the "achievements" of western civilization.  The fragile topsoil which provides the nutrients which nourish all, including nuclear submarine designers, is at perilous risk.  the oceans are dying, which feed more than half the world.

I didn't create the world and I'm not saying I like it. I just try to live in it.

realist? realism sunk us to the depths we now find ourselves. What's real is the lack of vision, the lack of courage as a people, a nation to stand up and say enough.
"Realism" is a school of international relations. It needs not be the most realistic, ie the one which describes how the world works in the most correct way. Indeed, the scholars of the "liberal" and "constructivist" traditions would think otherwise. These schools in hand might not be the most liberal or constructive; those are just names.

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.
by Starvid on Wed Jul 15th, 2009 at 06:59:54 AM EST
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I think you need to write a diary about international relations.

The peak-to-trough part of the business cycle is an outlier. Carnot would have died laughing.
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Jul 15th, 2009 at 07:01:15 AM EST
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Probably. But any standard textbook by Joseph Nye or anyone would work just as well.

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.
by Starvid on Wed Jul 15th, 2009 at 07:13:10 AM EST
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I didn't create the world and I'm not saying I like it. I just try to live in it.

Oh, you did create it and are creating it. At least people who believe as you do did:

Realism, also known as political realism (not to be confused with Realpolitik), is a school of international relations that prioritizes national interest and security, rather than ideals, social reconstructions, or ethics.

by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Wed Jul 15th, 2009 at 07:13:04 AM EST
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As long as they believe it, it'll work like that. And if one doesn't believe it oneself, ones analysis will prove faulty when they do act like that.

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.
by Starvid on Wed Jul 15th, 2009 at 07:16:55 AM EST
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No. You're confusing how you should act with how you expect others to act.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Wed Jul 15th, 2009 at 07:35:30 AM EST
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