What’s Going On in Ukraine? (Again): An Explainer

Anyone else having a case of déjà vu? In the early fall of 2021, reports emerged of a buildup of Russian military forces along the shared border between Russia and Ukraine – who have locked in a low-level conflict since Russia invaded Ukraine in 2014 after a popular revolution overthrew its pro-Russian government. Now, onceContinue reading “What’s Going On in Ukraine? (Again): An Explainer”

“What Should It Look Like?” Part II: The Army

Prepare yourselves, people. I’m about to get very nerdily self-indulgent. That’s because this is the second entry in my “What Should it Look Like?” series where I, a self-professed democratic socialist defense analyst, put my mind to pondering how the U.S. military should look under a more just and equitable system (and also maybe toContinue reading ““What Should It Look Like?” Part II: The Army”

“What Should It Look Like?” Part I: The Big Picture

Everyone has their weird little hyper fixations or odd things that are soothing or enjoyable to think about but that make other people arch and eyebrow. For me, a big one of those is thinking about military structures and organization. That’s been the case for me thinking about things both in real life in regardContinue reading ““What Should It Look Like?” Part I: The Big Picture”

The Issue of “Negative American Exceptionalism”

I like to think I’ve been pretty consistent in drilling down my core beliefs in these essays since I started posting them almost a year ago. One of those central points I return to often is that war – while terrible – is sometimes unavoidable or even necessary. While I think I’ve had some modestContinue reading “The Issue of “Negative American Exceptionalism””

Some Musings on Avoiding Empire

When I first started writing these essays, the earliest topics that I covered – and the ones that I keep returning to consistently throughout the overall thread of my work – is that a.) war isn’t going anywhere, and b.) it’s something that we need to understand and be prepared for on the left, evenContinue reading “Some Musings on Avoiding Empire”

In Search of “The Good War”

War is bad. That should be a pretty non-controversial statement (depending on who you are, that is), I’d like to think. However, if you’ve stuck around this long in reading through my various ramblings, you should know by  now that I believe war is a constant factor that isn’t going away, and something a leftistContinue reading “In Search of “The Good War””