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The March Of Folly: The Ethics Of Self Destruction

Barbara Tuchmann's classic study of nations that pursue self-defeating polices...Vietnam War, the popes, etc.  Policy makers FEEL ETHICALLY VIRTUOUS.   What does that look like and do we have that in spades today?

By this time, we will have continued on our national MARCH OF FOLLY,  People will be elected who will REFUSE TO SOLVE NATIONAL PROBLEMS.

What did that look like in the past and what does it look like today?


Tuchmann's The March Of Folly requires four conditions: 1. policies that are counter productive, 2. everyone knows they are at the time, 3. several administrations insist upon them and 4. easy alternatives are available.

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  • Richard M.

    Interesting, thanks. I guess we get to place our love and loyalty anywhere we want. At different times it was in the pope, the lord of the manor, a walled city, a king, an empire or county. Today its in THE NATION. Obviously that is changing again. Being behind on that revolution will a person feeling betrayed. Many people today worship their corporation, I wish I owned one.

    November 2, 2012

  • Christopher G.

    I heard an interview on National Public Radio today with a professor at the US Navy academy who was saying we should stay in Afghanistan for another ten years. The reporter never asked him what ten more years of American troops would accomplish, considering the previous ten haven’t accomplished much. When I clicked on the NPR website to look at the story an ad for Exxon-Mobil appeared. I guess that answers your question of what's up with that, and why we’re going to keep doing these wars. 41 states had budget shortfalls for 2012 totaling $102.9 billion. This amount could be wiped out entirely by the amount spent on the war in Afghanistan $122 billion in 2011. The war has cost $579 billion since we started it supposedly to get so far Ben Laden and the people who planned 9/11. The war in Iraq cost over $800 billion. Remember this when the politicians tell us we’re so broke we can’t afford teachers and we’re going to have to get rid of Social Security

    October 29, 2012

  • Richard M.

    In The March Of Folly, historian Barbara Tuchman examines nations that knowingly follow policies of self destruction. Those policies are 1. pursued by several administrations, 2. everyone knows their self-destructive, 3. they do it anyway. Not rare in human history, her focus was on Vietnam. Today it is even more clear, both parties agree, they are taking us down. WHAT'S UP WITH THAT?

    October 29, 2012

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