Random Links XVII

Central American Gang Insurgency:

http://www.foreignaffairs.org/20050501faessay84310/ana-arana/how-the-street-gangs-took-central-america.html

Recall that Latin American stability is not necessarily in our interest.  Rather, our goal WRT Latin America is that it remain unwilling or unable to threaten us.  A Latin America preoccupied with domestic troubles accords with this goal.

Proud Legions:

http://space4commerce.blogspot.com/2006/05/proud-legions-by-tr-fehrenbach.html

Professional warriors vs. citizen-soldiers, explained.

Interfluidity Insights:

I don’t always agree with this guy, but he is quite insightful.

Financial Effects of Petroleum Doomsday:  http://www.interfluidity.com/posts/1142546518.shtml

Buffett’s Import Certificates:  http://www.interfluidity.com/posts/1146514161.shtml

Free Trade & Cash-on-Delivery:  http://www.interfluidity.com/posts/1158666194.shtml

Monetary Mercantilism:  http://www.interfluidity.com/posts/1159223072.shtml

Deficit Spending vs. Monetary Mercantilism:  http://www.interfluidity.com/posts/1167835155.shtml

Immigration vs. Outsourcing:  http://www.interfluidity.com/posts/1180945939.shtml

Financial innovation done right:  http://www.interfluidity.com/posts/1224388192.shtml

Strategic Dangers of Free Trade:

http://www.interfluidity.com/posts/1142184617.shtml

http://interfluidity.powerblogs.com/posts/1142184617.shtml#12

Reviving Respectability:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/main.jhtml?view=DETAILS&grid=A1YourView&xml=/opinion/2008/10/18/do1803.xml

Buckypaper:

http://www.physorg.com/news143462841.html

Maritime Piracy:

http://www.jerrypournelle.com/mail/2008/Q4/mail541.html#pirates2

Civic Responsibility:

http://whatever.scalzi.com/2008/10/14/one-president-at-a-time/

Free Trade & Welfare:

http://www.tnr.com/story_print.html?id=3b1abc81-8d49-4641-b3c1-77f378b7a443

So, free trade exacerbates inequality.  The leftist answer is to couple FT with Welfare.  So, not only do we export our industrial base, but we lard out B&C (and thereby destroy the American work ethic).

Parachutes & Statistics:

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/327/7429/1459?ijkey=425457f110f8db584617b87a1eace92eaa39ff02

It’s shocking to consider how parachutes have remained on the market for generations, even absent controlled tests of their efficacy.

Lincoln & the Lieber Code:

http://www.slate.com/id/2210918/

http://volokh.com/posts/chain_1234760098.shtml

Inter Arma Silent Leges.

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