Our time is characterized by the West’s love for war. The great empires in history were also characterized by conquest of the weak and revenues from the conquered, yet he who holds the moral high ground tends to win in the long run. So states the Chinese man of wisdom, the military genius Sun Tzu, writes historian Hanne Herland in ... Read More »
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Read my Foreign Policy Journal article: Could Muammar Gaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam Solve the Libya Crisis?
Foreign Policy Journal: Libya remains a dysfunctional state largely due to failed American policy. The 2011 Obama/Clinton support to Al Qaida affiliated groups in order to oust Muammar Gaddafi heavily backfired, with ISIS now profiting from the massive wave of immigration, which also destabilizes Europe. Article republished October 21st, 2017. First published February, 2017 in Foreign Policy Journal. President Trump has ... Read More »
Robert McNamara eloquently warned in the documentary The fog of war against the US tendency to take part in civil wars by supporting one of the conflicting parties. He said that one is deemed to loose if this is the strategy. McNamara further stated that this was America’s biggest mistake in Vietnam, and the reason why the US lost the war. This ... Read More »
One can argue that in Europe we have succeeded to some degree in erasing the historical class differences that characterized pre-industrial eras, thereby providing citizens with equal political and social rights. We also performed a process of institutionalization characterized by a strong state and continual political, economic and social reforms for the betterment of society. Market capitalism´s basic belief in ... Read More »
The rise of totalitarianism in democratic states has worried Europe’s intellectuals for some time. The original fervent faith in the ability of modernity to overcome evil was significantly setback and reduced in the aftermath of the Second World War. (Photo: NRK) Left thinkers such as Herbert Marcuse, Theodor W. Adorno, Max Horkheimer and Michel Foucault all attempted to use critical ... Read More »
Vigilance against attitudes that infringe on freedom is always important. Such attitudes move society in the direction of a tyranny of opinion. (Photo: Steffen Aaland) I will begin by reflecting briefly over the definition of a totalitarian society, so that we can determine if the retiring professor of Church History, Bernt Oftestad, is correct in his conclusion. Oftestad believes that ... Read More »