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  1. Read: Most all human knowledge, experience, and imagination have been encoded into words on paper. Don’t let that incredible value go to waste.
  2. Learn history and science: History tells us where we’ve been, science tells us where we could go. …

Or not?

The Freedom House research institute has noted a continuous global democratic decline over the past decade and a half; free countries have been losing ground to not free countries. …

On the topics of adult vs juvenile justice and prison education

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To come to any conclusions about how criminal punishment should work, what punishment is for must first be understood.

In an effort to find a good answer to that question I will examine two philosophical theories of punishment, Retribution theory, and Moral Education theory, and argue that the former is…

What Caused the War of the Sixth Coalition

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In this essay, I will examine the extent to which the War of the Sixth Coalition can be explained by the Security Dilemma, a theory of how and why wars begin stemming from the broader Realist theory of international relations. …

Thucydides Trap vs Bipolar Stability

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Thucydides and Kenneth Waltz have different theories about great power competition. Thucydides’ perspective, for starters, comes from his analysis of the Peloponnesian War, a conflict between Sparta and Athens that he judged to have resulted from the tendency of a rising power, Athens, to threaten a standing power, Sparta. This…

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On the future

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Throughout American history, there have been two general foreign policy eras: From the founding of the country until WWI the US primarily pursued isolationism and unilateralism, then there was a transition period until WWII, and since then the US has tended more towards globalism and multilateralism. This categorization is certainly…

Part 1

On the rise of liberal idealism

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While the historical consensus may be that President Woodrow Wilson’s foreign policy after the end of the First World War was a failure and that President Harry Truman’s foreign policy after the end of the Second World War was a success, and while I don’t disagree with that broad assessment…

The dilemma of nuclear strategy


There are two primary perspectives on nuclear strategy, Mutually Assured Destruction Theory and Nuclear Utilization Theories (MAD and NUTS). …

A Petition to the People, by the People, for the People of the United States

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers…

An Open Letter

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Imagine, if you can, a world where the Right controls most of the major cultural institutions of the country. Think Hollywood, the news, social media, education, sports, etc. Maybe you already think they do and think they should control them less. In such a case, try imagining your side wins…

Tyler Piteo-Tarpy

Essayist, poet, screenwriter, and comer upper of weird ideas. My main focus will be on politics and philosophy but when I get bored, I’ll write something else.

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