van Creveld

Thursday, March 24, 2005
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A very interesting piece in the Boston Review from one of the most reknowned war historians in the world. I had the pleasure of spending a lot of time with Mr. van Creveld at the Austrian Scholars Conference in Auburn last week. Though encompassing the usual academic ego (in a good sense) of a highly-successful megastar, he’s refreshingly honest about his inability to firmly solve the free-or-not-free enigma within the post-9/11 US. On one hand, he points out that we have the most economic and political freedom of any nation, in a macro sense, and on the other hand, he sees a most despotic, fascist, oppressive police state that corrupts and destroys individual lives at will. His next book, due out in two years, attempts to solve that riddle. I asked him if, in the end, he had solved it as he had hoped. He replied, “I don’t think I have, or will.”

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