Saturday, February 13, 2010

Comment on the Belmont Club:
"The other kind of IED"


Tocque works. If someone walks into our house to insult us they can disappear. Life should always be so good.

Regarding female violence I am willing to see the reasonableness of recruiting exceptional women into elite units but I am not comfortable with women in general combat arms assignments. The reason is that I think that women once committed to violence are much harder to get back under control. Men have the benefit of thousands of years of culture to rely on in knowing how to behave under stress. All of the traditions, almost all of the team games, most of the stories, and many of the songs have for thousands of years shared the same messages and they were usually explicitly directed at men. What they taught was how to obey orders, how to sublimate your desires to the needs of a team, how to accept a binding commitment to even a hostile other, how to protect an captured enemy, and even how to surrender. All of these are difficult and all of these reduce the loss of life in combat. Women can undoubtedly learn these concepts as intellectual constructs but they do not have the deep inner knowledge that comes from almost 20 years of pervasive cultural training that most men swim in from birth before they enter military service. If anyone has ever seen adolescent girls fight then they understand that the problem is that women once unleashed tend to be much more violent then men are. Women, with apologies to Mrs Miniver, do not take prisoners.
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Regarding the murderous Ms Bishop; perhaps upon further consideration it was not the absolutely best course of action for the tenure committee to reject her after the job talk by using a barbershop quartet karaoke rendition based on “My Way.”

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