Abstract: The War Between the States should be seen as the first modern war of
centralization and nation building. On the international level it was a paradigm shift in the
way nations would come to view themselves and what was acceptable in both the treatment
of citizens and in the conduct of warfare. Internally it was truly another revolution; the form of
government looked the same after but it was radically different in function. The Constitution
and the rule of law had very different meaning in the aftermath.
Abstract: A professional military must be led by leaders that understand the basis for
morality, that absolute moral truth exists and is knowable, and they must be secured
communally on a foundation that transcends broader cultural trends and relies on more than
either reason or emotion for sustenance. Failure to understand and adhere to such a
morality corporately has historically led to great failures of commission and omission.
Philosophy has proven a poor tool to provision answers to the practical questions of how ...
Abstract: Over time a man, if he is perceptive, comes to certain conclusions. The most
startling is that the greatest truths were spoken to him throughout his life by ordinary men,
simple preachers, old men sitting around drinking soda and eating peanuts, his father.
These men, if beneficiaries of a culture and community that embraces common-sense as a
virtue, know truths that philosophers for centuries have tried in various ways to express.
Common-sense is something all men should know; common-sense informs us of certain ...
Organizations large and small develop cultures. Organizational culture develops from the collective
experience and historical memory of an organization. Organizations change either because
those within the group cause change or because the group succumbs to external pressures.
The Army is no different. We each must ask ourselves what is our particular role in the
organization; what will we change; will we make the organization better or will we simply adapt
to norms and pass our time with the mundane?