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Chris Dierkes

Chris Dierkes (aka CJ Smith). 29 years old, happily married, adroit purveyor and voracious student of all kinds of information, theories, methods of inquiry, and forms of practice. Studying to be a priest in the Anglican Church in Canada. Main interests: military theory, diplomacy, foreign affairs, medieval history, religion & politics (esp. Islam and Christianity), and political grand bargains of all shapes and sizes.

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  1. Avatar mike farmer says:

    The whole point of a new world order should be movement away from nation-state, militaristic foreign policy and unification of liberal (in its true meaning) principles of peace, free-trade, co-operation, community, competition, culture sharing, innovation, compassion, diversity and liberty — yet, there are still those in the world who wish to dominate and establish totalitarian control. The grand struggle continues between domination and freedom, and the challenge is to establish a strong resistance towards those who wish to dominate while setting an example of freedom. In many we ways, we, America, are no longer moving in the direction of being that example. I think America, if we could return to our roots in liberty, would appreciate being just one among many examples, though.Report

  2. Avatar peter says:

    “no more big wars.” I wouldn’t be so sure. I think the best we can say is “no big wars at the moment.” If international commerce were enough to keep us from war, WWII would have been tough to start.Report

    • Avatar North in reply to peter says:

      Ah, but Peter, part of the cause of the great depression was the Smoot-whasisname Harley? Protectionist movement that ignited trade wars and contributed to the depression so in a way WWII can trace it’s roots back to diminished trade (among of course plenty of other causes).Report

      • Avatar Matthew Schmitz in reply to North says:

        Oddly enough, I used to know a great grand-daughter of Reed Smoot (Willis Hawley was the bill’s co-sponsor). What a family legacy.Report

    • Avatar Chris Dierkes in reply to peter says:


      there’s also nukes. those weren’t around prior to wwii. so I would say market interconnection + Mutually Assured Destruction= (Essentially) No Chance of Big Wars.

      That essentially is there to admit that nothing is ever certain, but all indicators point to the opposite.Report

  3. Avatar Matthew Schmitz says:

    I think you’re right, Br. Chris, to make the point (which was totally absent from my post) that Obama has given the hawks an awful lot to be happy about. Considering the direness of their predictions, he’s done a remarkable amount to please him. I used to argue that a President Obama would be more hawkish than a President McCain. This was a bit hyperbolic, but it does remind us how little room there really is to his right.

    I still don’t have a good sense of just what Obama’s trying to accomplish, though. He’s fostering co-operation, sure, but to what end? Part of my confusion is no doubt a result of Hillary Clinton’s ineptitude, on display most recently in this farcical dustup over the Falkland Islands.Report

    • Avatar Chris Dierkes in reply to Matthew Schmitz says:

      My general sense is Obama is trying to A)keep Iraq out of the headlines and transition out B)try to find some extrication from Afghanistan while being able to call it “victory” (of a sort), and C) (much farther out), attempt to form more global alliances against perceived common threats.

      The problem being there’s no real consensus on what the common threats (if any) are.Report