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Spring 2022

Issue 27

The annotated table of contents below offers a sneak peek at what's in Issue 27.


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Letter

On Duty

By

The protests did not stop the allied war effort in Iraq; those in Russia will not end the invasion of Ukraine. But both mobilizations imply an attitude about the relationship of citizens to the military: namely, that there is one.


 

Essays

False Witnesses

By

Let’s start with a glorious death. Imagine a young, idealistic Englishman leaving for war in December of 1916, telling his mother, “There is a fine […]


The Anxiety of Difficulty

By

Reader, I have a problem: I seem to be stuck on a novel that makes me feel bad about myself. The novel in question is The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann.


Unlucky Children

By

There is no official criterion for being an orphan, but I didn’t know that when I decided I wasn’t one.


 

Symposium

Readiness Is Not All

By

Grammatically, readiness seems to demand a direct object; what exactly are we getting ready for?


The Soldier and the Citizen

By

A week or so after I arrived at West Point, I opened my car door onto a naked corpse.


Any Volunteers?

By

The question of who fights, perhaps the most important one of all in a democracy, elicits only occasional comment.


One Must Imagine Faust Happy

By

Fascination with the relationship between knowledge and power never dies.


Survival Training

By

I’m running on a track built into Commo Hill and I’m trying to concentrate on my breathing.


Forward March

By

The conventional soft-focus Hallmark-card reverence ignores the military’s historical injustices and present-day waste. But the progressive left isn’t right, either.


My Complex—and Ours

By

What I’d really like to do is skip over the statistics-stuffed task of proving that the military-industrial complex is what the military is for.


Military Life

By

We sent around a questionnaire asking veterans to reflect on their time in the military: what it meant to them, how it changed them and what they would want civilians to know about it.


 

Dialogue

What a Coup Is

By
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Edward Luttwak is a military historian, defense consultant and geopolitical grand strategist who has advised world leaders on security and strategy. The author of more […]


The Weight of Service

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Iraq war veteran Shoshana Johnson entered the public eye when her unit was ambushed in Nasiriyah, Iraq, on March 23, 2003.


 

Survey

Military Life

By

We sent around a questionnaire asking veterans to reflect on their time in the military: what it meant to them, how it changed them and what they would want civilians to know about it.


 

Correspondence

The Unifier

By

Some elections are determined by a kingmaker, others are defined by the appearance of a troublemaker. The 2022 presidential election in France falls into the second category.


 

Reviews

Europe: A Philosophical History

By

Why were Europeans so sure of their exemplary humanity? Where are we now, and what might the future look like?


The Somerville Quartet

By

In the late Nineties I was an undergraduate studying philosophy, one of the only women majors in a department filled with young men eager to prove themselves to the professors, the vast majority of whom were also men.