On War, Culture and White Man’s Anger…

The HMS Terror and HMS Erebus locked in ice, looking for the fabled Northwest Passage through the Arctic Circle. We’ll get back to this.

We live in extraordinary times. People have supercomputers in their pockets. They are more likely to die of old age or obesity than war or famine. And, the last time that there was a nationwide draft was in the 1960s for the Vietnam War.

This last point is especially important. Going back for thousands of years, young men have been enlisted to serve their countries. Many have done so out of…