Tag Archives: heroism

Why do bridges in Star Wars never have railings?

THE FOLLOWING THINK-PIECE IS FULL OF SPOILERS FOR STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS.  YOU REALLY SHOULD HAVE GONE TO SEE IT BY NOW.  READ AT YOUR OWN PERIL.  OR, BETTER YET, JUST TRY WALKING ACROSS A BRIDGE TOWARDS A MAN … Continue reading

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Sentences of Death: Infamous Executions and the Power of Romantic Nationalism

If an execution is done well, it is – barring a “traitor’s death” — supposed to be painless.  If one’s heart and intestines are not being ripped from the body post-genital mutilation but prior to decapitation, then the bullet, axe, … Continue reading

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Is Heroism Dumb?

One hundred-and-ninety-nine years ago last month, a very smart, self-taught, stunningly gorgeous, and strategically savvy man had a very bad idea. There are a few given rules in warfare that should be followed to the letter.  Most of them are … Continue reading

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