In Umberto Echo's seminal essay 'Ur Fascism,' the author identifies conflict as one of the key characteristics of a fascist movement. "There is no struggle for life but, rather, life is lived for struggle." (See link above, pg 7 para 9) A fascist movement is one that defines itself largely by its enemies, and the … Continue reading 58-A Nation moving forward…
***Quick note beforehand. As I have mentioned in other posts about women in the CAF, I'm coming from the perspective of a straight, middle-aged male, and my writing is going to reflect that. I'm not in any way trying to discount the perspectives of other genders and orientations, I'm just sticking to what I know … Continue reading The ‘Headquarters Harem,’ or why we can’t have nice things.
So there's this joke in the militia about how you determine who's leadership material, but for it to make sense I need to explain a few things first. This might take a moment, but I am going somewhere with this. Identifying potential NCO leadership is a tricky situation in the militia, and a major part … Continue reading Leadership(?)-First one to look
In the novel Uprising, Douglas Bland makes it pretty clear that his fictional CDS, Gen Andrew Bishop, does not respect the Prime Minister Jack Hemp. That in and of itself wouldn't be too strange, if it wasn't for the fact that (apparently) no-one else respects the Prime Minister either. During the meeting in Langevin Block … Continue reading Supplemental Reading – A Soldier First
***Okay, it's been...wow...a long time since my last post, and I'd like to apologize for that. I'm currently on tasking for RST (Reserve Summer Training) here at the 4 Division Training Centre in lovely Meaford and the pace of work here has been...pretty damned intense. I've been a regular fixture at RST for the last … Continue reading 49-Or maybe be better?
I got some mixed feelings about the classic war movies like 'The Longest Day' or 'A Bridge Too Far.' Sometimes they capture the spirit of the age in a way we don't always manage in modern films, but other times they get uncomfortably sentimental or melodramatic (and in the case of wars featuring the Japanese, more … Continue reading Leadership(?) – NTM/NMB/NLT and why timing is everything
So it's been a couple of years since I went back to University to take this course. It was called Indigenous Art, Activism & Resistance and it was pretty far outside my comfort zone, although it was worth it in the long run. Small word of advice for those of you who feel alienated from young … Continue reading Leadership? (Ground Level)