Tim Gilley: Traditional culture requires a stable moral foundation. The post-modern society rejects this in favor of situational ethics and moral relativism. Also we think of the strong individual as hunter and survivor. In modern society the concept of the individual is an anachronism as all encroaching government dissuades people to act on their own.
Slovenian Guest: The opposite is an actual game called Desert Bus, where the objective is to drive a bus from Tucson, Arizona to Las Vegas, Nevada in real time at a maximum speed of 45 mph. The feat requires 8 hours of continuous play to complete, since the game cannot be paused. The overly realistic nature of the game was in response to Janet Reno’s comments in support of the moral panic about violent video games at the time. But enough of that, watch the Angry Video Game Nerd review it!
Rob De Witt: I’m thinking some religions may be more “constructive” than others. Episcopalianism, for instance, has rarely been shown to have much of an effect of any kind….Perhaps because the Ten Commandments have essentially been replaced with “Whatever.”
Countryborn: Alex J: It’s an entrenching club. Used to break the crust on thick dirt to be dug, but they were used as weapons, too. Details are in the original article.
Thibodeaux: The photographer is named Thom Atikinson. Seems appropriate.
Alex J.: Is that a mace in the last (WWI) picture?
Toddy Cat: I remember Luttwak put something like this forward back when he wrote “The Grand Strategy of the Roman Empire”. Interesting
Lingu: Highly dependent on the religion. I’m thinking some religions may be more “constructive̶ 1; than others.
Faze: I’ve been saying exactly this for years at dinner parties and getting looks of horror in return. Tyler Cowen has recommended strict religion as a solution to the problems of the ghetto. This is an idea whose time has come.
Toddy Cat: That might work — for now. But there are a lot of good plumbers, electricians, and carpenters south of the border who could make a lot more here. Heck, I can remember college kids working as roofers to make money in the summer — not anymore.