Tuesday, February 26, 2013

2012 in Review: Notable Posts

My most widely read post of 2012 was my review of C. Wright Mills' sociological study White Collar. Also getting a lot of interest was my review of Chris Hedges' Death of the Liberal Class, and my discussion of Ivan Bloch's Is War Now Impossible?

Also popular were my two posts on the prospect of a sixth-generation fighter aircraft, one of which discussed the role that directed-energy weaponry might play in their development, and the other, a comparison of the development of fighter aircraft in recent decades with the projections of novelist Craig Thomas in his classic technothriller Firefox; and my consideration of our so far lackluster progress toward a post-fossil fuel energy base, "Toward a Post-Fossil Fuel Era: A Note."

Listed below are links to my more noteworthy posts during the year, organized by topic:

Sixth Generation Fighters
Toward A Sixth-Generation Fighter: Directed-Energy Weapons
6/11/12
A Sixth Generation Fighter: Reading Firefox
4/6/12

Energy
Toward a Post-Fossil Fuel Era: A Note
10/12/12
Canada's Tar Sands: A Closer Look
6/19/12

The Debate on American "Decline"
After Empire
3/23/12
The Myth of Decline?
3/11/12

Round-Ups of 2011
2011 Round-Up, Part II: The Year's Biggest Security Stories
1/27/12
2011 Round-Up, Part I: The Best of this Blog
1/4/12

Book Reviews
Review: The Politics of Rich and Poor, by Kevin Phillips
12/1/12
New Review: Gangs, Pseudo-Militaries and Other Modern Mercenaries, by Max G. Manwaring
11/7/12
Review: Twenty-Three Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism, by Ha-Joon Chang
6/4/12
Review: White Collar: The American Middle Classes, by C. Wright Mills
3/30/12
Review: Pity the Billionaire, by Thomas Frank
3/3/12
Review: Death of the Liberal Class, by Chris Hedges
2/4/12

I also reviewed John Kenneth Galbraith's famous trilogy, The Affluent Society, The New Industrial State and Economics and the Public Purpose:

Review: Economics and the Public Purpose, by John Kenneth Galbraith
11/26/12
Review: The New Industrial State, by John Kenneth Galbraith
10/16/12
Review: The Affluent Society, by John Kenneth Galbraith
10/16/12

There were also discussions of three other books:

Revisiting The Politics of Rich and Poor
12/3/12
The Culture of Contentment and the Election of 2012
11/7/12
Was War Impossible? Remembering Ivan Bloch
6/21/12

Other Posts
A New Cold War?
12/1/12 In Defense of Futurology
10/28/12
A Scarcity of "New Thinking"
10/27/12
On the European Union's Nobel Peace Prize
10/21/12

Published elsewhere, but mentioned here: my March 2012 Space Review article "Why We Fall For the Hype: Contextualizing Our Thought on Space Warfare"; and my review of Max G. Manwaring's "Gangs, Pseudo-Militaries and Other Modern Mercenaries" for the October 2012 Joint Force Quarterly.

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