The Art of Tetman Callis

Some of the stories and poems may be inappropriate for persons under 16

The Art of Tetman Callis header image 4

Entries Tagged as 'The Forever War'

March 17th, 2021 · No Comments

“Generally speaking—this isn’t always true, but generally—your worst volunteer is better than your best conscript.” – Justin King, Beau of the Fifth Column, January 6, 2020 Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

[Read more →]

Tags: The American Constitution · The Forever War

September 24th, 2019 · No Comments

“The contempt we have been taught to entertain for the blacks, makes us fancy many things that are founded neither in reason nor experience . . . the dictates of humanity and true policy equally interest me in favour of this unfortunate class of men.” – Alexander Hamilton to John Jay, March 14th, 1779 (from […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Alexander Hamilton · American Civil War · Economics · Politics & Law · The American Constitution · The Forever War

September 23rd, 2019 · No Comments

“It is a maxim with some great military judges, that with sensible officers soldiers can hardly be too stupid; and on this principle it is thought that the Russians would make the best troops in the world, if they were under other officers than their own. . . . I frequently hear it objected to […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Alexander Hamilton · Politics & Law · The American Constitution · The Forever War

September 21st, 2019 · No Comments

“The Negro’s and Negro Women are unhumanly treated, are two-thirds naked, and are very disgusting to the Eye and another Sense, Tho I begin to be more habituated to the Sight, yet I cannot be to the great Cruelty made Use of to the poor ignorant Wretches. Indeed the Title of the Overseer is a […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Economics · Politics & Law · The American Constitution · The Forever War

What is it good for

August 11th, 2019 · No Comments

“A war doesn’t merely kill off a few thousand or a few hundred thousand young men. It kills off something in a people that can never be brought back. And if a people goes through enough wars, pretty soon all that’s left is the brute, the creature that we—you and I and others like us—have […]

[Read more →]

Tags: John Williams · Lit & Crit · The American Constitution · The Forever War

When the war was young

June 15th, 2019 · No Comments

“I am Sick—discontented—and out of humour. Poor food—hard lodging—Cold Weather—fatigue—Nasty Cloaths—nasty Cookery—Vomit half my time—smoak’d out of my senses—the Devil’s in’t—I can’t Endure it—Why are we sent here to starve and Freeze—What sweet Felicities have I left at home; A charming Wife—pretty Children—Good Beds—good food—good Cookery—all agreeable—all harmonious. Here all Confusion—smoke & Cold—hunger & filthyness—A […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Politics & Law · The American Constitution · The Forever War

Unless we’re dead

May 27th, 2019 · No Comments

“Our towns are but brick and stone, and mortar and wood. They, perhaps, may be destroyed. They are only the hairs of our heads. If sheared ever so close, they will grow again.” – John Dickinson letter to Arthur Lee, April 29, 1775 Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

[Read more →]

Tags: Economics · The American Constitution · The Forever War

We have met the enemy, and they are us

December 26th, 2018 · No Comments

“Imperial war has neither a beginning nor an end, it is a permanent process of pacification. The essential aspects of its methods and principle have been known for fifty years. They were developed in the wars of decolonization during which the oppressive state apparatus underwent a decisive change. From then on the enemy was no […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Politics & Law · The Forever War · Tiqqun

What is it good for

October 31st, 2018 · No Comments

“What is primitive society? It is a multiplicity of undivided communities which all obey the same centrifugal logic. What institution at once expresses and guarantees the permanence of this logic? It is war, as the truth of relations between communities, as the principal sociological means of promoting the centrifugal force of dispersion against the centripetal […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Politics & Law · The Forever War · Tolstoy

The last thing it wants to do is win

October 8th, 2018 · No Comments

“The continuity of the modern State—from absolutism to the Welfare State—shall be that of an endlessly unfinished war, waged against civil war.” Tiqqun, Introduction to Civil War (emphasis in original) Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

[Read more →]

Tags: Economics · Politics & Law · The Forever War · Tiqqun

Gone with the wind

September 15th, 2018 · No Comments

”War’s not just only war; it’s years out of people’s lives that they’ve never had before and won’t have again.” – Elizabeth Bowen, “Mysterious Kôr” Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

[Read more →]

Tags: Politics & Law · The Forever War

The ghosts that haunt us still

August 11th, 2018 · No Comments

“Colonial policy had always been to exclude Negroes from militia service, but more often than not a need for soldiers had dictated a contrary practice. Many blacks had fought in the French and Indian War. As the dispute with Parliament neared breaking point, Negroes volunteered for the New England militia. All were accepted. . . […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Politics & Law · The American Constitution · The Forever War

They’ll be back

April 24th, 2018 · No Comments

“The campaigns of the Mongol armies were the last and the most destructive in the long lines of nomad invasions from the steppes. In just over fifty years they conquered half the known world and it was only their adherence to tribal traditions and the rivalry of their princes that denied them the rest of […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Politics & Law · The Forever War

The necessary qualities

April 21st, 2018 · No Comments

“There is no man alive who is braver than Yessutai, no march can tire him and he feels neither hunger nor thirst; that is why he is unfit to command.” – Chingis Khan (quoted by James Chambers in The Devil’s Horsemen Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

[Read more →]

Tags: Politics & Law · The Forever War

The balance and the point of it

September 3rd, 2017 · No Comments

“Every good quality has its bad side, and nothing good can come into the world without at once producing a corresponding evil. This painful fact renders illusory the feeling of elation that so often goes with consciousness of the present—the feeling that we are the culmination of the whole history of mankind, the fulfilment and […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Carl Gustav Jung · Lit & Crit · Politics & Law · The Forever War · The Great War · The Second World War

There doesn’t seem to be a shadow

July 12th, 2017 · No Comments

“The summer would be celebrated by people of every nation in the city. People marauding after work, discontented. Thugs surfing on the sides of cars, flagging. Going into the garbage cans and throwing bottles in the street. Immigrants working, forever working, watching people go by who have days off, time off, while they don’t. Trying […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Atticus Lish · Economics · Lit & Crit · Politics & Law · The Forever War

Either way, it just goes on

July 11th, 2017 · No Comments

“He saw the sand going on and on across the continent. The broken palm trees and mud buildings and corrugated steel lean-tos and dead trucks and the domes and spires of the mosques. He could hear the loudspeakers wired by a man who weighed twenty pounds less and looked twenty years older and who was […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Atticus Lish · Lit & Crit · The Forever War

Score’s thirty-love, love

July 10th, 2017 · No Comments

“You can love the game, but the game loves no one.” – Atticus Lish, Preparation for the Next Life Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

[Read more →]

Tags: Atticus Lish · Economics · Lit & Crit · Politics & Law · The Forever War · Verandah

State of grace

July 9th, 2017 · No Comments

“Don’t talk about it, be about it.” – Atticus Lish, Preparation for the Next Life Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

[Read more →]

Tags: Atticus Lish · Lit & Crit · The Forever War

It’s over here

July 8th, 2017 · No Comments

“There’s always been a story that wasn’t written, and it almost always should have been.” – Seymour M. Hersh, Chain of Command Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

[Read more →]

Tags: Lit & Crit · Politics & Law · The Forever War

It already passed

July 6th, 2017 · No Comments

“There are times when most cards you are dealt come up aces, when forces you cannot control—or even influence—combine to push you forward. Such a moment does not often last long.” – Michael Scheuer, Imperial Hubris Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

[Read more →]

Tags: Politics & Law · The Forever War · Verandah

We have met the enemy and it is us

July 5th, 2017 · No Comments

“Terror is the most dreaded weapon in the modern age and the Western media is mercilessly using it against their own people. It can add fear and helplessness to the psyche of the people of Europe and the United States. It means what the enemies of the United States cannot do, its media is doing […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Politics & Law · The Forever War

What it’s about

July 4th, 2017 · No Comments

“I’ll tell you what war is about. You have got to kill people, and when you have killed enough of them they stop fighting.” – General Curtis LeMay (quoted by Michael Scheuer in Imperial Hubris) Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

[Read more →]

Tags: Politics & Law · The Forever War

Paranoia strikes deep

July 3rd, 2017 · No Comments

“A small Christian subculture in the United States strongly believes in the notion of cosmic war. Believers are splintered into a number of small groups, the largest of which is the Christian Identity movement. According to Christian Identity ideology, the British are descended from ‘Aryan’ northern Israelite tribes who migrated to the British Isles in […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Daniel Benjamin and Steven Simon · Politics & Law · The Forever War

And the walls came down

July 2nd, 2017 · No Comments

“The scriptural emphasis on warfare has armed successive generations with powerful mental images of an embattled world. The community of the faithful is perpetually in crisis or at its edge. When a religious group believes that its identity is fundamentally threatened, it may turn to stories of apocalypse that describe the end of earthly history. […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Daniel Benjamin and Steven Simon · Politics & Law · The Forever War

Yer gonna help us out, see?

July 1st, 2017 · No Comments

“CIA officers prevailed upon an Austrian woman, Martha Schneider, a onetime resident of River Edge, New Jersey, to help them with safe houses. Schneider signed leases on apartments in Vienna and Salzberg that the CIA used in its activities from early 1969 through 1973. The agency apparently left her with broken leases and unpaid rent, […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Economics · Politics & Law · The Forever War

Another dismal political reality

June 30th, 2017 · No Comments

“Religious violence is typically different from any other kind of warfare—for the simple reason that for a true believer, there is no compromise about the sacred. Or, to put it in a more monotheistic key: one God, one truth. Tolerance is not an intrinsic part of any of the monotheistic religions. For some believers, the […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Daniel Benjamin and Steven Simon · Politics & Law · The Forever War

But the rich have gotten richer, that’s a start

June 29th, 2017 · No Comments

“Despite some success, the industrialized world has done relatively little to alleviate poverty, not just in the Arab and Muslim world, but globally. Indifference is not the full reason. In absolute terms, significant sums are given over to poverty reduction by contributors to multilateral development banks and by bilateral donors. The ineffectuality of aid programs […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Daniel Benjamin and Steven Simon · Economics · Politics & Law · The Forever War

File under ‘R’

June 28th, 2017 · No Comments

“Reorganization is the classic technique to avoid problems that are too complex or deeply rooted to solve.” – Daniel Benjamin and Steven Simon, The Age of Sacred Terror Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

[Read more →]

Tags: Daniel Benjamin and Steven Simon · The Forever War · Verandah

Decline and fall

June 27th, 2017 · No Comments

“History, scholars say, is written in three stages: heroic, with the narratives of great individuals and their feats; revisionist, which turns those accounts on their head; and tragic, where we see how events conspired to bring about an end beyond the reckoning of most actors of the time.” – Daniel Benjamin and Steven Simon, The […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Daniel Benjamin and Steven Simon · Economics · Lit & Crit · Politics & Law · The Forever War