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Bernard P. Kiernan


War and Zero-Sum Games

One of the most deeply ingrained prejudices in America's perception of the world is the belief that war and international conflict in general can best be defined, and are most clearly understood, in the image of a game; specifically, in the image o [...]

The Myth of Peace Through Strength

The sweeping conservative victory in last November's elections marks a reaffirmation of the politics of strength in America, of hawkish toughness, of faith in the efficacy of military power to "defend" us and guarantee our security; a reassertion [...]

The Conservative Illusion

The slogan which, more than any other, sums up the appeal of the Reagan administration is its outcry against "big government." Its constant contention is that government has become too cumbersome, too intrusive, imposing too many regulations; that [...]