Author Archives: Agrippa

Riding the Escalation Ladder with North Korea Risks Intentional Nuclear War

From before Hanoi we’ve been riding the escalation ladder with North Korea, and it looks like liberals and neoconservatives don’t mind nuclear war too much. Continue reading

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North Korea’s Reassembly Activity at the Sohae Satellite Launch Facility

Post Hanoi news has been dominated by reassembly activity at Sohae. What might it mean for North Korea’s space programme and nuclear talks with the US? Continue reading

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Me!2: On the Collapse of the Hanoi Summit.

When Melos gets the H-bomb Athens should get what it can get. But Athens wants more. That’s the lesson of the Hanoi fizzle. Continue reading

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From Hubris to Nemesis: Aleksandar Vucic and the 1 of 5 Million Protests in Serbia.

The 1 of 5 Million protests in Serbia are symptomatic of a wider social catastrophe in the Balkans brought about by its reincorporation into the third world Continue reading

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Incommensurability: Mostly Harmless

The incommensurability thesis of Thomas Kuhn is mostly harmless and mostly trivial. Think about something else. You’ve only got one life. Continue reading

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Will Fissile Materials Lead to a Fizzle Summit at Hanoi?

Dismantling North Korea’s fissile material production facilities has become the metric to assess the second Kim-Trump summit at Hanoi. That risks a fizzle. Continue reading

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The Quantum Moment, Roads to Reality, Wittgenstein and All That

On the cultural impact of quantum mechanics, physical reality and the completion of quantum mechanics, and the wonderful life of Ludwig Wittgenstein. Continue reading

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Washington Announces Intent to Withdraw from the INF Treaty

Might Russia and the US have tacitly agreed to end the INF Treaty, and is all the action really on ground launched intermediate range missiles in Asia? Continue reading

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Hans Blix Redux: US Wants Full Declaration of North Korea’s Uranium Enrichment Plants for the Second Kim-Trump Summit

John Bolton demanded Iraq provide a declaration of its WMDs but invaded anyway. For the second Kim-Trump summit Bolton calls on North Korea to do the same. Continue reading

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Dissuasion and the Logical Fallacy in Trump’s Missile Defense Review

The 2019 Missile Defense Review is based on a growing missile threat, yet the Review claims missile defence dissuades states from growing their arsenals. Continue reading

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