Game is the antidote

An addendum to a basic Game maxim: If a man is writing as the token male at a female-oriented publication, his advice regarding male behavior should be considered even less legitimate than female advice.

Game is the antidote to the societal poison that is feminism.

Tsunami stimulus

Jeffrey Tucker points out that it didn’t take long for the Neo-Keynesians to resort to the Broken Window Fallacy:

“It may lead to some temporary increments, ironically, to GDP, as a process of rebuilding takes place. In the wake of the earlier Kobe earthquake, Japan actually gained some economic strength” – Lawrence Summers, president emeritus of Harvard University and former director of the White House National Economic Council.

Based on this logic, the U.S. military should set off a series of nuclear explosions in the Atlantic, the Gulf of Mexico and off the California coast to trigger a series of tidal waves that will trigger instant economic growth all along the coasts. I’m not sure what we could do to help the Upper Midwest, but perhaps our intrepid biologists could do something about breeding a horde of giant rampaging beavers to destroy all the dams and bridges from Michigan to Idaho.

Now, as I explained in RGD, there are certain specific situations where broken windows will lead to economic growth, but earthquakes and tsunamis aren’t among them.

Book review: The Heroes

The Heroes, by Joe Abercrombie
Orbit (560 pages, $24.99, February 2011)

After the lively discussion of two weeks ago regarding the decline and fall of modern fantasy fiction begun by Leo Grin, I find a certain ironic pleasure in being able to unequivocally declare that Joe Abercrombie is, without question, the best writer of fantasy military fiction being published today. Were it not for the fictitious medievalesque setting, The Heroes would barely qualify as fantasy at all, but even so, as pure military fiction, Abercrombie compares favorably with David Drake, Ralph Peters, David Weber, and even Tom Clancy post-Red Storm Rising. I quite enjoyed the book and very much look forward to reading more of Abercrombie’s dark and bloody work in the future.

The Heroes is a stand-alone novel that utilizes many characters from Abercrombie’s popular epic nihilism series, The First Law. It is a small-scale tale of a three-day battle between the Union and the newly crowned King of the North, and is somewhat reminiscent of historical tales of Gettysburg and other epic battles in the way the action tends to revolve around the physical environment, such as the prehistoric monuments on the large hill that provide the novel with its title. The title is more than a little tongue-in-cheek, as it happens, given that the theme of the book, smashed home as ferociously as one of Abercrombie’s anti-hero’s heavy swords hammers into the skull of a defeated enemy, is that there are no heroes and victorious battles and heroic deeds alike go ultimately for naught.

Read the rest of the review of The Heroes at the Black Gate