This will be my last post for the Scholar's Stage.
Or at least, the last post for quite some time.
I started this blog more than three years ago. At the time it had a paltry readership, limited to a few close friends I badgered into reading my material. At the present time the Stage receives thousands of hits every month from readers across the world. I believe that the growing readership of the Stage reflects the increasing quality of the posts written for it. My earliest posts were such embarrassing attempts at political analysis that I later removed from the Internet entirely. Nothing so woeful can be said of the Stage's more recent posts; I am confidant that the best of these rank with the finest material I have ever written. There is litle question that creating and maintaining this blog has improved my ability to analyze and write about the course of world affairs beyond measure. While the number of hits this website receives suggests that others have found value in what is posted here, the main beneficiary of the Scholar's Stage has been its primary author.
Believing the biography of a pundit less important then the strength of his arguments, I have divulged details of my own life sparingly. Despite this, attentive readers will be able to put together a fuzzy profile from the sparse pickings I have provided them, including my membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Like many Mormons of my station, confidant in their testimony of the Lord Jesus Christ and his Church, I have decided to serve as a missionary. Those unfamiliar with Mormon missions should understand that it is a very ascetic experience. For the two years in which I will be serving, I will have little to no access to newspapers, secular books, computers, or the internet. Were these things allowed I would have no time to pursue them
Thus it is with a glad heart that I say farewell to the blogosphere. Running the Stage has been a fruitful experience and I am thankful to all that have helped make it happen. A special thanks must be given to John Kranz of ThreeSources, "Joseph Fouche" of the Committee of Public Safety, Nick Nielson of Grand Strategy: The View From Oregon, "LFC" of Howl at Pluto, Antoly Karlin of Sublime Oblivion, Wil Robinson of International Political Will, and commentator "YT" for taking a special interest in what I have written here, penning many thoughtful critiques of my ideas and providing the inspiration for many of my best posts with their comments here at the Stage, on their own websites, or through private correspondence.
I also thank "Fabius Maximus", Mark Safranski, and the bloggers of ChicagoBoyz. The Scholar's Stage gained many, if not most, of its readers because these bloggers saw fit to repeatedly highlight my work. For this I am most grateful.
For the convenience of those who may find my material useful for the development of their future writings, a short compendium of the Stage's most notable posts is provided below:
The American Crisis
America's Greatest Challenge -- and Danger
Death of a Nation
We Laugh Because It Is True - Perhaps We Should Be Crying Too
Connecting the Dots: Social Mobility and Family Structure
A Few Brief Thoughts on the Senate
Health Care: America's Sickness, or Her Symptom?
Made by Washington: Ignorance and Hackery
Cases in Plutarchy? The U.S. Senate by Graduating Class.
Straight Talk of the TSA, Paragon of the Creeping Security State
Dreaming Grand Strategy
Addendum to Dreaming Grand Strategy
A New Definition of Grand Strategy (Again)
Manifest Destiny: A Case Study in National Purpose
Notes on the Dynamics of Human Civilization: The Growth Revolution, Part I
Musings -- How We Ought to Think About History
The Chinese Strategic Tradition: A Syllabus
Musings -- on the Cognitive Consequences of Historical Metaphors
Through the Agency of Demons: A Small Sketch of Western Thought
Naxalism: A Short Introduction to India's Scariest Security Threat
Update here: Roots of the Naxal Insurgency
Stealth Wars and the American Republic
America Quibbles as Mexico Crumbles
Meet our New Ambassadors (And Foreign Policy Priorities)
Three Headlines and a Moral
The Many Sided Turk
Update here: Turkey as Seen on September 12th
Copenhagen: A Failure of American Statecraft
Can Modern America Wage a Counterinsurgency Campaign?
The Missile Shield: Why We Planned It, Why We Scrapped It, and Why it Matters
Pick Your Metaphor With Care
Peak Oil and EROI: Understanding a Concept
Death by Climate
Foxes, Hedgehogs and Forecasting
Tyranny, Towards a Definition
Addendum on Tyranny