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The Lesson of Titanic: Stop Building Ships That May One Day Sink

By Brian | May 19, 2006 | Share on Facebook

In the comments thread on this post, Jeff Porten suggests I read the IHT editorial, America the Titanic, to prove to me that American hubris is leading to her ultimate demise.

Allow me to quickly summarize the editorial in bullet point form:

So basically, what we’re saying is this: just as Europe “sank” financially, militarily and socially after World War I, America has come up against various obstacles since that could very well have destroyed her (except that we consistently fail to actually be destroyed). Given this history, it’s amazing that we aren’t predicting our own downfall given our current set of obstacles.

The morale of this story (IMHO): When your theory has no actual supporting evidence, explain why your evidence should support you, even though it doesn’t. Then, triumphantly reach the conclusion you set out for in the first place.

Topics: Political Rantings | 1 Comment »

One Response to “The Lesson of Titanic: Stop Building Ships That May One Day Sink”

  1. Jeff Porten says at May 25th, 2006 at 2:15 pm :
    Talk about picking up different stories from the same briefing….

    I just reread the essay, and I think you’re mischaracterising the argument. That being said, I’d be happy to say that we made it through the Cold War by dumb luck — there were several occasions when we came very close to having missiles in the air. Cf. the Doomsday Clock history for details.

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