“It was the course of events which first compelled us to increase our power to its present extent: fear of Persia was our chief motive, though afterwards we thought, too, of our own honor and our own interest.’’ – Thucydides
“Like lawyers in civil cases, nations usually settle security disputes out of court to avoid the costs and unpredictability of litigation. But always in the background is the ultima ratio regum: war. Thus the risks and requirements of war—preventing it, preparing for it, ensuring readiness to win if it proves unavoidable—while far from the only concerns of national security, are always the foremost concerns.” – Richard K. Betts
“In this high-tech age of firewire and microchip, we still keep the four-five clip filled with the spiral tip.” – The RZA
From ancient Greece to the Wu-Tang Clan, a consistent body of political thought suggests a triad of the rational (national interest) and the irrational (fear and honor) motivates human conflict. Despite, revolutions in political and military affairs, the future of human conflict will be dominated by these powerful forces–and history will be made by the great men and women who fight to tame them.
Fear, Honor, and Interest is a group blog and blog aggregator focused on strategy, power, and destiny. Despite our old-school title, we are not all “realists” or even interested in international relations to begin with. Our interests are eclectic–we care about both state-centric grand strategy and police counter-cartel tactics. We reference late-90s mafioso rap and giant robot anime as well as Clausewitz and Jomini. Our contributors range from the graduate students in political science and defense contractors to former commanders of Bedouin reconnaissance platoons and police lieutenants. We have no common political orientation, but share a devotion to the study of strategy, operations, tactics, and running up large tabs at the Barnes and Noble military history section.
- Aaron Hugh Ellis
- Adam Elkus
- Alex Olesker
- Dan Trombly
- Fred Leland
- H. Lucien Gauthier III
- Joseph Fouche
- Robert Caruso
- Jonathan Turner
- Lazer Berman
Email us at fear[dot]honor[dot]interest[at]gmail.com