Thursday, March 20, 2008

"No Substitute for Victory"

I am in awe of the sheer willpower necessary to maintain one's composure and concentration when being verbally attacked by the very same irrationality one is speaking against.

John David Lewis recently posted a blog entry on Principals in Practice, the blog of The Objective Standard regarding his most recent lecture at the Georgia State Technical University. His lecture, 'No Substitute for Victory': The Defeat of Islamic Totalitarianism, is based on an article he wrote in The Objective Standard.

An audio presentation of his No Substitute for Victory lecture given at George Mason University last April can also be found at The Objective Standard.

I cannot recommend the article and the lecture enough. The article is an excellent presentation of why Islamic Totalitarianism is a threat to us all, and the audio presentation is an amazing example of staying focused on the issue when your audience is openly hostile.

If you find it worth your time, you will no doubt find it inspirational.


C. August said...

I agree! All of Lewis' articles in The Objective Standard are amazing, and are among my favorites of everything that has been published in the journal.

The article you mention along with two others about WWII (appeasement of Hitler, and how the US dealt with Japan), as well as the one about Sherman's march through the South make up a brilliant body of work. The three I just noted are apparently going to be a part of a new book Lewis is writing, "Nothing Less than Victory: Military Offense and the Lessons of History" and I can't wait for it to come out.

LB said...

Thanks for the heads up. I look forward to its publication too.