Saturday, December 31, 2011

Nervi Belli

Welcome to Nervi Belli! My name is Peter Bacon, and I am writing this first post to introduce you to the world of Peter Bacon and his first foray into the blogosphere. As a way of introduction, if you do not know me, I am a 22-year old who just graduated from Harvard. I am starting this blog as a way to jumpstart my writing after a long period of dormancy I like to call "college." I also live and work in the DC area, where I have the privilege to work alongside the incredible scholars of the Center for a New American Security.

Now, for a few FAQ for the blog:

1. What is "Nervi Belli Pecunia Infinita?"
"Nervi Belli Pecunia Infinita" is a quote from Cicero: "Unlimited Money is the sinews of war." I chose this quote to sum up what I want to cover in this blog: the nexus between cash, war, society, and just about everything in foreign policy today. Also, it sounds pretty cool.

2. Why this blog?
I want to try writing extensively. Also, the last time I wrote like this, I was using a Xanga back in high school. Also, I am trying to keep up this blog as a New Years Resolution to myself (hence, the publication date of December 31, with about 10,000 other blog posts). Also, the most interesting people I knew in college tended to blog a lot, so I am hoping to at least try to become interesting.

3. What is this blog about?
Whatever strikes my fancy, which for the most part will be foreign policy, war, popular culture, religion, or perhaps reflections on myself. Again, anything and everything, but mostly war.

4. Does your blog have any slant?
No, though I consider myself an ex-Republican and a Democratically-minded independent. I also do not like to label myself in terms of foreign policy: I do not have a foreign policy "school," primarily because I hate IR theory.

5. How often do you plan to blog?
Probably once every three days, God-willing. It shall vary, I know that.

6. What's the picture?
Blackadder and Baldrick from Blackadder Goes Forth, the 4th Series of the Blackadder programs. It's a brilliant take on WWI.

If you have any other questions, feel free to comment or send me an email at