We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
We all seek all of the kinds of basic literacy we can attain: Moral, Religious, Mathematical and Scientific, Historical, Literary, Artistic, Recreational, etc., but it's a never-ending pursuit because life is so full of riches. Most of us join the heavenly choir before the job is done. Either that, or begin to forget what we once knew and need to start at the beginning again.
For example, at lunch I have been trying to figure out how Hannibal fed his 90,000 troops, plus the elephants and horses, during his march from Carthaginian Spain over into what is now called Italy around 218 BC. I learned about it once, but have forgotten. Talk about logistics...
I've been hawking Sowell's Basic Economics for years. It really is an inoculation to and an antidote for virtually all left wing economic policy. The only other person to make economics so easily understandable was Milton Friedman .
As an aside, when I visited the British Museum some years ago, I saw an old Roman set of armor. What amazed me about it was that the person whom it would fit would have been about the size of my then 12 year old son - and he was a stick figure. So the requirements to maintain an army of 90k men would have been significantly less than that required to maintain rations for our army (in the field, between 4 and 6k calories a day for infantry troops, if I recall correctly.)
That said, it still would have been a daunting task indeed for Hannibal as he crossed the Alps, where the opportunity for foraging would have been very limited. As I recall, he lost a significant portion of his army and all but a handful of elephants on that march, and one can't but wonder if a few of the elephants who dropped weren't on the dinner menu.
--another famous winter campaign; the map shows how how the army supplied itself --it split into four columns a day's march between 'em, cavalry on the left, screening the direction of Lee's armies, giving the infantry columns time to fall in toward each other, in the event of approach of flank attack. In the meantime, the army fed itself on the march on a foraging front fifty miles wide.