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China’s “social risk assessment”

Thomas Barnett has been arguing that the world has entered a progressive era; a global shift to the left. I think he is absolutely right. We are watching the rise of a global middle class – a first in human history. As these formerly poor people rise in socioeconomic status they are going to demand … Continue reading

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Munk Debates: Be it resolved the world cannot tolerate an Iran with nuclear weapons capability.

The Munk Debates series live-streamed a debate tonight discussing Iran’s nuclear weapons capability. I sided with the con side before and after the debate. The following is a brief overview and my reaction immediately following: The con side argued that the obvious analogy is America versus the Soviet Union; deterrence and containment will still be effective in … Continue reading

Benghazi Is Not A Conspiracy/Cover-Up/Whatever. Period.

Think about this for a moment: what did the Obama Administration have to gain from covering up the nature of  the attack on our consulate in Benghazi? The answer: Nothing. Historically the people rally around a president after a terrorist attack. This is why the Republican obsession with Benghazi is an obvious, shameful and hypocritical political maneuver. … Continue reading

America’s Broken Generalship

Thomas Ricks on the failure of the American military’s command structure to promote success and punish failure. Nor did the relationship between an officer’s battlefield performance and his or her subsequent promotions grow any stronger. As an American civilian official then based in Afghanistan put it in 2007, “The guys who did well didn’t get … Continue reading

Hispanic Voters Not ‘Tea Partiers with Visa Problems’

Interesting piece from Peter Beinart at The Daily Beast For one thing, Hispanics aren’t all that conservative on cultural issues. According to the Pew Research Center, half of Hispanics now favor gay marriage compared with one third who oppose it. Hispanic Catholics are about as pro-gay marriage as white, non-Hispanic Catholics, and Hispanic evangelicals are less … Continue reading

Serrata & Income Inequality

The Self-Destruction of the 1 Percent Interesting piece by Chrystia Freeland about income inequality and the retardation of social mobility and the effects of these forces on the economy. Also mentions a book I want to read soon, Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty. Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson conclusively show … Continue reading

Chi mikhad beshe? – What is Going to Happen?

“A theocracy whose ideology is premised on sacrifice and martyrdom can only survive as long as its leaders can capitalize on the death of the Iranian people.” The stiff economic sanctions currently strangling the Iranian economy are certainly causing change. But is it the kind of change we want? The rial is tanking and average Iranians are watching the value … Continue reading

Bowling Alone: Why Mitt Romney Won’t Win

Mitt Romney and conservatives see more acutely than do liberals the decline of participation in civil society. Their claim that government assistance and welfare can be cut and offset by the efforts of civil society rings hollow to many Americans because they no longer do, or perhaps never did, have much faith in the strength … Continue reading

Thomas P.M. Barnett on what Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s political survival may indicate (and Mr. Barnett is often right and always forward thinking) with regard to the future of defense spending. “The recession has finally reached Washington, and it ain’t leaving anytime soon.” “…Africa Command — AFRICOM — is the future: tiny facilities networked across … Continue reading

Capitalism Hits the Fan Film Screening and Q&A with Professor Richard Wolff | The New School

My first exposure to Dr. Wolff’s thinking. I agree immensely with pretty much everything I’ve heard so far and I advise others to look into it. More of Dr. Wolff and his colleagues can be found here.

"The essence of the independent mind lies not in what it thinks, but in how it thinks." - Christopher Hitchens

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