Ask any question about geopolitics, broadly defined. We’ll attempt to answer it in the comments. Like Jeopardy, your comments must be in the form of a question!
Questions received so far (click on the link to go directly to that thread):
- Will the decline of the US dollar spark rising US inflation?
- Is the Euro still in jeopardy after the no-go on the Greek referendum and the Papandreous still holding power?
- How awesome was the movie 300?
- Beyond narrow self interest, what is it about America that makes it worth the blood sweat and tears that will be required to achieve reform?
- Response by reader to #4
- What is the difference between command, leadership and management? Are they adequately taught to officers of the US military?
- Do you feel that either an Israeli or US strike on Iran is imminent?
- What has been the economic effect on the Icelandic people since they chose not to bail out their banks?
- Do you have any thoughts on Modern Monetary Theory?
- What’s your take on Ron Paul’s positions on the big issues?
- What’s your favorite novel of all time?
- Do you think China’s centrally managed economy is prone to mis-allocation of capital and as a result a crash?
Before we get to the answers, here are some articles to start a conversation.
Some interesting reading
- The most historically illuminating article of the week (history is that which shapes our actions today): “The Politically Correct Confederacy” by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- A provocative article about patriotism: “Gibson’s patriot is Sonny Corleone, not Sgt. York“, Michael Lind
- Matt Taibbi holds mirror up to America, showing what we are by our choice of leaders: “Mike Bloomberg’s Marie Antoinette Moment“
- A clear example of why China is a rising power, and America a nation in decline
Today’s foreshadowing of the tyranney to come
A stark statement from one of our leading legal advocates of tyranney (for whom every problem provides an excuse to shred the Constiution):
Our argument is not based on some obscure provision of the 14th amendment, but on the necessities of state, and on the president’s role as the ultimate guardian of the constitutional order, charged with taking care that the laws be faithfully executed.
— “Obama Should Raise the Debt Ceiling on His Own“, Eric A. Posner (Prof Law, Chicago) and Adrian Vermeule (Prof Law, Harvard), New York Times, 22 July 20111
Quote of the day
“Men, it has been well said, think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, and one by one.”
— Charles Mackay, Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds