How science fiction shows us the limits of science

Summary: Overconfident scientists propel America's progress. But their confidence does not mean we can safely use their conclusions when making public policy. Stories about future histories of our time show the problem. They can help us more effectively use the insights provided by science. The march of archaeology can help us understands the limits of … Continue reading How science fiction shows us the limits of science

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Stratfor describes a paradise lost to China’s ambition

Taklamakan Desert in China's Xinjiang Uygur province

Summary: Stratfor describes the next phase of China's expansion and its likely consequences. China's political and environmental problems are typical of what global growth will create during the next several decades. We must learn to manage this process better as we go from today's 7 billion people to the almost inevitable 10 billion by 2050. … Continue reading Stratfor describes a paradise lost to China’s ambition

The Awkward Electoral Dance of Liberal Democrats

Summary: Dr. Torrance Stephens looks at the Democratic Party, probing the reasons for its decay (bringing the GOP to a multi-generational peak power). They can't fix what they don't understand. Are they ready to see his harsh truths? "The Awkward Electoral Dance of Liberal Democrats" By Torrance Stephens at his website, July 2017. Reposted with … Continue reading The Awkward Electoral Dance of Liberal Democrats

How “The Dictator’s Handbook” can help us reform America

The Dictator's Handbook

Summary: Here Martin van Creveld reviews one of the most interesting recent books about politics. It is of great relevance as the Second Republic (built on the Constitution) slowly dies. Harsh insights are needed to save it, or perhaps to build a better Third Republic on its ruins.   "Book of the Month" The Dictator's … Continue reading How “The Dictator’s Handbook” can help us reform America