Summary: William Lind gives a brilliant analysis of the situation in East Asia -- North Korea's provocations, China's fateful choices, and the response of our allies if they choose unwisely. Trump's visit to Asia provides an opportunity for him to display Bismarck-level geopolitics. "The North Korean Threat to China" By William S. Lind. From … Continue reading William Lind: China’s fateful decision about North Korea
Summary: Andrew Bacevich is one of our most acute political observers. In this essay he accurately describes one aspect of the rot affecting our politics. The solution he proposes reveal the deeper and more serious rot. There is a solution, if we have the will and wit to make it happen. "The Post-Cold-War Consensus … Continue reading Andrew Bacevich looks at America’s political rot and describes solutions
Summary: December brings forth a crop of retrospective analysis about the past year and confident forecasts about the next. The FM website has posted almost daily doses of the former, and I lack the confidence to do the latter. Instead let's ask about questions. What issues might dominate 2014, and influence the years beyond? Finding … Continue reading What are the big questions that 2014 might answer?
Summary: Marcus Ranum looks to our past -- the government's history of surveillance -- to see the future which the government's vast surveillance machinery makes possible, and perhaps will help bring into being. Article deleted at author's request. Some of the latest revelations about NSA cyber-surveillance - and cyber-war "The Secret War", Wired, 12 … Continue reading Someone call Nixon’s plumbers. We need them again.
Summary: It’s time again for question time — “ask the mineshaft”. In the comments post your questions about geopolitics. And post your answers to other people’s questions. This is a community exercise, from the German “Gemeinschaft” (see Wikipedia). Contents How do open source projects & businesses fare in the Boydian world of competition, rate of … Continue reading Question time on the FM website. Post your questions and answers!