A Christmas gift to us from George Washington

Summary: For Christmas we interrupt our usual warnings for a reminder about an event from our past that still can inspire us today. America was created by the Founders' bets against long odds, conditions far whose than those we whine about today. Regular service will resume tomorrow. Best wishes for a Merry Christmas to you all! A real Christmas story, … Continue reading A Christmas gift to us from George Washington

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Trump and the 1% lead America back to its past, to its dark roots

Summary: Look to the past to see the future of the Trump revolution. That means seeing through the half-truths of both the doomsters and the panglossians. Here's a brief look at the bad news and the good news. Draw your own conclusions. The Trump "revolution" is a moment in the wave of history carrying the … Continue reading Trump and the 1% lead America back to its past, to its dark roots

Martin van Creveld shares a lifetime of insights

Summary: Martin van Creveld is one of our generation's leading military historians, whose insights illuminate the some of the major trends of our time. His new book sums up a lifetime of observation and thought, especially about the use of history to understand the present and future.   Martin van Creveld discusses his new book: … Continue reading Martin van Creveld shares a lifetime of insights

See free speech crushed at Tufts today. Remember 1964, when we were wild & untamed…

Summary: Every month brings new stories of America's liberties eroding away, and our passive acceptance.  This Halloween brings an especially pitiful example. To understand how far we have fallen, compare the behavior of college students today to that during a famous incident fifty years ago. Sad, but we can change. We will be what we … Continue reading See free speech crushed at Tufts today. Remember 1964, when we were wild & untamed…

Turning points in history – are we at another?

Summary: What do turning points of history look like? To see those in the future, let's look at those in the past. Here's a quick look at big events of history that were not, and some that were. The Atlantic asks "What was the worst year in history?" It's a powerful question, offering a deeper … Continue reading Turning points in history – are we at another?

Advice for us from the financiers who built the British Empire

Summary: Andrew Odlyzko, one of our top polymaths and futurists, gives us a new perspective on the economy and markets of our time by comparing them with those of Victorian England. We can learn a lot from this. "What would surprise early Victorian market players if they came alive today?" By Andrew Odlyzko in the … Continue reading Advice for us from the financiers who built the British Empire

Ignore the skeptics. America can still grow.

Summary: Can America no longer grow? Have we exhausted the potential for future technological progress? Let's look at how far we have come and ask if the engines of progress that produced these wonders can no longer work for us. “Innovation of new forms of society and technology. It is the key to our progress. … Continue reading Ignore the skeptics. America can still grow.