Post-WWII Era Over?

The post-WWII geopolitical regime is ending. These posts discuss why it is ending and what might replace it.

Warnings from Keynes and Kipling about our mad empire

Hubris is the destroyer of Empires. The mad American Empire might be next. We can learn from Britain’s history. Or we can crash on our own.

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Much of what we love about America was true only for a moment

Summary: Campaign 2016 has sparked hopes of political reform in America, restoring aspects of America that we’ve lost. But our image of American history is false, because much of what we love existed only for two generations (from the New Deal to the 1970s). Understanding this makes real reform possible. Jefferson Cowie’s new book is …

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Advice from Kipling & Orwell about America’s empire. Let’s listen.

Summary: Here’s a powerful poem by Rudyard Kipling. It’s about Britain, but also about us. The past provides a mirror in which we can see ourselves, valuable given the clouded vision that afflicts us. These notes from the past can help us get a grip on ourselves, and perhaps retake the reins of America. “Recessional” …

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How should we prepare, as a new era begins for the world economy?

Summary: Often the most important insight is the largest but least obvious aspect of a situation, hidden amidst the river of data that flows over us every day. Today the key thing to know is that we’ve entered a new world, once in which almost anything can happen. This creates new rules for individuals and …

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