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" … Continue reading Advice from Kipling & Orwell about America’s empire. Let’s listen.

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

A report card for the Republic on Independence Day!

Summary:  For the second post on this Independence Day, see this post from 4 July 2008. Written at the start of that presidential campaign, it remains as true today as then. We have to learn from these experiences and do better if we are to have a free and prosperous future.  {2nd of 2 posts … Continue reading A report card for the Republic on Independence Day!

When you look back on this day & remember the bubble…

Summary: We're in a time of great events. Like all such, it consists of breaks with the past combined with periods of deceptive calm. This is a transition between the post-WWII era and the as yet unknowable new regime that lies ahead. The stock market provides a mirror in which we can see these great … Continue reading When you look back on this day & remember the bubble…

Any day something small might happen that changes the history of the world.

Summary:  These days might be ones of historic significance. America is the fault line of the world, overextended militarily, with a foreign policy of institutionalized belligerence, and papered-over internal divisions. Small events that might happen any day could have almost unimaginable consequences, overturning what we consider the bedrock of our age.  {2nd of 2 posts … Continue reading Any day something small might happen that changes the history of the world.

Embrace the weird news. It signals the transition to a new world.

Summary:  Every day brings new strangeness in the news. It's easy to become disoriented (I am). The weirdness is a signal telling us that we've left the post-WWII era and begun the transition to a new world. Here we discuss three areas of oddness -- and how to cope.  {1st of 2 posts today.} Content … Continue reading Embrace the weird news. It signals the transition to a new world.

A new world comes, probably one with no place for our “lords of finance”

Summary:  The world changes as new great powers arise. The rules of international law and commerce will evolve to meet their standards of what's right and proper. That new world order might have no place for the financial privateers, like hedge fund manager George Soros, who loot the world under the protection of the USA … Continue reading A new world comes, probably one with no place for our “lords of finance”