Martin van Creveld looks at our military white elephants

Summary: Today Martin van Creveld looks at one of the most exceptional aspects of US defense policy, our weapons. A naïf would describe it as quite mad, unaware of the lavish salaries and great corporate fortunes created by tapping the almost limitless flow of taxes from the apathetic and credulous citizens of America. "In the … Continue reading Martin van Creveld looks at our military white elephants

Why new home sales are slow, and will remain so for a long time

Summary: The refusal of housing construction to join the boom has baffled economists and investment experts. Demographic change explains much of this puzzle, and suggests that housing construction -- a major driver of the post-WWII boom -- will remain in the doldrums for several more decades. Boom and bust of the housing market Large file; … Continue reading Why new home sales are slow, and will remain so for a long time

Science into agitprop: “Climate Change Is Strangling Our Oceans”

Summary:  The public policy debate about climate science shows the dysfunctional nature of the US media. It's one reason why making effective public policy has become difficult or impossible. Here's another example of how propaganda has contaminated the news reporting of this vital subject, looking at stories about a new study of our oceans. NCAR's … Continue reading Science into agitprop: “Climate Change Is Strangling Our Oceans”

Stratfor looks at the Saudi Princes’ plans for a 21stC Kingdom under their rule

Summary:  Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman gave his first-ever live interview to announce a bold new plan for the Kingdom. Stratfor sketches the details. It's the standard conservative schtick: "tightening the social contract" (i.e., cutting subsidies to the public), privatizing national assets, and big talk about a glorious future -- in which the … Continue reading Stratfor looks at the Saudi Princes’ plans for a 21stC Kingdom under their rule

What Trump means by putting “America First”

Summary: Pundits treat "America First" as a meaningless slogan. Professor Maximilian Forte explains that its the connecting thread of Trump's views. He shows how it fits in the battle to control America's foreign policy. This is a follow-up to yesterday's post describing Trump's speech. Donald Trump’s “America First” Foreign Policy By Maximilian C. Forte from … Continue reading What Trump means by putting “America First”