About China’s real estate bubble: fact and fiction

Summary: Facing a new powerful rival presents a hegemon with choices. We can improve our game, reform, revitalize to meet the challenge. Or take refuge in fantasy, ignoring our weaknesses and exaggerating those of our rival. America has chosen door #2. Here we peer through the propaganda fog, seeking a better perspective on one aspect … Continue reading About China’s real estate bubble: fact and fiction

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Can we see China through our veil of propaganda?

Summary: Our newspapers coverage of the world consists to a large extent of propaganda. Nations appear as either allies, enemies, and wilderness. And rivals are often portrayed as enemies, no matter ow much spin or outright fabrication required. Here we look at China, attempting to see through the fog. . The first of two posts; … Continue reading Can we see China through our veil of propaganda?

The military takes us back to the future. To Vietnam, again and again.

Summary: Now that our most recent wars are ending, we have an opportunity to learn. Will we? Making clear insights more difficult, our war machines has already started preparing us for new wars: threat inflation plus cheap/easy solutions. After 9-11 we bought such stories about Iraq and Afghanistan, with no questioning or skepticism. Will we … Continue reading The military takes us back to the future. To Vietnam, again and again.