Congress shows us how our new government works

History shows that the superficial forms of government remain long after the essentials have changed. For example, the Roman Empire retained the forms of the Republic long after the Republic’s death. Public policy experts, being so close to the object of their study, can be the last to see that a new regime has been …

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Weekend Reading – other interesting subjects

Table of Contents “Inside the Middle Class: Bad Times Hit the Good Life“, Pew Research Center, 9 April 2008 — 44 year low in number of folks considering themselves better off than 5 years ago. A valuable insight about anthropologic global warming (AGW) from Enrico Fermi. “Budget Gap Sets Record As Corporate Profits Fall“, Wall …

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Insights about modern war from the NIC’s 2020 Project

Summary:  the papers from a workshop of the NIC’s 2020 Project provide valuable insights.  This post discusses a paper by Martin van Creveld, and then ends with a speculative question. As part of their “2020 Project”, the National Intelligence Council held a workshop on the “Changing Nature of Warfare” on 25 May 2004.  Key topics and questions focused …

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