Jonathan Swift explains the latest presidential debate

Summary: Rather than I add to the countless and pointless commentaries on the debate, here is a note from Jonathan Swift, one of the greatest political observers the West has ever produced. The politics of early 18th century Britain were much like ours. He describes our process for electing presidents -- which produced our two … Continue reading Jonathan Swift explains the latest presidential debate

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An anthropologist looks at Brexit: The World Changed Overnight

Summary: Anthropologist Maximilian Forte looks at aspects of Brexit seldom mentioned by the news media, and its long-term significance (beyond the immediate tantrums by institutional investors and traders). This is a follow-up to yesterday's Brexit was logical, neither racist nor irrational.   The World Changed Overnight By Maximilian C. Forte From Zero Anthropology Posted with … Continue reading An anthropologist looks at Brexit: The World Changed Overnight

Brexit was logical, neither racist nor irrational

Summary: The campaign against Brexit featured fantastic predictions of doom (but seldom with much supporting fact or logic) and assertions that it was racist and irrational. Europe's elites resorted to these barrages of fear for good reason: the EU does so much for them. Here's a look at the costs to Europe's people, which journalists … Continue reading Brexit was logical, neither racist nor irrational

Stratfor: The Refugee Crisis Redefines German Politics. It could get ugly.

Summary: Stratfor looks at this week's regional elections in Germany. Much of the value of Stratfor's analysis is their top-down analysis provides a window into the thinking of the West's ruling elites (essentially their clients). Stratfor's analysis suggests that German's leaders remain delusionally complacent about the rising anger at their open borders policy and its … Continue reading Stratfor: The Refugee Crisis Redefines German Politics. It could get ugly.

Stratfor: Iran’s Hard-Liners lose the election. Big changes ahead.

Summary: We tend to see the complex politics of America but assume Iran's mullahs rule a tyranny. Last week's elections prove otherwise. Here Stratfor describes Iran's politics and the election's results. The new leadership team will have to sail through these troubled waters. Iran's fragile economy is under incredible pressure from the collapse of oil … Continue reading Stratfor: Iran’s Hard-Liners lose the election. Big changes ahead.

Populism carries Trump to the nomination. He’s completed 1 of 4 steps to victory.

Summary: With Trump leading in polls for most of the coming primaries, let's review his success in the four keys to winning in November. Equally important is the reaction of Democrats to his success, and what it tells us about the potential for a new broad coalition (like the New Deal) that can defeat the … Continue reading Populism carries Trump to the nomination. He’s completed 1 of 4 steps to victory.

Why the Left is missing the rising populist movement

Summary: While journalists mindlessly cover Campaign 2016 (playing Trivia Pursuit, Gotcha, and "who's on first"), the structure of American politics might be shifting. This series explores how and why. This post looks at the Left, so far the big loser in this transition, and what this means for the shape of the rising populist movement.  … Continue reading Why the Left is missing the rising populist movement