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

Lilliput or America – who has a better way to choose its leaders?

Across the gulf of three centuries, Jonathan Swift’s insights provide another perspective on America.  His observations, cloaked in metaphor, deserve attention.  The following is an excerpt from Gulliver’s Travels, Chapter 3: A Voyage to Lilliput — where Gulliver learns how the King's officers and advisers are chosen. (source). The Lilliputians, being of a civilization less advanced than our own, … Continue reading Lilliput or America – who has a better way to choose its leaders?

The King of Brobdingnag comments on America’s grand strategy

Summary:  Across the gulf of three centuries, Jonathan Swift's insights provide another perspective on America.  His observations, cloaked in metaphor, deserve attention.  The following is an excerpt from Gulliver's Travels, A Voyage to Brobdingnag, chapter 6 -- Gulliver explains the English government to the King of this great people (source). . Background on the debate An excerpt … Continue reading The King of Brobdingnag comments on America’s grand strategy

Dr. Gulliver explains why America has become so fearful of the future

Summary:  Why has American's mental processing become so dysfunctional?  As described by John Boyd, our OODA loop:  observation, orientation, decision, action.  It no longer seems to work properly?  One problem is that so much of our collective wisdom is locked away, unread.  Only by uncaring scholars.  And sometimes by children.  As we see in this passage from … Continue reading Dr. Gulliver explains why America has become so fearful of the future