The Right struggles to understand Trump and populism

Summary: With victory at the GOP convention appearing more certain every day, the Right struggles to understand the resurgence of populism, so long suppressed. Here are two essays showing how they're doing so far -- by a neocon and conservative. Both remind us that populism is a political movement distinct from conservatism, and need not … Continue reading The Right struggles to understand Trump and populism

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The neocons captured the Star Trek universe, as they’ve captured America

Summary:  This post looks at the evolution of the Star Trek "universe" from 1964 through today, using it as a mirror to help us see how we've changed. It gives us a clear picture, but one we might not want to see. This is the second in this series about the militarization of American society; … Continue reading The neocons captured the Star Trek universe, as they’ve captured America

A different perspective on the US and China, seen by an Frenchman living in Russia

One way to compensate for America's broken connection to reality -- our defective observation-orientation-decision-action loop (OODA loop) is to seek our different perspectives.  In that light I recommend reading this excerpt from "The Wheels of Heaven Stop", Eric Kraus, Truth and Beauty, 12 March 2009.  For more information about these things see the links at the … Continue reading A different perspective on the US and China, seen by an Frenchman living in Russia

Forecasts for the American Expedition to Iraq – the Sequel

Also, Introducing the New Kingmaker in American Politics! What comes next in Iraq? Here are some straight-line extrapolations.  Let's move beyond the obvious good bets: collapse of the current government structure in Iraq, civil war, and continued slow erosion of US popular support. All these were discussed at length in my November 30 Forecasts. What's … Continue reading Forecasts for the American Expedition to Iraq – the Sequel