revolution

Hear the cattle bellowing in the chutes. Will they revolt?

Summary:  A quick response to the comments and emails about the previous post (and the new article by Fallows).   We are angry sheep!  Here us roar! As usual, James Fallows of The Atlantic goes to the heart of the matter.  From his new article, an email from a university librarian in the Midwest: I’ve never actually …

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A Washington Insider looks at America, but does not understand what he sees

Summary:  A Washington insider clearly sees the dangerous deterioration of our political system, but ventures outside Washington and misunderstands what he sees.  We can learn from his error. From the always interesting James Fallows at The Atlantic:  “‘People Don’t Realize How Fragile Democracy Really Is’“.  Please read it in full, as this excerpt looks at …

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The CIA’s forecast about the Iranian Revolution – and the revolution prediction tool

This is valuable material not just for students of history, but for those seeking useful tools to understand today’s rapidly changing world. (a)  “The Dionysian Rites of Henry Kissinger’s CIA and the Iranian Revolution of 2010“, Marla Singer and Geoffrey Batt, The Journal of Irreverent Attacks on Conventional Wisdom, Entrenched Dogma and Sacred Cows, January …

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A revolution is not a dinner party. Thoughts about the future of China

This is a follow-up to Will China collapse? (5 August 2008). Recent analysis: “Get ready for lower Chinese growth“, Michael Pettis, op-ed in the Financial Times, 29 July 2009  “The spend is nigh“, Economist, 30 July 2009 — “The second article in our series on global rebalancing asks whether China can reduce its trade surplus by consuming …

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Fixing America: the choices are elections, revolt, or passivity

My series about America has sparked much discussion, unusually intense (as it goes on the FM site).  How can we reform America?  This is the third in a series about this, perhaps the most important issue for our generation of Americans. My opinion is simple (perhaps simplistic) We are in this together.  Reality/nature/God enforces collectively …

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