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Back to the future: convict labor returns to America (a powerful tool to force down wages and crush unions)

Summary: Another chapter in an ongoing series about this horrific symptom of America’s decay, both operational and moral.  Most of us don’t see it.  Rot, as in a home, usually remains hidden in the early stages (when it’s easy to treat).  Only in the advanced stages does it become obvious, when treatment is expensive and painful.  At the end …

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Some important articles. Mirrors in which we can see America.

Summary:  Every society has rationality tokens.  Some have many; some few.  In some they are held by people who become leaders of their society; in some they’re held by outcasts.  As a nation evolves, its rationality tokens pass into new hands.  Here we look at America, seeking to find their new holders. The disk was …

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Vietnam Has Left Town. Say Hello to our New Syndrome

Summary:  No nation, no matter how powerful, can long prosper (perhaps not even survive) with a broken observation-orientation-decision-action loop (OODA loop).  Like ours.  The primary symptom: an inability to learn.  We cannot learn from our peers’ to fix our health care system.  We cannot learn from our history to cope with 4GW (eg, foreign insurgencies).  Today Tom …

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How to Fund an American Police State (aka Weaponizing the Body Politic)

Summary:  America fades away before our eyes while we snooze.  What can we do to reawaken our fellow citizens?  Perhaps we can do no more than warn our fellow citizens, so that’s what we do.  Today we have “Weaponizing the Body Politic” from TomDispatch, 4 March 2012, reposted with their generous permission, a grim follow-up to …

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The end nears for our expedition to Afghanistan. Time to reflect on what went wrong.

Summary:  After writing over 100 posts since September 2003 about our war in Afghanistan, I faced the grim task of writing about its ugly end.  Fortunately, here are two articles that do it better than I could.  They deserve your attention, as we walk away from a project for which we borrowed so much money …

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