Advice from Kipling & Orwell about America’s empire. Let’s listen.

Summary: Here's a powerful poem by Rudyard Kipling. It's about Britain, but also about us. The past provides a mirror in which we can see ourselves, valuable given the clouded vision that afflicts us. These notes from the past can help us get a grip on ourselves, and perhaps retake the reins of America. "Recessional" … Continue reading Advice from Kipling & Orwell about America’s empire. Let’s listen.

America sees the world through a glass, darkly. Let’s drop the shades and see clearly!

Summery: Much of the work on the FM website examines minutiae for clues and insights about the wider world.  Today we look at this strange but revealing article (revealing about us). It suggests what where we have gone wrong, and how we can still return to a better path. . "Elites’ strange plot to take … Continue reading America sees the world through a glass, darkly. Let’s drop the shades and see clearly!

Q&A on the extraordinary aspects of the Syrian War

Summary: I've received many incisive questions about Syria, covering the key points of the this extraordinary debate that so clearly highlights the changing nature of America's political regime -- and our role in it. Here are my responses; post your questions and answers in the comments. . Contents Q&A on the basics of the proposal … Continue reading Q&A on the extraordinary aspects of the Syrian War

Where did the great post-war dream for a new world go sour?

Summary:  Tom Hayden's post The Syrian dominos sparked some fascinating threads in the comments. One discussed what might be a formative moment in world history, one of events which set 21st century history on a very different track than that dreamed by the victors of WWII.  A path that means that their generation's great sacrifice … Continue reading Where did the great post-war dream for a new world go sour?

Status report on the war with Iran (we’re ignorantly drifting into yet another illegal war)

Summary: We’re marching towards a war. Like our other wars this past decade, an ill-considered conflict based mostly on lies. Wars being among the most uncertain things in life, this might be larger, more expensive, and more painful than our other wars  since 9-11. Take a deep breath while reading this post and consider what … Continue reading Status report on the war with Iran (we’re ignorantly drifting into yet another illegal war)