05 Mar 2014

Putin’s strategy

I think that in war gaming the Ukraine coup, U.S. policymakers considered two possibilities: 1) Russia would do nothing. This would have meant a severe weakening of Russia as the Western alliance led by the U.S. would now extend into the Russian heartland. 2) Russia would react aggressively and invade

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03 Nov 2013

A plea for optimism

Sun Tzu’s The Art of War, a Taoist classic probably written between 320 and 310 B.C., is not a mere text on military strategy (and by extension, competitive endeavors in business and other realms), as it is commonly interpreted today.  It runs much deeper.  As one of its translators into English,

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24 Sep 2013

Fissures

It’s important to recognize that Obama is now a greatly weakened president on the world stage, what with his World War III plans blowing up in his face and the NSA disclosures.  Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff’s speech, which preceded that of President Obama at the United Nations this morning, highlighted

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13 Apr 2013

Woody Guthrie on Jesus

This is a wonderful song I first heard yesterday. First, here’s Woody’s own version: Now, here’s U2’s inspiring version with Occupy Wall Street as a background: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnSpEPOcFuo Enjoy!  

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24 Mar 2013

Borrowed Time

We are living on borrowed time.  Since the bailouts of 2007-08, the U.S. and world economies have ceased to be functional.  Certainly, there are profitable manufacturers, in China and this country, making money by selling real products, but the “commanding heights” of the world economy (to borrow a phrase from

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25 Dec 2012

An allegory

Let’s pretend that the Democratic and Republican parties are armies.  To remain a functioning force, each “army” needs “supplies” (votes) from its base.  (Money is a secondary supply but it is useful only insofar as it can provide the primary supply of votes).  Each “army” receives most of its supplies

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24 Jul 2012

Y2K

More and more, the judicial coup of December 2000, wherein the United States Supreme Court installed George W. Bush as president, is manifesting itself as THE central event of U.S. history at least since the Civil War.  The Y2K coup upset every underlying assumption about our country–that the United States

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29 Jun 2012

The ACA Decision

As I stated in a previous diary, Justice Roberts did far more damage by upholding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) than he would have done by merely rejecting the statute on Commerce Clause grounds. In its upholding of the law, the Court established three horrible precedents: 1) The “broccoli” argument

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28 Jun 2012

Supreme Disaster

Some thoughts about yesterday’s Supreme Court decision upholding the Affordable Care Act (NFIB v. Sebelius): 1)  From a jurisprudential viewpoint, the decision could not have been worse.  Not only did the Court establish the principle that individuals can be forced under penalty of law to pay for the services of

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22 Jun 2012

No More Democrats

No major struggle in politics is purely personal.  Behind every conflict of personalities there lies an ideological divide.  So it was in the Democratic presidential primaries of 2008 where Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton were the major contenders.  Hillary Clinton was the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC) candidate–a politician who, like

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