Category Archives: Global politics

Russia, the US, Putin, Trump, and Obama

This is potentially an explosive period in US political history with global implications. And we now face a critical moment. What I will share today is disturbing, but real. I think George Friedman at Geopolitical Futures provides a very frank, … Continue reading

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George Friedman’s shocker

This is not just unprecedented, it is simply shocking. If you don’t know who George Friedman is, you can google him. He founded Stratfor, then left when it grew larger than he liked and founded Geopolitical Futures. He is perhaps … Continue reading

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Terrorism in the Age of the Market State

I wanted to take a moment to share this with you today. The following comes from Stratfor, the influential subscription service that covers geopolitics in all its many forms. Normally behind a “pay wall”, I have permission to republish, so … Continue reading

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Mediocrity reigns

Mediocre means neither good nor bad, but at best, barely adequate. Mediocre political leadership today means it is not as good as it should be, not as bad as it could be, but given today’s world, not even barely adequate. … Continue reading

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Is Vladimir Putin on the way out?

There is buzz being generated about an analysis from the European Council on Foreign Relations forecasting the end of Vladimir Putin’s rule. How long does he have left? “In the view of this author, the regime has less than a … Continue reading

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A Lesson for America from the Frontier

If you were to ask me to identify the most damaging war in American history, it would have to be the war it fought with itself from 1861 to 1865. In retrospect, many argue that the Union was never in … Continue reading

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Waves of the Future – Ripples of the Past

My post last week on the Third Iraq War, resulting from Stratfor’s report based on anonymous Defense Department sources, was followed by the DOD discussing the initial preparations in a little more detail. It’s a start, but hardly enough. At … Continue reading

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Preparing for the Third Iraq War

As I work on a more comprehensive, global forecast for the next ten to fifteen years, I try to avoid spending time on matters of immediate media interest. The war in the Ukraine is an example.  I will make an … Continue reading

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Jay Ogilvy on “Mind the Gap”

I am republishing the following essay by Jay Ogilvy of Stratfor, with Stratfor’s permission. I will very rarely do this, but I will today because I think it is a very intelligent and thoughtful essay, related to much of my … Continue reading

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You can’t build a successful community without a middle class

First it was Thomas Piketty with his call for a global wealth tax. Now it’s Oxfam with a 7-point program that is as unlikely to be adopted as Piketty’s global tax. A socialist approach (it would have to be government-mandated … Continue reading

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