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George Friedman on The First Presidential Debate

George Friedman, founder and CEO of Stratfor for two decades and now CEO of a new global analytical firm, Geopolitical Futures, wrote subscribers today with his reaction to last night’s US Presidential debate. He does it so well that I … Continue reading

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Letter From Panama

April was a tough month for those of us living in Panama, both Panamanians and expatriate residents like me. The so-called “Panama Papers” became an international sensation. Despite the fact that the “guilty parties” were foreigners, despite the fact that … Continue reading

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From Caste to Class to Channel

My last two posts have focused on social class, the death of the American upper class and the collapse of the middle class.  I think the “class” approach to defining society is in decline and will eventually be abandoned. This … Continue reading

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Time to get out of The Box

Most people call it futurism.  I call it “futures analysis”, the plural indicating that there are many different possible futures.  Whatever you call it, we all do it in one form or another.  Do I get married?  Should we have … Continue reading

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Time to listen to Yogi once again

In 1938, it was the annexation of Austria, followed by the Sudetenland, followed by 1939 and disaster. As our old friend Yogi Berra put it, “It’s déjà vu all over again”. I am glad that Bill Clinton has spoken up. … Continue reading

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Two more things to consider when relocating

I wrote recently of a “tip”, a suggestion, to consider when choosing a nation for relocation. Here are two more. As always, keep in mind that these are my personal preferences and may not be relevant to you, but I … Continue reading

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A view from the Dark Side

In my last two posts, I briefly discussed the rapidly expanding impact of genetic engineering and the similar strides being made in other cutting-edge sciences and technologies. Before I move on to other topics, I have one more thing to … Continue reading

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Is innovation a national trait? I don’t think so.

Future Brief is a personal weblog. Anyone is welcome to read it, but “traffic” is of absolutely no importance to me. It is where I post primarily short essays (by my standards, at least) on topics I am researching related … Continue reading

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Thinking Retirement? Two Questions For You

Ever since I wrote Next – The Retirement Bubble for Barron’s a couple years ago, the end of traditional retirement has been a subject of special interest to me. I have a short post up today at my Retirement Bubble … Continue reading

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Thank You

I need to take a moment to express my appreciation to the US Navy Seals for their successful removal of Osama from this world. They do not seek recognition, indeed they strenuously avoid it, but they deserve it, as do … Continue reading

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