Monthly Archives: February 2014

Putin: The Return

Vladimir Putin is overextending his hand.  Like all autocrats, he cannot accept a losing hand.  He wants a conflict over the status of Ukraine and Crimea.  Having a weak U.S. executive and a compliant E.U helps Putin.  This will get … Continue reading

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The Retreat Agenda: Brave New Disordered World

When Hobbes & Machiavelli wrote they both experienced the world as short, brutish and violent.  Something an American would only experience in a state of war, or as Hobbes would have it, a war of all against all. The Framers … Continue reading

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Leadership: The Ethics of Leading, Being Effective, The Family as Foci

Bush was right when he exclaimed, “getting hammered is what happends when you take a principled stand.”  I often think of this in contrast to the ubiquity of ‘thought leadership’ and other catch-phrases indicative of branding. The problem is this: … Continue reading

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5 Strategic Points for Ukrainian Protesters

In order that Ukraine NOT return to another pro-Russian Yanukovych, its important that its own political leadership get its house in order. Let me outline five containment points for success. 1.  The Ukrainian President Viktor Yankovych’s removal from office will … Continue reading

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Joaquin El Chapo Guzman: Symbolic Victory

The capture of Mexico’s greatest drug kingpin since the 1993 killing of Colombian capo Pablo Escobar will only remain symbolic IF Mexican monetary authorities fail in their monetarist revolution. Let me explain. The Mexican Central Bank has decided to employ … Continue reading

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The Great Betrayal

When Poland’s foreign minister Sikorski along with his German counterpart Frank Walter told Ukrainian protest leadership to sign recent pledge effectively ending the uprising or ‘you’ll all be dead’, was a betrayal of the very moral leadership that ended Soviet … Continue reading

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Obama: Non-Performance Presidency, the Consequences

We should note that having a non-performing Presidency has consequences.  U.S. domestic policy isn’t where one looks to see its reverberations.   But those nations that have aligned with us whose internal political, social or geographic constitutions are unnaturally affiliated … Continue reading

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Korean Wisdom: Central Bank & Strong Won

Central Banks throughout the world are devaluing to adjust the intrinsic demands that come with current account payments.  With capital outflows hemorrhaging most Central Banks have used various legal instruments to contain unsustainable hemorrhaging. Except for Seoul, South Korea. Why … Continue reading

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Nuclear Strategy: History

The recent publication by the Pentagon’s Defense Science Board revealing that we’re entering a second nuclear age is difficult news to hear given the non-performance of our Executive. The history of nuclear brinkmanship is simple to understand:  the history of … Continue reading

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Liberty: John Stuart Mill

“Liberty, as a principle, has no application to any state of things anterior to the time when mankind have become capable of being improved by free and equal discussion.  Until then, there is nothing for them but implicit obedience to … Continue reading

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