Author Archives: William Holland

About William Holland

Systematic Theologian/International Relations

Taming Bond Market Vigilantes

The U.S. Federal Reserve has tamed bond vigilantes.  Because prices move inversely to bond yields, historically, active investors reacted to adverse monetary or fiscal policies by dumping bonds that consequently raise yields.  Because the FED was the only game in … Continue reading

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Orban & Central European Response To Militant Secularism

Viktor Orban has won another victorious election and fears of a growing fascist menace in Eastern & Central Europe remain unfounded.  Let’s examine. Why is militant secularism characterized as benevolent?  What can’t Brussels anticipate the impact of this militancy upon … Continue reading

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Macron: Parisian Thatcher

The pace of Macron’s willingness to confront railways and pension reform evidences other Thatcherite achievements of liberalizing French labor markets, rescinding wealth taxes while implementing a flat tax on financial income.  Now he’s on to confronting defiant jobs-for-life for new … Continue reading

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Good Riddance Castro: How Cuban Church-State Relations Needs Tocqueville

It shouldn’t surprise anyone familiar with the nature and origins of political regimes to acknowledge Latin America’s susceptibility to the corrosive social, political effects of republicanism.  Ideas matter, but functioning institutions matter more.  The Caribbean, Central and South American regimes … Continue reading

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Re-writing the Iranian Deal?

The Iranian currency is falling, measuring close to Zimbabwe and Venezuela.  The exchange rate between the rial and the dollar stands at about 60,000 to 1.  No regime can stand that kind of domestic turmoil, in fact the mullah’s have … Continue reading

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Theresa May’s Minerva Moment

It was really only a matter of time, but consensus was never really part of the calculation. Theresa May’s strength to formalize a hard Brexit was due from two distinct factors.  One, having her time, effort and energy sucked inward … Continue reading

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Nigeria: African Fault Line with Islamism

When the newly elected Nigerian president Muhammad Buhari was elected in 2015, he advanced a coalition called the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) of African nation states devoted to assisting Nigeria tackle Boko Haram.  With Benin, Chad, Cameroon, Niger and … Continue reading

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The Saudi’s Go Nuclear

It was only a matter of time.  Give the growing challenges that besiege this Kingdom, bin Salman had to acquiesce to the challenge thrown down by Iran and achieve parity with the Shia.  The House of Saud wants nuclear weapons … Continue reading

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Secular Stag Out of the Barn & How Trump and Obama Remain Parochial Presidencies

When Lawrence Summers went back to the old keynesian playbook to justify a faltering economy of ultra low interest rates, militant intervention and macro-prudential efforts, he found the canard of secular stagnation a useful term to explain how (why) the … Continue reading

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Hafiz Saeed, Pakistan’s Proxy & America’s Long Vision for SW Asia

Contemporary analysts don’t study military history, specifically civil military relations.  Its reserved for generals who attend secular universities or the uncommon scholar who insists on studying varying political regimes and their dependent relations with the United States.  When McMaster wrote … Continue reading

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