Category Archives: International Relations

What Trump Gets Right About Trade

Professionals don’t get paid to think.  They get paid to earn a living.  This means that the vast majority of the chatter-class in think tanks, Universities and the media commintariat earn their wares diachronically.  That means they specialize in presenting … Continue reading

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Returning Home: Trump’s Learning Curve

By the time team Trump settles in from his trip to Riyadh, Rome and Brussels, he’ll have enough new insight into the reach and scope of his executive office than he’s ever had, now comes the hard part, how to … Continue reading

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The New Mayhem: Low Interest Rates & Rigged Soaring Capital Markets

The exit of England from the European Union will take months if not years to complete, however, any look of indices reveals a staggering confidence born from Central Bank accommodative policy, not consumer spending.  This has all the markings of … Continue reading

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U.S. Foreign Policy: Ideal vs. Real

To the vast majority of foreign policy specialists, the golden age of collaboration and consensus remains WWII, more specifically, the political union that existed between the U.S. and Britain.  The problem with this interpretation is that its grounded in pure … Continue reading

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The Fatal Conceit of the West

The fatal conceit of the west is discerned when academics affiliated to the intellectual mores of German idealism begin to conceive of power relations outside of history.  Think Kissenger, Hegel or worse yet, Francis Fukuyama’s ‘End of History’ charade. Let’s … Continue reading

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Putin’s Next Move

Putin’s next move is easy.  Split any/all coalition that U.S. seeks to develop.  This has already been done with Germanic/Polish perfidity.  If the U.S. doesn’t any unilaterally, then it should seek to punish Putin with long term diplomatic, economic consequences. … Continue reading

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Amerika: The No Growth Society

What does ‘leading from behind’ embody? It basically turns American exceptionalism on its head.  According to this progressive thought, America isn’t a nation conceived as liberty in equality but a power that needs to be constrained or at least a … 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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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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International Political Economy: The Vortex of Geography, History, Ideology, Statecraft & Money

It’s more than a bit frustrating to watch all these professionals ‘failing upward‘.  But I suppose no one of any true measure should expect success from those that haven’t put time into mastering a synoptic approach.  An approach that views … Continue reading

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