The Machiavellian vs the Proletariat – whose economy is it, anyway?


"You sit around here and you spin your little webs and you think the whole world revolves around you and your money. Well, it doesn't, Mr. Potter. In the whole, vast configuration of things, I'd say you were nothing but a scurvy little spider!" - George Bailey, from the 1946 film, "It's a Wonderful Life"… Continue reading The Machiavellian vs the Proletariat – whose economy is it, anyway?

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Shaken confidence: U.S. culpability in a post 9-11 world


American resolve formed around the twisted steel ruins of the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan in 2001, like 15-ton concrete blocks around re-bar. Our determination to avenge the acts of September 11 was certainly not a question. What should have been questioned at the time and wasn't, was how we would react as a… Continue reading Shaken confidence: U.S. culpability in a post 9-11 world

The ebbing tide of war


"...tonight, we take comfort in knowing that the tide of war is receding." - President Barack Obama, announcing the first Afghanistan withdrawals, June 22, 2011 For 10,000 American men and women, their boots are wet as they stand in the sand of the ebbing, bloody sea. Soon, they will turn and march for home. Obama… Continue reading The ebbing tide of war