Category Archives: US Political Conflict

All postings that relate to current Economic Crisis and the OWS movement

Beware What You Ask For: Peter Radford

Brilliant article in Real World Economics by Peter Radford on the current plutocratic mess: This has been a long and miserable time. Deluged daily by strange and almost surrealistic gyrations in Washington I decided to sit to one side and … Continue reading

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Conflict Book Review: Anatomy of Failure: Why America Loses Every War it Starts: Harlan Ullman

Good book review of an interesting book: in today’s UK Financial Times: The man who coined the ‘shock and awe’ strategy explains the US military’s dismal record.  Washington thought Vietnam would be the next communist domino to fall. People who … Continue reading

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Russia, America and the Contest of Sick Systems: Gideon Rachman

A stellar article in today’s UK Financial Times by Gideon Rachman: the Last Man Standing Theory: Internal resilience, not external strength, will determine the century’s power struggles. What was Vladimir Putin thinking? Viewed from the west, the Russian president’s decision … Continue reading

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The US Has Reached the Last Stage Before Collapse: Corrupt Decadence by James Traub

  Brilliant Article from James Traub in today’s Business Insider which I print in full: essential reading and also, as well as an indictment of corrupt conservatism, an equal indictment of  the lack of new rejuvenating ideas for reform from … Continue reading

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“The Doomsday Machine” by Daniel Ellsberg

Well the bad news: I just finished probably the most disturbing book I have ever read: Daniel Ellsberg’s “The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear Planner”. It’s main findings: (My own from his: we are lucky still to be here … Continue reading

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Karl Polanyi in Six Points by Asad Zaman

This is close to how I see economic history and our own situation. A brilliant summary by Asad Zaman in Real World Economics at https://rwer.wordpress.com/2018/02/17/polanyis-six-points/ Polanyi’s six points:     The analysis of Polanyi’s Great Transformation can be summarized in the … Continue reading

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Is the World Really Better than Ever? by Oliver Burkeman

Worth the long read: the argument between optimists and pessimists re our current situation: from today’s UK Guardian:         The headlines have never been worse. But an increasingly influential group of thinkers insists that humankind has never … Continue reading

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