The Rational Person’s Guide to Fidel Castro

There are few leaders who inspire the kind of irrational passion that surrounds the recently-deceased Fidel Castro.  He is a hero and a villain, and to have an opinion on him so often forces you to choose between the two. But there is another way to judge leadership.  To understand Castro's true historical legacy, we … Continue reading The Rational Person’s Guide to Fidel Castro

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The Middle East in the Age of Trump

  (A billion apologies for the delay!  I'm upstate New York and being near a computer has been a bit difficult.  Also, there's also an issue uploading images, so this update will go without until I can fix that when I return to Brooklyn!) We should of course discount rumors that Trump will be deposed … Continue reading The Middle East in the Age of Trump

The Geopolitics of President-elect Donald J. Trump

What, exactly, does President-elect Donald J. Trump believe?  From 1987 until 1999 he was  a Republican; that year, he changed to the nearly defunct Reform Party, an obscure New York City legacy party.  He then became a Democrat from 2001 until 2008, when he switched back to the Republicans again. Meanwhile, simply in the past … Continue reading The Geopolitics of President-elect Donald J. Trump

What the fuck just happened in America?

The blog originally began with a simple vision: complicated foreign policy analysis stuffed with swears to soften the otherwise indigestible material.  As the years have worn on, I've largely dropped that approach. But I feel we deserve the old way today. So let's start to dig through the rubble and figure out what the fuck … Continue reading What the fuck just happened in America?

To save us from someone like Trump, look to institutions

Nothing, perhaps, is less sexy than an institution: a department's interminable lines, the universal human experience of meandering through a faceless ministry of this or that, trying to accomplish some simple task. Yet they may be all that protect us from the likes of President Trump. Let's make institutions super. First, why bash Trump? Donald … Continue reading To save us from someone like Trump, look to institutions