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

The Geopolitical Argument Against Donald Trump

I have argued in the past that the damage Donald Trump could do is limited: balanced by a vast and enduring American state, every U.S. president, regardless of the strength of their support or the breadth of their mandate, invariably finds their political capital spent.  A could-be President Trump would be no different, and a … Continue reading The Geopolitical Argument Against Donald Trump

How America Earned Trump

From Coney Island apartment tower lord to Republican frontrunner, Donald Trump has come a long way.  But nobody should assume the man has remade America: rather, his success is not in changing Americans but following the most profitable trends. His real estate empire was built upon a New York City ready to renew itself at … Continue reading How America Earned Trump

Saudi Arabia’s Power Play (Or, the Childishness of Kings)

I've let my contempt for Saudi Arabia's current governing system be known - several times.  This is because it's a personality-centric system driven by personalities that most of you wouldn't want to invite to dinner.  In such systems, psychology matters when understanding certain events.  Let's take a walk through, shall we, and understand Saudi state … Continue reading Saudi Arabia’s Power Play (Or, the Childishness of Kings)

The How-To of Decolonization

So you wake up one day and you realize something - you're about to be leader of a country.  For a long time, some foreign power's been running the show, but they're about to skip town and leave you to your devices.  Never mind how you got there - your idiosyncratic journey doesn't change the … Continue reading The How-To of Decolonization

How To Make Your Nation Go Nuts

It’s closing time.  The bar’s about to shut up and you’ve got to get out.  But there’s that one guy, sitting over there in the corner, who’s been alone the entire night.  You can already tell he’s super drunk.  When they ask him to leave, he tells them to shove it up their asses.  A … Continue reading How To Make Your Nation Go Nuts

How To Break A Superpower in Seven Easy Steps

My last post posited on how debt was not going to be the thing that took down the American superpower.  But it did get me thinking - what could?  History's seen several superpowers come and go, starting with the Roman Empire in the ancient days to, most recently, the Soviet Union. How do superpowers fall? … Continue reading How To Break A Superpower in Seven Easy Steps

Debt is Not a Strategic Weapon (And Won’t Change the Pecking Order, Either)

(Much apologies for my absence on Monday - it's Eid Al Adha here, which throws everyone off, so I missed the update.  Without further ado, here we go!) Perhaps you have seen the Chinese moaning about democracy.  A great deal of people out there like to explain the U.S. debt problem as akin to a … Continue reading Debt is Not a Strategic Weapon (And Won’t Change the Pecking Order, Either)

Saddle Up – It’s Only Going to Get Worse in World Politics

Dominating American headlines is the government shutdown and the looming default.  The American public is not pleased; yet strong forces keep this otherwise pointless fight going.  Much of it concerns attitudes towards leadership, government, and the power of the state, and is well reflected in the predictions of generational theory.  Other parts, however, are about … Continue reading Saddle Up – It’s Only Going to Get Worse in World Politics

Generational Theory Expressed In American Power (Or, How Baby Boomers Are Running The Country)

This website is relatively popular, as geopolitical websites go.  But I've certainly noticed that websites with more comments, more debate, and greater popularity often express strong anti-institutional bias; that is, they're on about how the government or corporations or whatever are utter shit and then tinge that with whatever political views they have.  People jump … Continue reading Generational Theory Expressed In American Power (Or, How Baby Boomers Are Running The Country)