The Future of Our Political Parties

Some time ago I wrote a piece comparing our time with the middle 19th century, when the Republican Party was born. The Republican leaders’ astuteness in reading the nation’s mood and providing answers to the key issues led to their taking full con … [Read more...]

Oil, War and the Future of Energy

Oil prices are plunging, and so is the cost of gasoline. While this is pleasant in the short term, on a longer time scale it carries considerable risks: war, recession and possibly a protracted energy crisis. We alluded to this in an earlier … [Read more...]

The Benefits of Coexistence

Fourteen years ago U.S. forces moved into Afghanistan, and we have been at war ever since. Afghanistan has not been “fixed”, and the war theatre has expanded to Iraq, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Yemen and part of the Sahara. Terrorism is more alive than ev … [Read more...]

1854 Political Realignment….…again in 2016?

Our political establishment is in increasing disarray. Cornered between a reckless but dominant federal Administration and an increasingly rebellious (and armed) populace, it appears ready to split into warring factions, and possibly sink into … [Read more...]

U.S. and Russia – Cooperation or Conflict?

In my first article on U.S.-Russian relations I outlined the features shared by the two nations and their peaceful co-existence up to 1917. The second dealt with the issue of Soviet communism and its impact. In Cold War years, both powers sought … [Read more...]

U.S. and Russia – Anatomy of a “Cold” War

From the early 1600’s to WW I the United States and Russia pursued their national interests in peace and friendship. This changed after the Russian Revolution of 1917, which gave rise to the Soviet Union (USSR, or Union of Soviet Socialist R … [Read more...]

Hamilton to TTP – A History of U.S. Trade Policy

The strongest argument for “Free Trade” – commerce without controls or taxation at national borders – was made by Adam Smith in his book “The Wealth of Nations”. Smith argued that if trade was unrestrained, every nation would specialize in producing t … [Read more...]

USA and Russia – The Common Foundation

The Russian military intervention in Syria has raised, in some quarters, talk of WW III – a direct confrontation between the two nuclear superpowers. Others have spoken – in connection with the Ukraine situation – of a return to the Cold War. … [Read more...]

Footing the Bill for Dependence on China

In earlier articles we have pointed out that China’s economy is headed downwards, with major problems facing government and people.  History shows that such situations, if serious enough, have led to the breakdown of the Chinese state As the Un … [Read more...]

China’s Rise……and Fall?

A few weeks ago we examined the source of China’s “meteoric” rise to the rank of second largest world economy, and concluded that the “miracle” was essentially a one-off play based on offering the lowest cost for the production of goods for export.  I … [Read more...]