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The Fifty Steps of Crisis Eras by Oliver DeMille

Note to the Reader: I offered this list three years ago in early 2010, and since then the steps of crisis have advanced. I felt it was time to review and see where we are right now. Today I added a few words of commentary that update things since 2010—these are at the very end of this list. If you want, feel free to skip to the end and read the … [Read more...]

Type A Voters and the Simple Fix

By Oliver DeMille Raghuram Rajan of the University of Chicago recently said in Foreign Affairs (May/June 2012):   For decades before the financial crisis of 2008, advanced economies were losing their ability to grow by making useful things. "But they needed to somehow replace the jobs that had been lost to technology and foreign … [Read more...]

The Grand Strategy for 2012

By Oliver DeMille 1. Two Speeches Several years ago I spoke at a seminar on international affairs and I predicted that in the next few years the United States would adopt a new Grand Strategy. I outlined America’s historical Grand Strategies, from Constitutionalism (1789-1820) and Manifest Destiny (1820-1900) to Nationalism (1900-1945) and … [Read more...]

The Greatest Lust Of All: Power Over Others

Over grown military establishments are under any form of government inauspicious to liberty, and are to be regarded as particularly hostile to republican liberty.–George Washington In 1930s Germany, a unitary leader plead for sufficient power to make his homeland safe from the threats faced by his nation. The German people and their … [Read more...]

The Iranian Terror Plot: A Matter of Trust

I’m finding it harder to trust our federal government or the mass media to tell us the truth. Especially when it comes to the latest “terror plot” that’s allegedly surfaced. Like the little boy who cried “wolf”, too many federal officials have sought to further their foreign policy ambitions by telling us outlandish tales of foiled terror … [Read more...]

Brother Beck Jumps the Shark

For sheer entertainment, Glenn Beck is at the top of his game. His characteristic sarcasm, his irreverent, over-the-top humor and his undeniable passion have propelled him to rightful status as a top talk radio personality. Beck is reminiscent of a young Rush Limbaugh, who tackled the topics others dared not and gleefully skewered every … [Read more...]

Is America Becoming Like Europe?

By Oliver DeMille For decades, many elite liberals in America have wanted the United States to become more like Europe. During the Cold War the NATO agreement naturally kept Europe and the U.S. in a cooperative relationship. But after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, an Atlantic divide appeared as U.S. and European Union interests … [Read more...]

Our New National Hymn: How Great We Art

By Bryan Hyde "Raise their heads on gilded poles! Roast the fatted calf! We need a rousing song--summon Toby Keith!" - from The Onion on the killing of Usay & Quday Hussein by U.S forces in 2003. The past couple of weeks have revealed a great deal about the character of the average American. It's not exactly good news either. When … [Read more...]

China and the US Decline

By Oliver DeMille “According to the Pew Research Centre, some 87% of Chinese, 50% of Brazilians and 45% of Indians, think their country is going in the right direction, whereas 31% of Britons, 30% of Americans and 26% of the French do….For most of its history America has kept its promise to give its citizens a good chance of living better than … [Read more...]

The Globocracy

By Oliver DeMille One of the most significant changes brought by the American revolution and founding was the replacement of an aristocratic class system with the ideal of a democratic society—supported by a federal-democratic-republic form of government and free enterprise economic system. Today we are witnessing a similar shift, but in a … [Read more...]