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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 Presidential Election of 2012, Part 2: Putting Aside Partisanship

By Oliver DeMille This is Part Two of a two-part series. Read Part One here. Away from Arrogance With a Republican House, we now get to see if President Obama is only ideological (as some people claim) or if he has the ability to be a pragmatist. It is possible that President Obama is a pragmatist, but that he simply believes his own … [Read more...]

The Presidential Election of 2012, Part 1: The Benefits of Divided Government

By Oliver DeMille The Big Three Americans feel deeply and strongly about three things right now. All three have support on the right, the center and the left. These may well dominate the news and politics until the election of 2012, just as stimulus, health care and the midterm election overshadowed the discussions of 2009-2010. … [Read more...]

The New America

By Oliver DeMille The Age of Dependence We have recently changed as a people, and as a nation. I’m not sure exactly when the change occurred, but we are living in the new reality it has created. On the one hand, we have always been a nation dedicated to positive change. America was founded by breaking from the old world and … [Read more...]

America’s New Grand Strategy, Part 2: New Thinking

By Oliver DeMille This is Part 2 of a 2-part series. Read Part One Here. Problems with Grand “Tactics” Generals lose when they fail to learn the lessons of past wars; generals also lose when they attempt to fight new wars with old strategies. This adage applies even more to statesmen. To put this in context, each time a new grand … [Read more...]

America’s New Grand Strategy, Part 1: Internationalism and Beyond

By Oliver DeMille The United States is currently experiencing a Grand Strategy Crisis — and the most powerful nation in the world since the Roman Empire better get it right. Such a crisis typically comes along once a generation, when the nation drops its old grand strategy and selects a new one. Unfortunately, this significant change, … [Read more...]

Something New in the Middle East?

By Oliver DeMille For decades the Middle East has posed many challenges to American presidents. It seems every U.S. president wants to make history by helping negotiate a lasting peace in this difficult region. Few people feel a lot of optimism about this, however. Palestinians argue that they are a people under siege, a nation under … [Read more...]

Why Societies Decline, Part 2: Six Choices for Citizens

This is part 2 of a 2-part article. Read Part 1 Here If the first step of decline is arrogance, the second is “a time of troubles” where the actions of society and its institutions too often fall short of the people’s lofty ideals. For example, consider the era when Americans saw themselves as the land of the free, the best place in the … [Read more...]

Conditioning Us for the Next War

Just this morning I received an e-mail from a friend breathlessly warning of the dangers of impending Sharia law in America. The e-mail contained a series of photos of an Iranian boy whose arm was being crushed beneath a car's tire for the crime of stealing. Why aren't we bombing them already? Wow. I guess everything we've heard … [Read more...]

Why Our Current Brand of Capitalism is Inconsistent With Freedom

"The system of corporate life is a new power for which our language contains no name. We have no word to express government by moneyed corporations." -Charles Francis Adams Equal opportunity is the bedrock of freedom. This nation was established to preserve, protect, and ensure that opportunity. The United States (and the world) will need to … [Read more...]