America’s Cycles of Change

Gathering Storm

Nothing ever changes in Northern Ireland. It’s caught in a mad eternal time warp that Doctor Who himself couldn’t shift.

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

This year marks the centennial anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution and the birth of the Soviet Union. If Russian President Vladimir Putin has spent the past 17 years since being appointed president as Boris Yeltsin’s heir on December 31, 1999 we should expect to see an enormous, endless series of parades, celebrations, regrets and pageantry to engulf the largest country on earth.

The results in particular of the 2016 electoral contests demonstrated an extraordinary paradox. Hillary Clinton received well over 65 million votes, one of the three greatest showings of any political candidate of either party in US history. Only Obama himself in 2008 and 2012 has ever won more votes.

The Democratic Party in the United States is the oldest and most long-lasting political party on earth, whether one choses to date its actual founding at the beginning of the 19th century by such luminaries as Thomas Jefferson, Aaron Burr and the Tammany Hall political organization in New York City, or its successful ascent to national power with the triumph of Democratic voting rights for white males in Andrew Jackson’s victorious election campaign in 1828.

US President-elect Donald Trump can be taken at his word about his sincerity in wanting to restore good relations with Russia: He is certain to find welcome potential partners in Moscow; but his greatest difficulties with implementing such a policy will be in Washington, DC.

The problem of resolving conflicts between not just state but also regional interests were well understood by the Founding Fathers.

Science has degenerated from the uncovering of the infinite complex and unpredictable ways the universe actually works to a conformist, closed-minded consensus. We have regressed from the empiricism of Aristotle to the arrogant, closed-minded fantasies of Plato.

In his keynote foreign policy speech at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington in April 2016, Donald Trump, now the President-elect, showed an admirable awareness of the need to defuse nuclear tensions with the superpowers.

The Real Threats to the Human Race

Thu, 08 December 2016

The greatest single immediate pollution threat to our world is the mass expansion of our own species.