By David Murrin, author of Breaking the Code of History –
Donald Trump is no doubt a strong leader and the majority of his policies are the right ones to reassert American influence. However, domestically Trump – and thus America – are in a precarious position. Trump faces dissension at all levels, and perhaps even more seriously, the on-going potential of impeachment.
This domestic resistance has impeded some of his chosen policies, foremost of which is his Russian policy. This was designed to pull Putin back into the western fold and thereby surround China as in the cold war.
In the Book of The Future I suggested nine key elements to implement a successful America containment policy of China:
- Learn To respect and understand Chinese history and Culture.
- Stabilize the US Financial system, especially with respect to its debt burden.
Robert Mugabe’s speech at Zimbabwe’s independence in April 1980 focused on peace and reconciliation. It drew sighs of relief from white Zimbabweans and the West.
Mugabe was eloquent, highly educated, and seemed eminently reasonable. He was the very model of a modern African leader—a technocrat and the antithesis of corrupt, venal leaders such as Congo’s Mobutu Sese Seko. The West swooned.
Thirty-seven years later President Mugabe was swept from power as his reign of brutality and autocratic control crumbled within days of a military takeover. The bombshell news was delivered by the parliament speaker to a special joint session of the assembly that had convened to impeach Mugabe.
Soon, despite the peoples’ hope, disappointment followed.
With Colorado expected to join, the National Popular Vote compact is about to snag its first purple state.
By Nathaniel Rakich of FiveThirtyEight –
When Donald Trump won the presidency in 2016, it was the fourth time in American history — and the second time this century — that a candidate won the Electoral College but lost the popular vote. Now a group of voting-rights activists is working to prevent any future presidents from taking office the same way.
The National Popular Vote initiative seeks to set up an interstate compact that would effectively do an end run around the Electoral College without actually abolishing it.
Where’s the US?
By Rob Picheta and Kieron Mirchandani of CNN –
The world is moving towards legal gender equality — but it’s moving very, very slowly.
Only six countries currently give women and men equal rights, the World Bank has found. That’s an increase — from zero — compared to a decade ago. But the rate of progress…
By Maggie Koerth-Baker of FiveThirtyEight –
Booze-filled, chaperone-free parties. Teasing that crossed the line under the influence of alcohol. Relatively shy young men who became “aggressive and even belligerent” when drinking. Whatever the behavior of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, it’s become clear that the circles he traveled in as a young man — both at prep school and later Yale University — were characterized by young men drinking, a lot. And by young women whose social interactions were fraught with danger.
Every drink is downed amid cultural expectations and societally mediated attitudes about women and power. Those things — and how young men absorb them — have a stronger causal influence than the alcohol alone. When a man feels entitled to assault someone, he may get drunk before he does it, but the decision to act was ultimately his alone.