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A New Pipeline Going in the Right Direction

By Jack_Popiel, published on Mar 25, 2012

The latest debate in energy policy concerns the “Keystone XL” pipeline. Supporters declare the project essential to U.S. “energy independence”; opponents call it an environmental menace. Neither argument carries much weight.

The proposed pipeline would carry oil from the Alberta tar sands to processing and shipping hubs on the Gulf Coast, from where the oil and refined products would be shipped worldwide. There is nothing in the project limiting the oil to American domestic use.

On the environmental side, the fact is that the U.S. is crisscrossed by tens of thousands of miles... (more)

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The Enemy Within

By Jack_Popiel, published on Feb 28, 2012

American politics have become dangerously adversarial. Whatever the cause or party, the other side is increasingly designated as “the enemy”, with imputed evil intent against our country and everything we hold dear. Only the total defeat of this enemy can be a satisfactory outcome.

This is wrong for two reasons: first, because such an attitude is unrealistic. Second, because it is un-American.

Our true enemy is not the “other side”. It is ideology, a mental and emotional framework which divides the world into “good” and “evil” parts.

Ideology is a man-made worldview which... (more)

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The Iran End Game – Nuclear Trouble in the Middle East

By Jack_Popiel, published on Feb 25, 2012

The Iran nuclear weapons issue is hovering over all other uncertainties besetting the world. In recent weeks it has become more pressing and more ominous. Both the United States and Europe are implementing additional sanctions even as military intervention chatter grows in the background.

Why? The U.S. is in an election year, a time when foreign concerns are usually ignored. Europe has many other problems, and generally takes a neutral stance on Middle East issues. Why would it reduce its own oil supply – and raise oil prices - when its economy is shaky?

The answer may well be... (more)

Tags: iran, nuclear-armed iran

The Global Insurrection

By Jack_Popiel, published on Jan 18, 2012

“The authorities are trying to respond but are running out of time. There is a danger of a revolution because in the conditions of a political desert there are no parties or politicians to channel this colossal social energy into a constructive solution”.

Nicolai Petrov, Moscow Carnegie Institute, December 2011 – Comment on the popular reaction to the official results of the Duma election.

“Revolution” is no idle word in Russia. Mr. Petrov, for his part, has worked at the highest levels of Russian government and media since the final years of the Soviet Union. Having lived through... (more)

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State of Denial

By Jack_Popiel, published on Dec 27, 2011

1941: The Axis powers grind up the world while Americans vainly hope they can escape war. Denial translates into isolationism. Instead of facing the undeniable danger to the nation, politicians occupy themselves with sterile disputes of Right versus Left.

2011: Seventy years later unequal trade is destroying the global (and U.S.) economy while America clings to the illusion of globalization. Denial translates into blind faith in “free trade”, that the promised pot of gold will appear at the end of the ever receding rainbow. Instead of halting the destruction of the U.S. economy politicians,... (more)

Tags: pearl harbor, right vs. left, illusion of globalization, free trade, 2012 election

The Third Russian Revolution

By Jack_Popiel, published on Dec 9, 2011

A month ago the results of the vote for the Russian Duma (lower chamber of parliament) appeared settled – both for foreigners and for Russians, many of whom did not bother to vote. When the results came in, early this week, everything was back in question.

The massive loss of votes and face by the ruling party, in the midst of apparent popular resignation, suggests parallels with the Middle East. There also regimes in firm control for decades were suddenly upset and/or overthrown by unexpected popular movements – a process that is still underway.

Is Russia next in line?

The... (more)

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Are Governments Dying?

By Jack_Popiel, published on Nov 28, 2011

For the second time this year, the United States government has failed to solve a simple problem: how to provide basic services to the population while keeping the government solvent. Added to that is a complete absence of policy to restart the American economy, up to recently the most dynamic and inventive in the world.

What happened to our government?

One easy answer is that America has entered a period of terminal decline. With this assertion go the usual nostrums about the decrepitude of the West, the “Asian century” and the global power shift to China. But evidence supporting... (more)

Tags: american government

China at the Cliff

By Jack_Popiel, published on Oct 29, 2011

In September 2007, as our credit bubble was starting its collapse, China’s meteoric rise was the subject of universal admiration. We disagreed with this view, and wrote an essay titled “The Chinese Disaster” outlining the flaws in the Chinese growth model and suggesting a potentially disastrous end to the experiment.

Four years later it is appropriate to revisit both analysis and forecast.

Our first theme in the original essay was the lack of an ethical system underlying China’s current development. After Mao had “burned the books” and destroyed China’s 2500-year old ethical foundation... (more)

Tags: china, globalization failure, world economy, popular revolt

Economic Crisis: The Political Reckoning

By Jack_Popiel, published on Oct 25, 2011

The recent weeks’ mayhem in the markets – and the authorities’ apparent inability to do more than slow it down somewhat – establishes one fact: that the economy, global or national, has not been fixed.

The administration’s response to the crisis has been massive bail-outs and cash transfers. This has somewhat eased the electorate’s pain, but only postponed the final explosion of anger and frustration prolonged downturns tend to generate.

The Federal Reserve’s prescription was to put the financial system on life support with huge injections of no-cost (zero interest) money. The... (more)

Tags: economy, globalization, talk radio hosts, stock markets, the right, the left

Are French Voters on to Something?

By Jack_Popiel, published on Oct 24, 2011

The French presidential election is next spring, and the Socialist party had a great idea for their primary: open the voting to all French citizens, Socialist and otherwise.

It worked. Participation was far better than expected, and the party got great press coverage. There was, however, a surprise.

A young provincial lawyer, Arnaud Montebourg, came from total obscurity to third place in the primary, with 17% of votes cast. In the process he beat two well-known party stalwarts.

His platform (?) opposition to globalization, with a raft of measures to bring the French economy... (more)

Tags: socialism, globalization, middle east, french voters, arnaud montebourg, martene le pen

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