Month: July 2019

The Condition of the World Economy

A very good discussion of the world economy by two Marxist-Leninists. I agree with virtually everything they say except for, of course, their interpretation of the role of Communism in the industrial development of the Eastern world. The Communist revolutions that took place in the East and the […]

Who Am I?

Occasionally, new readers will come to this site and ask who I am and what I’m about? Briefly, this is me: Over the past 20 years or so, I have written half a dozen books, hundreds of essays, given dozens of lectures, done hundreds of podcasts and radio […]

Are these viable predictions for the future?

-North, Central, and South America will become increasingly integrated into a Schengen-like borderless trade zone. -US international hegemony will begin to recede due to imperial overstretch with international power increasingly being ceded to transnational institutions. -Class relations in the US will increasingly resemble the “Third World” (traditional) model, […]

Nukes For Peace?

By Nicky Reid aka Comrade Hermit Exile in Happy Valley Surrounded by trigger happy Tonkinesque gunboats and drowning in debt, the Islamic Republic of Iran has made the risky decision to play the last card left in their deck; to defy the P5+1 Deal in order to save […]

Iran nuclear scale-down

Press TV. Watch here. In this edition of The Debate, Press TV interviews Keith Preston, chief editor at AttacktheSystem.com from Richmond, VA and Robert Fantina, author, activist, and journalist from Kitchener, on Iran’s scaling down of the JCPOA commitments, at a time the country’s uranium enrichment level exceeds […]

A History of Decentralization

aragon.black Jun 11, 2019 14 minute read (full) First let’s decentralize history… This month’s thematic has been a real challenge for us and raised many questions in our minds. Why? The history of decentralization is complex and non-linear. But most of all, it is difficult to be considered from […]

Neanderthals glued their tools together

arstechnica.com KIONA N. SMITH Neanderthals glued their stone tools into place on wooden handles, a new study suggests. Archaeologists found chemical traces of pine resin on 10 stone tools from Grotta del Fossellone and Grotta di Sant’Agostino, on the western coast of central Italy. That’s pretty solid evidence […]

Oregon’s Tsunami Risk

New article from the lady who wrote “The Really Big One,” that Pulitzer Prize winning article about the inevitable super earthquake that is supposedly going to destroy a nice chunk of the coastal Northwest. If this kind of stuff interests you I’d recommend reading this article before reading the […]

Why we disagree about human nature

Elizabeth Hannon & Tim Lewens (Eds) Why we disagree about human nature.Oxford University Press, 2018. 206 pp. £30 hbk. JULY 1, 2019 By Simon Jarrett If one day a disturbingly precocious child were to ask what part you had played in the nature/ nurture war, what would you reply? Were […]

The Long, Slow Death of Venice

The local population is at its lowest since the 1950s, with no turnaround in sight, as tourists continue to chase locals out. by Chiara Albanese, Giovonni Salzano, and Federico Vespignani If you’ve been to Venice, you get it. Even the most jaded globetrotter can’t help but do a […]

11 Micronations in Europe You Never Knew Existed

This needs to become a global trend, like McDonald’s. By Harry Stewart The culture trip. We’ve all heard of places like Liechtenstein and the Vatican, tiny European nations with minuscule populations. Yet these are internationally recognized states—actual countries, if you will. Even more bizarre are Europe’s micronations: quirky […]

How to build your own country

By Joe Quirk CNN If you’d like to live in a country that caters to your values and lifestyle, why not build your own? Nearly half the earth’s surface is a blue frontier over which no country holds sovereignty, and startup cities that float permanently in international waters […]