“We are Forerunners. Guardians of all that exists. The roots of the Galaxy have grown deep under our careful tending. Where there is life, the wisdom of our countless generations has saturated the soil. Our strength is a luminous sun, towards which all intelligence blossoms… And the impervious shelter, beneath which it has prospered.”

Economic force multipliers

Economic force multipliers

Note: the following post is an expansion of a series of lengthy comments that I made on my Telegram channel earlier today. The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) conference wrapped up in Samarkand, Uzbekistan (not Astana, Kazakhstan, which is what I mistakenly...
Losing battles to win wars

Losing battles to win wars

The past five days or so have been rather bewildering ones for those of us following developments in the 404 War. Starting on September 9th, basically, the Ukrainians launched a major counteroffensive designed to take back territory in the Kharkov region in the...
The twenty-one year emergency

The twenty-one year emergency

You all know what today is. You all remember where you were, 21 years ago today. Think about that span of time carefully. If your child was born in that year, that same child would already have passed the ages of maturity for driving, voting, and drinking in the...
Suffering through Idiocracy

Suffering through Idiocracy

If you’ve never come across one Sam Vaknin before, I assure you, it is worth your time to go and look him up. He is an extraordinarily brilliant man – his IQ is apparently somewhere around 180 (or so he says). He did a PhD thesis about – and I wish I...
When economists fail MAFF and LODJIK

When economists fail MAFF and LODJIK

The good people over at Visual Capitalist recently released a big-ass graphic that has been making the rounds of late, to mark the fact that the global economy hit US$100 TRILLION in terms of total annual output. This is an amazing feat and a great milestone, to be...
The divine right of kings

The divine right of kings

There was a robust discussion the other day on my Telegram channel about whether or not democracy is desirable. You can read the chat for yourself, I won’t go into the full details here. Suffice to say that I got rather annoyed by certain attempts to go off...
The failure of the NEW new economics

The failure of the NEW new economics

Decades ago (almost literally, by now), when Yer Very ‘Eavy, Very ‘Umble Servant were a wee lad busily frittering away his misspent yoot in university in Central Big Shitty, I was studying mathematics and economics at a Very Prestigious University. In my...
The usurper and the dying lands

The usurper and the dying lands

As I pointed out to subscribers of my Telegram channel – join via that link if you haven’t already, our community is a really good one, even if I do say so myself – a couple of days ago, the current chaos and collapse that my American friends see in...
An academic take on the Russian way of war

An academic take on the Russian way of war

[Note: I posted this earlier to my Telegram channel, in shortened form. Join if you haven’t already.] Here is a very interesting broadcast from the Modern War Institute, featuring Dr. Phillip Karber, about the lessons to be learned from the Russian offensive in...
Bandera, Ukraine, and the downside of nationalism

Bandera, Ukraine, and the downside of nationalism

I had a chance to visit Spain late last summer, and it was quite a glorious experience. Spain is a beautiful, vibrant, wonderful place with tremendous food, amazing architecture, and a very European way of life – which is to say, all about sun, sangria, and...
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