I have 2 fans: Become a Fan. You'll get emails whenever I post articles on OpEdNews
James R. Brett, Ph.D. taught Russian History before (and during) a long stint as an academic administrator in faculty research administration. His academic interests are the modern period of Russian History since Peter the Great, Chinese History, the history of science, and the history of ideas, including psychology and consciousness studies. He is retired and living on the Left Coast.
The Fed is out of chips, basically, so we need another player. Can Congress stomach the stakes of this very dangerous situation?
Wednesday, July 21, 2010(14 comments)
Amazing Oracle at OpEdNews
The Obama presidency is NOT, despite what you might read here, going down the tubes. The sad fact is that some writers cannot keep the big picture in focus.
Sunday, July 18, 2010(17 comments)
The Empire Strikes Back
The Pope and the College of Cardinals and the Curia have made a critical and I believe FATAL mistake. The Church will now enter its final stage of slow dissolution and inevitable decay.
Fanny & Freddy Are F-Words
FannyMae and FreddyMac need a house-cleaning. Their latest ploy is completely counter-productive and begs for new management.
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Revolution Both Sides of the Border
There is more to the immigration paralysis than the MSM is willing to chatter about. Mexico is a failed state, but U.S. interests are that it not become a revolutionary hotbed. Much better to be a stable narcokleptocracy, don't you think!
Friday, July 2, 2010
The Funny Bone of Economic Politics
We are headed over a cliff. Unemployment is represented to be 9.5% but where it counts, 12%, with 50% of Americans directly affected by lowered income, hours, or complete loss of jobs. As this crisis continues to deepen, we have to keep our wits and understand the reasons we are outraged.
Monday, June 28, 2010
The Paradox of Economic Stress Disorder
Toronto may be the turning point, but we don't yet know whether we have turned toward recovery or toward irrationalism and a long double-dip into economic (and psychological) depression.
Forgiveness Includes Consequences!
The Pope's plea for forgiveness did not include an admission of personal guilt. Blanket amnesties are not in the cards. There must be consequences.
Sunday, June 13, 2010(1 comments)
Irony! Maybe ...
The Press is at a wit's end. Obama is not what they hoped, a genial user of the press to fashion a better world, a person ready to take meaningless carping in an understanding way. Instead, the press seems ready to carve an effigy of Barack Hussein Obama that he will not soon forget.
Saturday, June 5, 2010
Reckless behavior of Israel will eventually isolate that country, even from the goodwill of the United States.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010(1 comments)
Theories of Change ... and Now Paralysis
An extension of David Brooks's thoughtful column today on Change. We hate it and we love it. We obviously need it. There are many who have already given up, saying that we are incapable of orderly change.
New Yorker Magazine's Hendrick Hertzberg gives Pope Benedict's Church a virtual pass. Since when are medieval indulgences a greater evil than raping children!
Sunday, April 11, 2010(6 comments)
Forging a Green Economy
Global warming and the attendant climate change is the greatest challenge we face as a species, not because of the probably dire consequences, but because of who we are.
Tuesday, March 30, 2010(3 comments)
Hot Seething Anger
Satisfied human beings dislike (even hate) change. Progress is a dirty word to the self-satisfied. For the rest of us Change is necessary for our lives. For others Change requires reconsidering an entire world view. It is painful and that is what we are experiencing now--their pain.
China's monetary policy is not helping the rest of the world emerge from the Great Recession, but it is helping them bootstrap. The question is whether it is precedent for an aggressive China when they become #1.
Sunday, March 7, 2010
High Hopes Strangled in Their Cradle
The etiology of malfunctioning politics is very likely an "emergent property," one which emanates from the essential parts working (or actually not working) together effectively.
The Problem in the White House
Smell the smoke! There is a fire under Rahm Emanuel and it is about time. With luck we can rid ourselves of this carbuncle on the Presidency.
Saturday, February 27, 2010(5 comments)
Playing Games While the Planet Warms and Climates Change
Disputing facts about global warming is gaming the ignorance of the public. It would not matter, if after the damage is done we who survive could rid ourselves of those who deny the truth. The problem is one of leadership and that is sorely lacking.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
The "God Gap"?
Religious tolerance is our creed. We respect all religions, but we do not proclaim one above others. That is the American way. Make sure the zealots do not get traction on this issue.
Monday, February 22, 2010(3 comments)
"Starve the Beast"
Paul Krugman does a good job of pinning the GOP slogan to the wall. Now we need to understand the reasons for it ... and it is not all because they don't trust bureaucrats.
Saturday, February 13, 2010(2 comments)
A Fatal Flaw
Charles M. Blow nails the Obama problem. The question is whether Obama has the guts to change.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
The Slow Motion Implosion of the EU
Ominous rumblings from the southern tier in Europe are visibly on Germany's plate and silently on ours. In the Navy we would say "stand by for heavy rolls."
How China Thinks
Sergei Brin, Larry Page, and Hillary Clinton have turned a corner in the progress of the global culture we are constructing. China's leaders will be left behind. The very forces of history that have humbled China will free her finally. We call it the Internet.
Unacceptable Failure in Washington
Coakley ran without help. DSCC, DNC, and the White House all dropped the ball. It is time to look at the top and see the cause. Obama, Emanuel, and Axelrod all failed! At least Emanuel should lose his head for it!
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Listen Up, Obama!
You have just witnessed righteous and seething anger. Massachusetts is telling Washington how it feels. It feels betrayed and dismayed and angry as hell! Obama has 30 days at best to take a different path with different people. If he doesn't the Democrats are going to be trounced in November. But, there is good news: the Progressive Movement now knows that it must be free of the corruption and lethargy in the Democratic Party.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010(3 comments)
Rahm Must Go!
We have a month, perhaps, to save the 2010 "mid-term" elections. If we do not do the obvious, then Democrats will lose big ... and so will Obama. He must fire Rahm Emanuel at once.
Monday, January 18, 2010
Law of the Jungle
The democracy of the world wide web requires informed and responsible citizenship, just as our nation's democracy does. Loose Lips Sink Ships and flawed browsers like MSIE are no different. It is time for a change YOU can make.
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Do You See What I See?
Human perception is a mixed bag, as this little experiment begins to show. The implications for democracy are interesting. It may be that only with a broad consensus are we getting the full picture. It also may be that we should listen more carefully to minority opinion.
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Disappointment and Defection
The Greek chorus is getting louder and louder. The emperor's clothes are falling away. His base is eroding. His goodwill is full of holes. Barack Obama has only a few months in which to make up the difference, or he will be facing a very hostile Congress in 2011 and probable defeat in 2012.
Friday, December 18, 2009
It is time to change the Senate. We are a mature democracy now, and we don't need the Senate as it currently is provided for in the Constitution or by its own rules!
Monday, December 14, 2009(7 comments)
"The People Speak"
The History Channel has a winner, but the establishment and the elite don't think so. Should we be surprised? No, we should demand that this theme become part of the curriculum everywhere!
Saturday, December 12, 2009(2 comments)
The Psychologies of Conservatism and Liberalism
What looks like a simple psychological assessment schema conceals entailments in human behavior that have troubled societies from the beginning. In the U.S. the strain on conservatives is reaching a breaking point.
Monday, December 7, 2009
Divergent Views on Copenhagen
The politics of Global Warming will not suffice. We need a Marshall Plan, a concerted effort, an intelligent plan of coordinated action.
The Afghan Conundrum
The basic story is that Cheney-Bush really screwed this up and now we have to find a solution that does not actually invite terrorism. Tuesday's speech and decisions are nothing but temporizing measures to provide time to clean of eight years worth of Republican Neocon arrogance and stupidity.
Monday, November 30, 2009(2 comments)
Open Letter to Iran
Dear Citizens of Iran,
Here's some friendly advice.
the rest of the world (mostly ...)
Wednesday, November 25, 2009(9 comments)
Jobs! Can They Not Hear and See?
The honeymoon is definitely over. The Obama Administration has shown its hand and the hand is empty. The country's best columnist agree that something serious is amiss in the West Wing, not just across the breadth and length of our land. Enjoy your Thanksgiving repast, but remember there are millions who cannot!
Saturday, November 21, 2009
The End of an Era?
The portent for our holiday economy is laden with opportunity for even more unemployment, bankruptcies and business failures.
Do these in turn portend an end to American consumerism. The answer is not "no"; it is "maybe," and that is good!
Friday, November 20, 2009
Reasons Not to Abandon Afghanistan
While looking for reasons to stay in Afghanistan, it would be beneficial to check out some of the assumptions being bandied about these days.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
The Illusions of Arrogance
Neil Gabler's essay on American exceptionalism is excellent and points out that our hubris will certainly bring us down ... way down. It does not matter, exactly, why this mythos was created, even if for the best of intentions. It is a rope around our necks and we must free ourselves from it.
Finding reasonable and attainable goals for the AfPak war would be difficult enough, but many are playing politics with the issue.
Saturday, September 26, 2009
"Beyond insanity," is what he called it and he was there and knows. The radical fundamentalist apocalypic Armageddon and Rapture waiting fringe is not to be ignored, but the problem is not them. It's Congress, right and left and we have to fix that first.