Category Archives: History

Ming China, Precursor to European Dictatorship: Part 3, Corporatist Economic Policy

  In the first post of this series, I defined fascism as: a political system distinguished by an emphasis on patriarchal, rural values; corporatist economic policy; extreme nationalism and patriotism, often involving extreme xenophobia and/or racism; and militant authoritarianism in … Continue reading

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Sorry Folks, America Was Never a Democracy!

In recent years, many Americans have become increasingly concerned about the end of democracy in the United States.  A recent study conducted by political scientists Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page that has gone viral has generated mass attention by … Continue reading

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A Fourth Rome: Is Russia the New Seat of Christendom?

In the history of Western civilization, (or Greco-Roman Christendom, as I prefer to call it,) perhaps no development is as important as the rise of the Roman Empire.  Its transition from a tiny city-state in central Italy to vast empire … Continue reading

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Jihad vs. McWorld in New York: A Reflection on the Bloomberg-de Blasio Disparity

In 1992, political scientist Benjamin Barber proposed a theory in the Atlantic Monthly.  According to this theory, the forces of globalization and corporate influence, that have become influential worldwide, created tensions with the traditional cultures and values in parts of … Continue reading

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Bo Xilai: Good PR, Bad Politics

Since his downfall as a major figure in the Communist Party of China and his subsequent trial on charges of bribery, abuse of power, and corruption, democracy and reform activists, both Chinese and non-Chinese, have come to the defense of … Continue reading

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Pharaohs, Field Marshals, and Fatwas: What Morsi’s Fall Means for Egyptian Politics and Society

Since February 2011, when pro-democracy protestors in Egypt successfully removed thirty-year secularist president Hosni Mubarak from power, experts and laymen alike have offered varying predictions about what would be in store in Egypt’s political future. These same questions arose in … Continue reading

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The Madness of Sultan Recep: Why the West Hasn’t Lost Turkey (At Least For Now.)

Over the past decade, many in the West have become alarmed at the apparent shift in the political leanings of the Republic of Turkey under the government of prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.  Once a solid ally of the West … Continue reading

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How the Democrats and Republicans Dupe Their Bases

For those of you who read my blog, you have probably figured out by now that I feel that the Democratic and Republican Parties are, to put it politely, pieces of garbage. Despite the different rhetoric that politicians and pundits … Continue reading

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Are US-Iran Hostilities Nearing an End? The Disaffected American Thinks So!

Over the past seven years or so, no foreign country has been perceived to pose as much of a  threat to the national security of the United States and its allies as the Islamic Republic of Iran.  Of particular concern … Continue reading

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The Bipartisan Paranoia of Global Warming

In recent years, a major topic of discussion among politicians and scientists is the threat of global warming, particularly influenced by human activity.  While scientists all but unanimously agree that man-made global warming is occurring, global warming as a political … Continue reading

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