Fear drives us to statism, protectionism, isolation and, potentionally, war

The rise of protectionism and the belief in the power (and good intentions) of the state that I described yesterday are no where more evident, in late 2016, than in tiny Wallonia and in our friendly giant of a neighbour, the USA. As Matt Gurney, writing in the National Post says, “It is no smallContinue reading “Fear drives us to statism, protectionism, isolation and, potentionally, war”

601

Six hundred and one years ago, today, King Henry V of England, with about 7,500 soldiers, many (6,000, perhaps?) of whom were English and Welsh archers using the deadly longbow, won the Battle of Agincourt against a much more powerful French army led by Charles d’Albret, the Constable of France, who had about 30,000 soldiers, 10,000Continue reading “601”

Everyman (again) on Russia (again)

The Economist has published an excellent article in which it suggests how the US led West should move to contain what it calls “Vladimir Putin’s deadly, dysfunctional empire.“ First the authors say, we need to understand that despite the facts that “Every week Vladimir Putin, Russia’s president, finds new ways to scare the world. RecentlyContinue reading “Everyman (again) on Russia (again)”

What’s Duterte doing? (More from Everyman)

One of the less reported but more important stories of the past week or so has been Philippines’ President Rodrigo Duterte’s pivot toward China, as The Economist calls it. That newspaper asks, “What is Mr Duterte up to?“ And it answers its own question by telling us to: “Bear in mind that development and growthContinue reading “What’s Duterte doing? (More from Everyman)”

No going back

I have thought, fairly often, as I write this blog, that my opinions are a reflection of my time and space: where and when I grew up and all the socio-economic and cultural influences that attended that. My time was the 1940s and ’50s when the Second World War was done, peace and prosperity wereContinue reading “No going back”

Free(er) Trade on the rocks

So, according to several reports, including a quite comprehensive one from the Canadian Press, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, as the Canada-EU free(er) trade deal is officially known, is just about dead ~ on life support, at best ~ while Wallonia, a French speaking region of Belgium tries to extract further concessions, in partContinue reading “Free(er) Trade on the rocks”

Electoral reform … again

The media is chock-a-block with reports that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is preparing to back away from his promise that … … Brian Gable, drawing in the Globe and Mail, sums it up rather well, I think: Many speculate that he is simply reacting to the fact that he remains wildly popular, that Canadians are,Continue reading “Electoral reform … again”

Military organizations

In my opinion, the Canadian Forces, in 2016, are poorly organized. There is, as I have explained, a huge, bloated morbidly obese command and control (C²) superstructure perched atop a Potemkin Village of combat naval, land and air forces that we like to pretend are combat ready. But the biggest problem is that we are organizedContinue reading “Military organizations”

An important distinction

Thanks, yet again, to my friend The Regimental Rogue, for posting the bit of very wise philosophy that needs to be kept top of mind in a liberal democracy … … here in my blog and in many others and in media outlets and, indeed, in pubs and in living rooms across Canada we expressContinue reading “An important distinction”

Parvi enim sunt foris arma, nisi est consilium domi

Matt Gurney, writing in the National Post, calls out Global Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion for what he calls “Online “slacktivism” — that exercise in virtue-signalling that requires no more commitment to a cause than a retweet or a Facebook like.” It is, he says, the new face of Canada’s foreign policy and, he says, “whatContinue reading “Parvi enim sunt foris arma, nisi est consilium domi”