A bonanza of fool’s gold

Dr Zachary Karabell, a well-known investment advisor, author and commentator, reminds us, in an article in Foreign Affairs, that "Most Americans learned in school that the New Deal, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s sweeping response to the Great Depression, was a turning point in U.S. history. For 90 years, the progressive projects and reforms collected under … Continue reading A bonanza of fool’s gold

Another “exactly right” notion

David Staples, an award-winning journalist, writing about a week ago in the Edmonton Journal, got it exactly right. After noting, correctly, that "There are a good number of sober, sensible actions that will change the world from a smoggy and smoky place into a clean and prosperous home for us all ... [but] ... Lashing out … Continue reading Another “exactly right” notion

A crisis of governance

I have been arguing for some time that liberalism, and with it democracy, are under stress. I see the stressors coming from two directions: From autocrats like Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping; and From populists ~ Donald J Trump being their frontman. But Thomas Carothers of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, writing in Foreign … Continue reading A crisis of governance

The Palmerston effect; or who is the puppet master?

There is a video, published by The Guardian, making the rounds on social media which shows Princess Ann, French President Emmanuel Macron and Prime Ministers Boris Johnson, Mark Rutte (I think) and Justin Trudeau chatting, it appears, about President Trump who made long, rambling press conferences of his meetings with President Macron and Prime Minister … Continue reading The Palmerston effect; or who is the puppet master?

Make China Great Again?

Yesterday, I asked: "Why" is China drifting away from Deng Xiaoping's vision and back, it seems to me, towards Maoism. In an opinion piece in the Globe and Mail, award-winning author and scholar Professor Julia Lovell of the University of London draws an interesting parallel with Donald Trump. Xi Jinping, she suggests, at "The plenum resolution … Continue reading Make China Great Again?

China’s future

Remember, back in 2013, well before the Liberals won the 2015 election, when Justin Trudeau said: "There's a level of admiration I actually have for China, because [of] their basic dictatorship." He doubled down on those remarks, explaining that "his comment was a reflection on a growing economy." In fact, he wasn't alone in that … Continue reading China’s future

I really don’t understand …

... what Xi Jinping and the small handful of men and women who surround him are thinking. I cannot make any strategic sense out of their handling of the Hong Kong situation. It seems to me, and I would be very grateful if someone would tell me why and how I am wrong, that a … Continue reading I really don’t understand …

Canada’s (missing) foreign policy

Two days ago I said that "there is a real, measurable difference between the Conservatives and the Trudeau Liberals on important vital strategic issues. Justin Trudeau and Chrystia Freeland have failed pretty much every test, including renegotiating NAFTA. Why would anyone trust them with the reins of government again?" Then, yesterday I said "Canada and Canadians, and liberals and democrats … Continue reading Canada’s (missing) foreign policy

A new Hong Kong strategy?

Those who know me, personally, will also know that the ongoing political crisis in Hong Kong is at the top of my mind, but I have refrained from discussing it because I'm not sure I understand enough of the nuances. Maybe I still don't, but here goes ... I think I might understand why the … Continue reading A new Hong Kong strategy?