The End of “The End of History” – U.S. Mid-East Policy’s Fork in the Road

In 1989 Francis Fukayama declared that we had reached “The End of History.”  Democracy as a form of government would, in fact, be the end of the evolution of human interaction.  The West had triumphed and that the rest was ‘just a chase scene,’ to borrow a phrase from Neal Stephenson’s brilliant dystopian novel “Snow … Continue reading The End of “The End of History” – U.S. Mid-East Policy’s Fork in the Road

Segwit 2x Called Off – The Power of Self-Governance

For most of the Segwit 2x debate I was on the sidelines, frankly.  I didn’t really care what was happening because I didn’t truly understand the politics of the situation.  And I freely admit that. In recent days, however, it became clear to me that Segwit 2x was nothing more than an attempt to centralize … Continue reading Segwit 2x Called Off – The Power of Self-Governance

Will Trump Ever Learn to Not Play Chess Against Persians

In all of my discussions of geopolitics, whenever someone begins to bring up Iran as a bunch of savages, parroting the neocon talking point, I remind them that they are Persians. And the Persians invented chess. Lumping Iran in with the dregs of the Arab world – ISIS, al-Qaeda, etc. – is not only ignorant … Continue reading Will Trump Ever Learn to Not Play Chess Against Persians