Why is the U.S. Government so Broken?

Large Quantities of Small Rules Are Lethal. Individually, each discrete government rule may seem logical and benign, just like each little leech in a pond is benign to a human. However, a bucket full of leeches will suck all the blood from an adult human in about five minutes. This same principle applies in many […]

The Nonprofit, Nonpartisan Campaign Financing Platform

What is “The Platform”? The Platform is a temporary code word for the nonprofit, nonpartisan campaign financing platform that I’ve been working on for a while. The purpose of The Platform is to dramatically reduce the level of corruption in the U.S. federal government; diminish the destructive stranglehold that special interest group funding has over the electoral, legislative, and […]

Will the UK Escape the EU?

The UK will leave the European Union. It’s usually not wise to make absolute statements when discussing complex future economic and political events. However, sometimes the empirical data is so overwhelming that the outcome is relatively easy to predict if we ignore all the propaganda and noise in the media. The following chart illustrates the […]

Biology to Geopolitics: Evolving International Relations

The Pain-Pleasure Principle in Geopolitics. All behavior in the animal kingdom is governed by the avoidance of pain and the pursuit of pleasure. As we ascend from the primitive animals of Earth up to the pinnacle of human creation, we can observe that the pain-pleasure dynamic still governs all human behavior, but it assumes different […]

Power, Hegemony, and Geopolitical Balance

Should a State Seek Hegemony? “Hegemony” should be defined before discussing this topic. My definition: “Hegemony describes a dominant state’s capacity to compel other states in the International System to consider the dominant state’s interests before acting in their own interest.” With this definition in mind, the answer is certainly, yes, every state should seek […]

The Truth About Iraq: No End In Sight

Whenever I watch documentaries like “No End In Sight” that illustrate the gross incompetence and corruption in the U.S. Government’s (USG) senior political leadership ranks, I feel my stomach twisting into knots and I literally want to vomit. It’s like having a family member who is always drunk and belligerent: They keep terrorizing the neighbors […]

Building a Non-Biased Political System

All Systems Have Bias. Every system created anywhere in the universe is vulnerable to various forms of conscious and unconscious bias. The philosophical reasons for this are beyond the intended scope of this article, but suffice it to say that creating a “pure, unbiased system” is an impossible and illogical goal. However, thoughtful, sincere and […]

Be the Government You Seek

What is the Perfect Political System? If you could build the perfect political system, what would it look like? How would politicians behave in your system? Would they keep their promises? How would you create trust in your political system? What life experience would politicians need before they could create laws that control your life? […]

The Political & Economic Toxic Cloud

America is Heading in the Wrong Direction. Every major public opinion poll conducted over the past several years indicates a significant majority of Americans believe the United States is heading in the wrong direction economically and politically. They are right, but many Americans don’t know exactly who to blame, what is causing the problems, or what to […]

Democracy & Capitalism Depend on Clear Language

Obscure Language Sabotages Democracy & Capitalism. Most of the content of my books and articles are written using words that are generally simple enough for a reasonably intelligent 12-year-old child to understand. This is important because many politicians, corporate executives, and financial commentators in the media frequently describe economic and political events in ways that are either technically […]