Naimisha Forest

'Free, free, free! Zimbabwe will be free!'

Silvrback blog imageThat was our chant at a big demonstration and rally in Trafalgar Square for the liberation of Zimbabwe, sometime in the late seventies.  Yesterday's news about the army takeover there made me look back and wonder.  What had I and my friends thought would come next, after liberation? Disturbingly, as best as I recall, we didn't think . . .

Read More

November 16, 2017

Globalization is still flat - and that's not necessarily bad

Martin Sandbu is optimistic about the outlook for globalization in 2017.  While his colleague at the Financial Times Shawn Donnan recently wrote about globalization in countries' policies (on which I commented yesterday), Mr. Sandbu looks at globalization in outcomes, in the sense of growing economic integration between countries. 

. . .

Read More

November 14, 2017

The globalization train is leaving the station buddy!

“Globalisation marches on without Trump” is a long article (“The Big Read”) by Shawn Donnan in the Financial Times of November 6, 2017.   The nub is that other countries are “striking trade deals” and “launching negotiations at an accelerating pace”, while Donald Trump’s America . . .

Read More

November 13, 2017

The Boundless Bright Air

An unforgettable moment in the Iliad comes at the end of Book 8.  Having beaten back the Greeks after a day of hard fighting, the Trojans determine to camp on the battlefield and press home their attack the next morning - unsuspecting that the gods have already fated them to ultimate defeat. Weary but exultant, the Trojans

. . .

Read More

Posted in: epichomerpoetry

November 09, 2017

Buying a Smiley

I don't now remember the sequence of clicks that brought me to the Amazon page for John le Carré’s new George Smiley novel “A Legacy of Spies. Maybe I was set off down that path by one of the several marketing emails the kindly internet titan sends me daily. Or perhaps I was already on the site browsing idly as a . . .

Read More

November 08, 2017

Marx - Only 160 Years Too Early on China and the West

In June 1853 the New York Daily Tribune published an article by Karl Marx on "Revolution in China and in Europe."  This is Marx in typical form, combining a brilliant explanatory model of the past and present with bold yet quite mistaken predictions about the future - the opposite of the damned in Dante's Inferno, who could see the . . .

Read More

November 06, 2017

Entertainment of an Improving Kind


" This is the tale of a tragic dynasty;
a narrative of hatred, honor, courage,
of virtue, love, ideals and wickedness,
and of a war so terrible, it marked
the threshold between one age and the next.
We approach the story through Ugrashravas,
singer of ancient songs, a traveling poet
who wandered the world . . .

Read More

November 05, 2017


All Categories: trump(10) democracy(8) clintons(7) usa(7) film(7) internet(7) american history(7) fiction(7) immigration(7) china(7) elites(6) nation(6) globalization(6) conservatism(6) identity politics(6) india(5) style(5) poetry(5) britain(5) race(5) historicism(5) religion(5) media(4) big tech(4) globalism(4) communism(4) europe(4) development(4) revolution(4) africa(4) politics(4) music(4) photographs(3) scientific method(3) slavery(3) e-commerce(3) sanskrit(3) silicon valley(3) free speech(3) liberalism(3) nation state(3) markets(3) political philosophy(3) populism(3) african americans(3) military(3) racism(3) sports(3) marx(3) international trade(3) ethnicity(3) charles dickens(3) essays(2) culture(2) multiculturalism(2) feminism(2) monopoly(2) law(2) macroeconomics(2) innovation(2) comedy(2) epic(2) women(2) disasters(2) statistics(2) pandemics(2) world economy(2) stock market(2) homer(2) evolutionary psychology(2) iran(2) institutions(2) edmund burke(2) economics(2) national liberation(2) james joyce(2) diplomacy(2) karl popper(2) fdi(1) probability(1) language(1) switzerland(1) art(1) science(1) social media(1) genetics(1) obama(1) game theory(1) united nations(1) journalism(1) russia(1) dance(1) tradition(1) political correctness(1) marriage(1) buddhism(1) taiwan(1) nihilism(1) emotions(1) lincoln(1) afghanistan(1) rural(1) urban(1) blockchain(1) bitcoin(1) working class(1) borges(1) mexico(1) mahabharata(1) nafta(1) family(1) zimbabwe(1) state(1) bubbles(1) manias(1) adam smith(1) charles darwin(1) theater(1) monetary policy(1) logic(1) cliodynamics(1) alt-right(1) regressive left(1) guns(1) antitrust(1) churchill(1) foreign policy(1) j.m. keynes(1) epistemology(1) william hazlitt(1) oligarchy(1) anti-semitism(1) islam(1) moral philosophy(1) machiavelli(1) caste(1) nationalism(1) tom wolfe(1) new journalism(1) philosophical history(1) hegel(1) industrial policy(1) libertarianism(1) mathematics(1) home

Cover image credit: http://Pinterest