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Germany’s Delegation To Russia Signals That Merkel Is Looking For New Allies

A delegation of executives from major German corporations recently met with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Such delegations are not unusual. Sometimes it is routine, sometimes a courtesy. But occasionally, it has significance. In the case of Russia-Germany relations, such meetings are always potentially significant.

Is Capitalism Dead Or Merely Dying?

"If the remaining wealth is not divided better than it is today, those who have gathered most of it will also find themselves in non-functioning societies and communities..."

Poor Cities And Poorer Economics

"It is poor economics that still keeps these regions poor. And it is not in the interest of politics to promote sound economic ideas..."

The 4 Possible Channels For A Chinese Financial Crisis

An analysis by Victor Shih of Merics lays out 4 plausible scenarios of financial crisis in China: household defaults, shadow banking panic, capital flight, and a sudden stop of international lending. It finds that China’s greatest vulnerability resides in its dwindling foreign exchange reserve and escalating external debt, which can trigger a confluence of maxi-devaluation, external defaults, and sharp asset price depreciation.

"A Utopia Of Hermaphrodites?"

"The decadent USA, lacking discipline and decorum, lost in raptures of grandiose techno-narcissism, broadcasting its twerked-up gangsta fantasies while it sucks finished goods from other lands in exchange for janky bonded debt, is becoming the international pariah..."

Censorship In The Digital Age

"Whether it is too late for a world of working class people and the ubiquitous poor to opt out of the globalized imperium dreamed up by our post-war planners, is hard to say. But if you think there’s still time, be extremely careful, since the pre-crime police are nearly omnipresent, and they might overhear you..."

Crypto-Currency Calm Before The Storm

"This is the calm before the storm: the governments are studying it, and studying the masses to find the means to take control of it..."

McCain As Metaphor

"McCain hails the crusade to 'help make another, better world' – yet the American people don’t want another world, they want to live in this world in peace and security, rather than sacrificing themselves to some imaginary 'duty' to uplift the world on Uncle Sam’s shoulders. That’s one reason why Trump is in the White House and McCain is on the outside looking in."