Author Archives: James Raider
There is good reason why human nature tends to be intuitively fond of humility. Humility reveals confidence, and illustrates an ego not in need of constant polishing. It also reveals trust. While it is very naturally human to not listen to our intuitions, the failure to “listen” can have calamitous results when our actions are discharged in a voting booth.
In 2009 I posted an article, Obama’s Blunder On Iran, in which I noted, “When Obama backed off the deployment of a missile defense system in Europe, he did so without gaining a single concession from Putin and Russia.” Obama had … Continue reading
In this celebrity-comicon world where teleprompters send us uncomplicated pablum of feel-good lies that big government will take care of all our ills, let’s pluck some of the mainstream assessments out by the roots before the sand coagulates and our necks get permanently imbedded. There is much false nonsense to rip out of the dark morass it comes from, nevertheless observing a couple of deplorable pieces of social truth will make a good start.
Fifty years ago the brilliant and always challenging philosopher of communication theory, Marshall McLuhan, wrote Understanding Media, in which he exclaimed, “In a culture like ours, long accustomed to splitting and dividing all things as a means of control, it is sometimes a bit of a shock to be reminded that, in operational and practical fact, the medium is the message.”
In a week when we are treated to one of the best, but more depressing headlines of the year, Daily Mail’s “Obama’s Monsters Ball,” we have media apologetically rationalizing Obama’s announcement that he was ordering military action in Iraq, “if necessary.” The … Continue reading
Perception is everything in international affairs, as in most things human. Compared to any powerful nation in history, America has prevailed magnificently since WWII as its presence around the world has enabled most of humanity to live in a somewhat subdued … Continue reading