Archive for the ‘US Politics’ Category

U.S. Debt, Illustrated

Monday, December 26th, 2011

Things, especially things about numbers, and especially things about big numbers, are often very hard to both explain and comprehend. Pictures help a lot. Along those lines, this is the best illustration I've seen yet on what the U.S. debt looks like, in visual terms that anyone can understand: http://usdebt.kleptocracy.us/ Note: I ...

Moment of Truth in Iraq – book review

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Moment of Truth in Iraq by Michael Yon My rating: 3 of 5 stars A good compilation of Mr. Yon's blog posts plus some original material from the relevant period of his war reporting in Iraq. The story is worthy, but the book is fatally flawed by a lack of professional editing. ...

Political Destiny

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

Demographics is destiny. — Arthur Kemp The political destiny of the U.S. for the next 25 years is sealed. Here's how: In the United States, the proportion of the population aged >65 years is projected to increase from 12.4% in 2000 to 19.6% in 2030 (3). The number of persons aged >65 years ...

How to Reduce Taxes by 40%

Sunday, December 19th, 2010

There's a lot of heated political rhetoric about taxes these days, particularly U.S. federal taxes. Some people want to abolish federal taxes. Just about everybody would like to pay less federal taxes. I think it's safe to say that everyone would like to see federal tax dollars used more efficiently. I don't ...

Complexity, its burdens and its risks

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

  I read a good article on the radical re-making of the advertising market today: http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/151/mayhem-on-madison-avenue.html The article referenced a classic post by Clay Shirky that I'd read before, but was worth revisiting: http://www.shirky.com/weblog/2010/04/the-collapse-of-complex-business-models/ Clay, in turn, referenced a book by Joseph Tainter,  The Collapse of Complex Societies. Tainter makes many compelling observations, as summarized by Shirky: "Complex ...

Comments on Six Lessons

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

  I had an interesting exchange of Facebook comments with my friend Lee Wochner  regarding the post Six Lessons. Since I keep my Facebook world pretty cloistered, I thought I'd share the comments with the wider world here on Autopsis. 10/16/2010 Lee Wochner commented on your post. "I'm not sure your metaphor applies to politics or governance. Capitulation and ...

Six Lessons

Sunday, October 10th, 2010

(This post available as a PDF document here: http://www.hackneys.com/docs/6lessons.pdf  )   I learned six lessons today. The lessons came from over the bridge.  (click on photos for larger image)

Facing the Future

Saturday, June 12th, 2010

  I compiled my thoughts on the primary challenges the United States faces in the coming decade, and ways to overcome them, here: http://www.hackneys.com/docs/facingthefuture.pdf The primary focus in this collection is on domestic challenges, although some geopolitical issues are addressed. .

Intro to Geopolitics – Public Opinion

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

  Following is a good overview of a current geopolitical situation from Stratfor, a public domain intelligence analysis firm. If you are interested in the particular issue and region at hand, Israel / Palestinians / rising Turkey / etc., you will probably find it of value. However, its true worth lies in some pearls of geopolitical wisdom, some ...

Circles in Circles

Monday, March 29th, 2010

Much of the story of humans and groups of humans, as well as the challenges that face America, can be told with circles. The core of the story is an individual.   The first unit of human organization is the family.    The next unit of human organization is tribe.