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Brexit represents the undoing of the nation

https://www.ft.com/content/fd2b3b9e-f3ec-11e8-ae55-df4bf40f9d0d Brexit ultimately is a blown up and largely manufactured issue that is of minuscule importance when compared to the great issues of our time which are climate change, globalization and automation (AI/Robotization). Britain is almost completely absorbed by Brexit and that is highly detrimental to society’s ability to define itself flexibly and maintain political …

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Cultures, values, nations and good reasons to believe in the EU

Dear Gideon, There’s one thing here which is that cultures and values are intimately related. Some mistake the nation for a timeless construct of ethnic homogenity this while most nations and their ethnic makeup now in existence are less than a century old and the modern concept of nationality arguably was something for quite a …

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Europe needs its own defense doctrines and capabilities

If only the Europe that shares values could come to a mutual defense understanding that saw a more thorough coordination of capabilities. Most countries have their own doctrines, their own navies, air forces and army and spend billions on practically superfluous capabilities. But there’s neither sufficient trust nor sufficient doctrinary overlap. The French feel a …

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Oil producers face their ‘life or death’ question

Shell et al need structural change in order to continue. These are engineering companies (upstream) with remarkably massive engineering and financial capabilities on the one hand and consumer oriented networks and outlets on the downstream side. They’re used to long term planning and hence mostly conservative, and that has taken its toll. They have such …

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FT “Donald Trump’s trade tirades show his mastery of the message”

Thanks Rana, an excellent perspective. Let’s first dispense with that I consider Trump to be completely unfit for the office he occupies and consider him to be the largest actual threat to US national security and international well being. Having said that though, he is striking out with energy and agenda in an indomitable way and …

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Musk calls journalists out, response only confirms his criticism

This in response to a column by FT alphaville:  https://ftalphaville.ft.com/2018/05/25/1527220800000/Elon-Musk-plays-to-human-fantasy–and-the-world-plays-along/ Dan, you’re an investment specialist, maybe in your work culture, idealism is always to be met with scorn and snake oil platitudes. Your investors wouldn’t invest in telephony, in lightbulbs, in flying machines, not in internet companies or any other new technology because their only …

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