Dystopia vs. Dystopia
The Sino-American Rivalry in Cultural Context

An Orwellian China is sidling up to a Huxleyan America in what could become a catastrophic encounter between two different forms of insanity.

Singapore the Improbable VIII
Hard Times in the Red Dot

Singapore’s security has always depended on American military power. No surprise, then, that its denizens feel increasingly insecure.

Hieronymus Bosch, “Tondal’s Vision”
North by Northwest
The Present Madness

Can whole societies go crazy? They can and have—but never before has a crazy society implicated pretty much the whole planet.

Post-COVID
Inequality, Ideology, and American Reordering

Depolarizing American politics depends on a better understanding of what inequality is, and how it relates to past and current ideological currents. First with COVID and now with the George Floyd events, we see that the time to act is growing short.

Singapore the Improbable VII
Stereotypes In Stereo

Business, money, food, and anxiety: all areas where there is similarity, if not identity, between diasporic Jews and Chinese.

Overdetermined
COVID-19 and the Regime-Type Fallacy

If competence varies widely within the same type of regime, then regime type alone cannot possibly be determinative of outcomes.

Power Concentrations
The Net Effect

Thanks to innovations in information technology, we are facing unprecedented concentrations of power—which are making society not only less transparent, but more brittle as well.

In Lieu of Opening Day
The Poetry of Baseball

An appreciation of the national pastime—and the 2019 Washington Nationals.

Singapore The Improbable Part VI
The Sino-Semitic Connection

Comparing diasporic Jewish and overseas Chinese history sheds light on Singapore’s diplomatic situation.

Coronavirus in Perspective
Here Comes Trouble

To see trouble coming from a greater distance, you need to step back and get perspective from history.

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