AONE and Me, Part 3

AONE made a grandiloquent gesture with his arm, saying, “These are all my paintings.” They were hung around the four walls of the giant loft and it looked to me like there might be a thousand of them.

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AONE and Me, Part 2

The Exotic Eastern European Film Director and I climbed out of our cab and rang the bell at the studio of the Internationally Famous Artist.

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AONE and Me

Could it be our boy’s done something rash?

– Bertholt Brecht, Die Moritat von Mackie Messer, or Mack the Knife, translated and sanitized by Marc Blitzstein, with thanks to Bobby Darin

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Cold War II, Part 10

The final leg in our Cold War II stool is the containment of China diplomatically

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Cold War II, Part 9

As global trade retreats and is replaced by regional trading blocs, power will flow to those countries that are most self-reliant.

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Cold War II, Part 8

Whatever happens with my proposal that the West launch Cold War II, the next three decades will be far less friendly to the Chinese economy than the past three decades have been. There are three reasons for this.

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Cold War II, Part 7

Assuming that we can summon the courage to contain Beijing militarily, the next leg of the containment stool is to restrain China economically. Military containment will prevent China from overrunning other lands and peoples, but only economic containment can bring the Chinese Communist Party to its knees (or its senses).

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Cold War II, Part 6

In the Indo-Pacific region, China wants complete dominance; it wants to force the United States out and become the region’s unchallenged political, economic, and military hegemon. And globally … it wants to be powerful enough to counter Washington when needed. Oriana Skylar Mastro, Foreign Affairs

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Cold War II, Part 5

In April of 2017, as Donald Trump and Xi Jinping were preparing to meet, a group of academics, policy wonks and former diplomats took out a full-page ad in the New York Times. The wonks warned the US against falling into the “Thucydides Trap.”

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Fed Cred

It’s been a long time since I berated my friends at the Fed, and my typing fingers are getting itchy. So I’m interrupting my Cold War II series for a little pleasant Fed-bashing.

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