THE SWEEPING TIDE

BOTH SIDES NOW

(By JONI MITCHELL)

Rows and floes of angel hairclouds
And ice cream castles in the air
And feather canyons everywhere
I’ve looked at clouds that way

But now they only block the sun
They rain and snow on everyone
So many things I would have done
But clouds got in my way

I’ve looked at clouds from both sides now
From up and down, and still somehow
It’s cloud illusions I recall
I really don’t know clouds at all

TRUMP OR HILLARY, WHO ARE YOU FOR?

Hmm…Hillary and Trump. At first glance you would say democracy laid a couple of rotten eggs. However, while he is behind in the polls and apparently fighting most of the “free press”, I think Trump will win. Hillary represents the USA of the past 20-30 years. A superpower projecting its national policy almost at will, and more important than military strength, the US felt independent enough not to really care what the world thought of them, as globalism coursed through its veins.

The world is in the midst of another creeping but sweeping unpremeditated revolution. Trump represents business, partnerships, negotiation, and seeing these things on a global not nationalistic level. His driving force for this may have been for profit, but this is the new world political realities for the next couple of decades at least.

Nations will compete against nations, with a national profit motive, but also with a desire to make a deal, not lose a customer, or destroy a business relationship. The cultural and political assimilations will be enormous. You think Mao would have allowed the current lifestyle in China. No, he would have condemned it as decadent. Vietnam is one of the fastest growing nations, and previous malevolent enemies have set up factories and partnerships.

How did Trump defeat all the GOP presidential contenders? Many had a lot more political experience and stellar resumes, more charismatic, and less negatives. It’s the current of change, destiny, changing seasons, or whatever metaphor I could use.

People won’t vote for him because of the coming interweaving of political and financial globalism, nevertheless I think he will ride in on this horse of no color. Or someone else will very quickly.

Then there was the “Mule” in Asimov’s foundation books. Mutant unexpectedness.

Peace is Possible

James Kirk-Wiggins

 

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