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Affluent Investor | June 23, 2017

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AboutWilliam Holland, Author at Affluent Investor

William Holland

William Holland

William Holland a geopolitical analyst & North American recruiter for Wikistrat, specializing in monitoring the nuclear posture of the Indian-Pakistani rivalry.

Posts By William Holland

June 22, 2017 |

Israel Faces a New Middle East

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The turmoil which has been rattling the Middle East in recent years has confronted Israel with fresh challenges and opportunities and requires it to rethink the three levels of its strategy and security policies: National security Strategy (sometimes … Read More

June 14, 2017 |

How To Understand African Political Economies

The continent of Africa really is difficult to embrace without stolid concepts shaped from both geography and history.  Can one really make sense of Ghana and its British heritage as a west African nation state surrounded by failed French … Read More

June 13, 2017 |

Beijing’s Mercantilist Regime

Beijing wishes to sustain its side of the U.S. – China bilateral relation, Beijing cannot afford to find itself alienated because it cannot replace an American partner.  Beijing also has to recognize that it has already implicitly declared war against … Read More

June 9, 2017 |

What Trump Gets Right About Trade

Professionals don’t get paid to think.  They get paid to earn a living.  This means that the vast majority of the chatter-class in think tanks, Universities and the media commintariat earn their wares diachronically.  That means they specialize in presenting … Read More

June 8, 2017 |

The Moral Tragedy of the African National Congress

My aunt is buried in Botswana, I remember well the Soweto uprising and how South African security services were permanently aligned to Moscow’s geopolitical ambition to thwart, divide, disrupt the Atlantic alliance.  These were dangerous times, of Soviet subversion in … Read More

June 5, 2017 |

How Kashmir is Like Palestine

The Economist  provides an unrivaled summary of the geopolitical consequences of the British partition of India.  Positioning Muslim majorities on both sides of India effectively sought to keep New hi in a perpetual state of siege. Only Northern Ireland & … Read More

May 26, 2017 |

Origin of “American Exceptionalism”

Because America embodied a paradox that fell every other Republic in history, historians often attribute the unity of liberty to equality as the source underwriting American exceptionalism.  The source of the term American exceptionalism isn’t attributed to Joseph Stalin, although he … Read More

May 25, 2017 |

The Secular Stag is Gone, Lawrence Summers Call Your Office

This blog has tackled the cynicism animating most financial economists desire or need to evade intellectual, even moral responsibility for the collapse of confidence the American Republic has for the Federal Reserve and Congress to extract the Republic from the … Read More

May 17, 2017 |

Theresa May’s Bid To Consume The Opposition & Lead

Politics is blood sport. Most people only truly understand this as practitioners of State politics, but the best arena from which to discern this octagon are parliaments. Two come to mind for their ruthlessness: Israel & England.

Because parliaments are … Read More

May 16, 2017 |

Steven Bannon’s Tutorial on Jacksonian Rage

What are the limits to populism in a Constitutional Republic.  The answer is, we’re about to find out.  When Trump rode in on the heels of a Jacksonian moment, it took nearly three months to discern the limits of … Read More

May 15, 2017 |

Islam & Famine

For a millennia humans struggled to fathom nature, sensing the world as an object in need of inquiry fell to pre-Socratic philosophy, it was here where we find man as an object of question that the Greeks discerned the … Read More

May 8, 2017 |

The Political Challenge That is Iraq

By any stretch, the last eight years was a disaster for U.S. Mesopotamian regional policy. Being handed a win in 2008, the Obama administration felt that its own ideological preference for appeasement was ratified, even though that policy sentiment was … Read More

April 25, 2017 |

What Arnold Toynbee Taught McDonalds; Is the Church Listening

Arnold Toynbee wrote his magisterial twelve volumes A Study of History beginning on a train ride through Thrace (Macedonia) arriving at Istanbul.  This was long before the beginning of the First World War, a time of sound money, where the … Read More

April 20, 2017 |

Attention House of Saudi, Venezuela Is Collapsing

The State of New York just made every State, City College & University FREE as of the fall of 2017.  We know from Milton Friedman’s achievement in monetarist thought that the fall of Communism, the collapse of collectivism was … Read More

April 12, 2017 |

Why American Primacy is Eroding

The United States currently resides in a position of strategic weakness, we’ve got a fiscal solvency problem and a posture-readiness problem.  Truth is, we’re unable to address either quickly, or at least sufficiently.  We need time.  But we don’t … Read More

April 4, 2017 |

The Democrats and the Political Wilderness

During a crisis, if one possesses a sufficient enough grasp of identity, you turn outward not inward. When the Republican’s lose bad they return from the wilderness stronger; having profound moral, political sources, the Republican party hardly suffers from renewal … Read More

March 31, 2017 |

Why The American Alliance is in an Advanced State of Crisis

It isn’t easy to discern the exact nature of emerging conflicts, however, those that grasp the interior social, political, even geopolitical components of conflict usually possess both the tenacity and fortitude to secure strategic clarity as war progresses.  This … Read More

March 28, 2017 |

Iran’s Satanic Mullahs Use Religion

There are a handful of Persian specialists who truly understand the theocratic, political nature of the Iranian regime.  Amir Taheri is one of them.  Abbas Milani at Hoover is another.  Both men understand the relation between expressed autocratic power … Read More

March 20, 2017 |

McKinsey Study on ‘Short-Termism’: Nice But Inadequate

McKinsey works well within the strict confines of corporate culture; its myopic mores and clearly defined silos.  Although it presents its material holistically, it rarely trains its top faculties synoptically.  That’s because McKinsey’s top people are secular, they’ve never had … Read More

March 8, 2017 |

China’s Blue Water Ambitions?

 

China’s northern port city of Dalian is the location for American technological spy-craft to witness Beijing’s Naval ambitions, it is here where Beijing fields her first aircraft carrier launched last month to encircle Taiwan and threaten her neighbors … Read More

March 7, 2017 |

The Pakistan of South America

Like Fallujah, the Americans defeated a brutal indigenous insurgency in El Salvador, with peace accords signed in the early 90’s, the regime and its ideological cohorts in Havana and Moscow were put to rest.  This region experienced the worlds … Read More

March 2, 2017 |

The Rise of the Greenback

It isn’t difficult to discern the moment when the offshore boom in dollar lending reached its height.  The date was September 22, 2012 and it occurred when Zambia did what other African Treasury officials had done during the frenzy … Read More

March 1, 2017 |

India’s Elections: World’s Largest Democracy Fracturing

To say that India is fracturing isn’t groundbreaking news, its geography alone sustains cleavages that most nation states just simply couldn’t sustain.  With rivers running along an east-west continental strain and sidewinding railways, Indian consciousness was always turned inward towards … Read More

February 20, 2017 |

Russia’s New Weapon: A Torpedo Traveling 5K miles per hour.

It’s called supercavitation.  The tip of the torpedo has a frontal device that blows bubbles of vapor (cavities) effectively permitting the torpedo faster propellent with almost no water drag.  The Russians have it and have perfected the technology.  Let’s … Read More

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