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Affluent Christian Investor | August 23, 2017

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AboutWilliam Holland, Author at Affluent Christian 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

August 22, 2017 |

Steve Bannon, the Limits of Politics

The release of Bannon reveals an insight seldom learned in politics, the nature of limits and the central abiding role culture has in shaping policy.  If team Trump is to gain any traction on any policy grounds, he’s going … Read More

August 11, 2017 |

Libya: a Failed State

Studying the Arab Spring would require one to look at Libya and U.S. efforts immediately after the popular uprising. The American’s didn’t want Gaddafi but they also didn’t seek any measure to sustain Libyan presence into U.S. orbit either.  Today, Putin has … Read More

August 7, 2017 |

The Lessons of the Ukrainian Wasteland

Ukraine is suffering badly.  The entire southeastern portion just above Crimea is now a wasteland.  Mother Russia controls entire swaths of territory that remain uncontested yet not allied totally to Moscow either.  As it stands now, Ukraine is a lesson … Read More

July 20, 2017 |

Venezuela is Cuba Again!

The ideals of romanticized guerrilla war have a long history throughout Latin America, think of Jesuit priests waging insurgent war against oligarchies sanctioned by the Catholic Church throughout Central-South America; the 1980’s saw the tip of a Russian spear in Nicaragua.  Although the … Read More

July 17, 2017 |

The Case For War: Target, Regime Change North Korea

The case has yet to be made for regime change in North Korea.  By any standard, its time to unify the peninsula. Team Trump continues its diplomatic initiatives, but that track will exhaust itself quickly, if only to confirm how weak … Read More

July 12, 2017 |

Islamic Finance Unravels

Dana Gas remains a stellar exploration business in Abu Dhabi, it remains stuck trying to recover nearly $800 million dollars worth of investment in Iraqi Kurdistan.  Having underwritten heavy capital infrastructure with Egypt, it currently faces a liquidity problem, hence the … Read More

June 27, 2017 |

The Fault Lines of Europe Run Through London

It is becoming clear to anyone with even a modicum of political insight that London remains the epicenter when considering the mounting challenges enveloping the continent.  Every night for over a week, Islamists continue their nightly rampage through Jewish towns … Read More

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

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