Madness Grips the Imperial City

That the US political system is in the grip of collective madness ought to be obvious to anyone who has been looking at what has been going on in Washington DC for the last few years. It has been present for some time now, but was to a certain extent hidden under the cover of some fig leaf or other – “nation-building”; “responsibility to protect”; “the war on terror”; “some other slogan”. But in the past few years, and especially […]

Donald Trump & Hillary Clinton Now Starring in: The Basket of Deplorables — A Freak Show Masquerading as an Election

“As a connoisseur of human folly, I thought you impatient to be savouring these delights.” “Of some delights, I believe, sir, a little goes a long way.” Mr Bennet & Lizzie Bennet in the 1995 TV adaptation of Pride & Prejudice   I can’t help but recall these lines whenever my thoughts turn to the freak show masquerading as an election, which is currently hurtling its way to its dramatic and awful conclusion somewhere across the Atlantic. Were the spectacle […]

Is Your Nation The Exceptional One?

With almost 200 nations around the world, telling which is The Exceptional One is really not a very easy task. Every country has a number of unique aspects that mark it out from the others, but not every one has what it really takes to be the Exceptional, much less the Indispensable nation. Only a country possessing a certain set of characteristics can be considered for this prestigious accolade, and it is with this in mind that the following test […]

The History Books are Littered With the Corpses of Indispensable Nations

This piece appeared in the March issue of the Samaritan Ministries International Newsletter   “Les cimetières sont pleins d’hommes indispensables (The graveyards are full of indispensable men)” – Charles de Gaulle Like so many great quotations, the origins of this one are disputed. Yet whether or not de Gaulle was the source of these words, or whether he was using his own re-hashed version of an old quote, they are a sobering reminder that no matter how important a person […]