Sprouts of Confucius

by Mengzi edited by O Society https://youtu.be/3eIbuW-BR7o Gongsun Chou said, “May I presume to inquire how you, Sir, excel?" “I can interpret what speech means,” replied Mencius, “and I nurture well my flood-like qi.” Gongsun Chou asked, “What do you mean by ‘flood-like qi?’” “It is hard to describe,” said Mencius. “This is a qi that is … Continue reading Sprouts of Confucius

Is this the end of the American century?

  by Adam Tooze London Review of Books edited by O Society April 11, 2019 On 13 October 1806, a young German philosopher, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, had an encounter with world history. En route to their annihilation of the Prussian forces 24 hours later, Napoleon and his army were marching through the East German … Continue reading Is this the end of the American century?

The impact of within-group conflict on trust and trustworthiness

The literature examining the effect of conflict on trust and trustworthiness has reached contradictory conclusions. This column studies the long-term behavioural impact of the Cultural Revolution in China, which was a major in-group conflict. It finds that the children and grandchildren of those who were mentally or physically abused during the Revolution are less trusting, … Continue reading The impact of within-group conflict on trust and trustworthiness

Where Does all the Plastic Shit Go? A Moment of Reckoning

Residents of cities like Chester, outside Philadelphia, fear a rise in pollution from incinerators after China’s recycling ban by Oliver Milman Guardian Feb 22, 2019 The conscientious citizens of Philadelphia continue to put their pizza boxes, plastic bottles, yoghurt containers and other items into recycling bins. However, in the past three months, half of these recyclables … Continue reading Where Does all the Plastic Shit Go? A Moment of Reckoning

MAGA Misses the Eurasia Train

While China and Russia solidify their economic and political alliance, the U.S. is missing an historic chance to join a multilateral world, clinging instead to military empire. by Pepe Escobar Consortium News Feb 4, 2019 We should know by now that the heart of the 21stCentury Great Game is the myriad layers of the battle … Continue reading MAGA Misses the Eurasia Train

Washington Resurrected the Arms Race

by Paul Craig Roberts Feb 1, 2019 The meetings in Beijing during January 30-31 between Washington, Russia, China, France, and the UK apparently failed to preserve the commitment to prohibit intermediate range nuclear weapons. Washington stuck to its determination to withdraw from the historic agreement of Reagan and Gorbachev to destroy all land-based intermediate range … Continue reading Washington Resurrected the Arms Race

US is Planning for War with Russia and China

by James O'Neill New Eastern Outlook Dec 22, 2018 Two recent reports from the United States strongly suggest the United States is planning a major war with Russia and China, but are far from certain that they could in fact succeed in such a war. The reports also provide insights into how the United States … Continue reading US is Planning for War with Russia and China