On the next 100 years…

Ben reviews George Friedman. Bingbing reviews Ben.

Hard to summarise, easier to click.

  1. Hi,
    A very well written comment, you said it all very well. 🙂

    • Ben
    • November 16th, 2011

    Hi James,

    Have you actually read the book? 😉

    I actually essentially agree with you point that there’s little or nothing to fundamentally change the current paradigm and that it the US were to suddenly pack up shop, China, Japan, Russia and countless others would be more than willing to chance their arm and take up the slack before you could say ‘bingbing’. So, on a local level, having the US as an ally is a huge advantage as our values, expectations and wishes largely overlap.

    I’ll agree to disagree on the issue of climate change. However, like you, I believe that we – humans – have the ability to meet the environmental changes of the upcoming century IF we are proactive, decisive, ultilise existing and new technologies available. Sir David Attenborough’s documentary on SBS last night ‘How Many People Can Live on Planet Earth’ : http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/how-many-people-can-live-on-planet-earth/ was interesting and highlighted a lot of the very real issues we face.

    Anyways, thanks for the review and for reading.

    Cheers, I’ll have a look at that book you recommended.

    P.S. George Friedman’s American.

      • Carpe Jugulum
      • November 16th, 2011

      Interesting take troops, a good read. We’ll have to disagree on the climate change thing as i believe it to be a steaming pile of scamming & an avenue for rent seekers.

      If the US were to pack up shop i think relationships from Asia could (to a degree) fill the gap. JSDF, SK & Singapore spring to mind but any coverage for the Indian Ocean would be thin on the ground.

      • Carpe Jugulum
      • November 17th, 2011

      “P.S. George Friedman’s American”

      Are you sure??, he looks asian, have you mistaken him for “Ju-ju Furidoman”

      ジュージュ フリドマン

      The similarities are eerie.

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