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Why PUTIN Will Fail

Here is a prediction: Vladimir Putin is on a course to fail as president of the Russian Federation. Do not expect failure this year or even next. However, it is as inevitable as was the overthrow of party leader Nikita Khrushchev in 1964 and the implosion of the Soviet Union less than three decades later. The reason is the fatal flaw in autocratic rule: the inability to keep powerful centrifugal political forces in check forever. Despite Putin’s popularity---which is transient---and his huge electoral majority in the Duma, irreversible political, economic, social and cultural forces are at work. One reason that these forces have not yet reached a critical mass has [...]

By | 2017-11-14T21:27:37+00:00 octombrie 4th, 2016|Blog, Harlan Ullman|0 Comments

Love VS Hate; CLINTON VS TRUMP

The visit of Donald Trump to Mexico and his extraordinarily clumsy speech on immigration that followed Wednesday evening have pre-empted a column on Russia.  While Mr. Trump may have reinforced his base, if elected, he has set in place a non-declared war with Mexico. This is not 1846 and the Mexican-American War we won.  Nor is there a single chance in the world that Mexico would pay for this great wall Mr. Trump would build to seal the border with south. America does have thousands of miles of sea coasts as well as a longer border with Canada.  What would Mr. Trump do with those? But the larger issue is [...]

By | 2017-11-14T21:27:37+00:00 septembrie 12th, 2016|Blog, Harlan Ullman|0 Comments

Will the Constitution survive this decade?

Most Americans believe that government is broken.  But what can be done, if anything, to repair a broken government?  One potentially immovable obstacle is a Constitution that may have outlived its usefulness.   The Constitution is based on the checks and balances of a divided government that maximize individual freedom and liberty by limiting the power of government while assuring citizens specific safeguards through the “Bill of Rights.”  However, divided government requires compromise and civility to function effectively.   Article I defines the Legislature.  As the first branch of government, the Founding Fathers believed that the two houses of Congress would govern the nation passing laws and regulations in line [...]

By | 2017-11-14T21:27:38+00:00 martie 16th, 2016|Blog, Harlan Ullman|0 Comments

INSIDE THE LOOKING GLASS: THE RACE FOR THE U.S. PRESIDENCY

Certainly on the Republican side, the presidential race has crashed through the looking glass into Alice’s Wonderland replete with Mad Hatters and tea parties.  The Republican debate last Thursday reaffirmed this condition, dare we say in spades.  Three of the candidates are incredulous and most likely unelectable.  The fourth was the only adult on the stage and hence unlikely to win the nomination.   How America got to this point is useful in informing how we extricate ourselves from the grim electoral prospects that lie ahead especially if the leading Democratic candidate is indicted for mishandling classified material on private e-mail accounts.  Only in America….   Donald Trump is, at [...]

By | 2017-11-14T21:27:38+00:00 martie 7th, 2016|Blog, Harlan Ullman|0 Comments

USA — the Unconscious Stupidity of America?

A country is at great risk when the irrational overtakes and becomes the surrogate for the rational. And a country is at graver risk when the public succumbs to a willing suspension of disbelief in this free fall descent into irrationality. Yet, this could be the state of American politics and governance today---a condition that eludes adequate description by the English language and the current vocabulary.   Regarding the presidential campaigns, some argue that the anger and resentment of many Americans towards the failures of government have created the means for irrationality to reign.  One of the candidates has concluded that the “stupidity” of government is the root cause of [...]

By | 2017-11-14T21:27:41+00:00 martie 3rd, 2016|Blog, Harlan Ullman|0 Comments
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