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Peter C. Cavelti

The Hostile World
Part 2

Declining birthrates in many nations will have a devastating effect on living standards and government finances, especially in the nations and regions with the most unhealthy demographic profiles: Japan, Russia and most of Europe. The generational implications are equally alarming, as fewer young people will be responsible for supporting a larger number of seniors.

The Hostile World,
Part 1

We explore why the growing U.S. military engagement in the Middle East will guarantee massive instability for many years to come, sporadically dislocating financial markets, impairing economic growth and curtailing our civil liberties.

Intelligence Failures

How could 9/11 have been allowed to happen? And how could the intelligence establishment have told the White House that Saddam had significant stores of weapons of mass destruction? Like Britain before it, the U.S. keeps responding to the effects of its own actions: place ogres like Saddam in power, show them how to oppress, supply them with weapons, and when you can’t control them, feign surprise and use faulty intelligence to justify war.

America’s New Scapegoat

During the Clinton years, as U.S. technological advances led to an economic miracle, huge numbers of American jobs were exported to China; manufacturing was thought to be a thing of the past. Meanwhile, U.S. corporations invested billions in China that could have been invested domestically. The result: China is now being accused of doing well at the expense of the United States. How convenient.

Gold and Gold Stocks

After spending two decades in a protracted downtrend, it’s time to reconsider gold. We’re looking at gold’s technical and fundamental positions and explain how we’ve positioned ourselves to take advantage.

The United Nations

We revisit the U.N. Charter and review what happened to an institutional concept that once inspired. We examine the U.S. Security Council’s agenda of the past 25 years and conclude that if the world experiences occasional periods of stability, it’s not because the idealism enshrined in the UN’s guiding principles got us there, but because an impasse between the permanent Security Council members or mutual fear between them held everyone in check. We offer some remedies that might improve the situation.

Esthetics Over Ethics

The duplicity of the anti-American lobby is as disturbing as America’s habit to serve up lies and hoist the banner of morality when its intention is to coerce and oppress. What’s really disturbing is that it works. Propaganda is the mainstay of political success in America. And, as recent evidence shows, in the world.

The Iraq War

The concept of “pre-emptive strike” marks the beginning of an openly Imperialistic America. Depending on how the doctrine is applied, it may also mark then end of moral leadership and the dawn of an era in which corporate interests dominate the militarily and economically most powerful nation. 20th century type democracy may be on its way out; oligarchy might be its logical successor. In this four-part essay, we explore the set-up to the Iraq War, the new U.S. doctrines that resulted from the confrontation, and how they will change our lives.