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Believing Our Own BS

In business, a company gets into trouble when it starts believing its own BS. The same is true for a nation, except there “bankruptcy” can mean war, possibly nuclear. To prevent needless wars and ultimately to save the planet, we as a nation need to stop believing our own BS. The seven international case studies in our book provide many examples (click for free PDF and see pages 169-223), and recent articles in TIME and the New York Times highlight the problem, unfortunately by example, not by correcting the problem. Continue reading “Believing Our Own BS”

North Korea Offers to Stop Nuclear Tests

Winston Churchill once called Russia “a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma,” a description that today seems applicable to North Korea. We used to believe Churchill meant that there was no rhyme or reason to Russia’s actions, but two years ago Marty came across the full quote: “[Russia] is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma; but perhaps there is a key. That key is Russian national interest.”

To solve the riddle of how to get North Korea to stop nuclear testing, we have to find a solution that takes their national interests into account. And we don’t have to look very hard since North Korea proposed just such a solution two years ago and again last week. Here’s the key part from last week’s offer: Continue reading “North Korea Offers to Stop Nuclear Tests”