John J. Reilly quotes Stefan Theil’s “Europe’s Philosophy of Failure”, but didn’t comment [in 2008] on this very neo-liberal declaration that catches my eye [in 2020]: In France and Germany, students are being forced to undergo a dangerous indoctrination. Taught that economic principles such as capitalism, free
There is a fascinating bit here at the end of John J. Reilly’s blog post about how current “independence” movements are always really “dependence“ movements, as the states in question never have any ability to function or defend themselves without a more powerful sponsor. This can happen recursively, for
And so we come to a new year of John J. Reilly’s blog. As was usual for John on New Year’s Day, he issued some predictions. His 2008 predictions were unusually bad: The subprime-loan question is starting to look like the Enron scandal: an important story that has
John uses this 2007 report from the British Ministry of Defence to riff on some of his favorite themes. In particular, he seems to have well understood that communications technology could be used to surveil and manipulate just as much as it can be used to enrage mobs, and this
In the mid 2000s, John Reilly often defended President George W. Bush, for partisan reasons. I have to hold him to account for this. However, I do try to balance it out with things like his assessment of the capacity of Islamic transnational movements to found a state: Transnationalism has
Ed West noted recently that progressives have been becoming more and more globalist as times goes on, since this is seen as nationalism, the root of all evil. I call it globalism instead of pro-empire, because the the Empire is a socially conservative place, but I know what Ed means.
In the years since this was written, the shifting of politics from a left/right axis to a globalist/nationalist axis has continued. In the last paragraph, John noted that the attempt of the US to continue to function as a sovereign nation in the Great Power/Treaty of Westphalia