This a list organized by topic of milestone or “major” posts, analyses, essays and articles which together cover my views and retrace me intellectual itinerary. Really significant ones, e.g. that are especially formative and/or worth reading, are bolded.
I cover a good deal of my personal history and outlook in this interview on “Da Russophile” I did with the excellent Russia blogger Anatoly Karlin.
On France and the French.
- “The Economist’s War on France: Why the French economy remains superior to Britain’s”, 30 May 2012. [FR]
- “‘Thanks to men like him, France lives on and will not disappear”, 9 October 2010. On the French national ideology and France’s ambition for a non-American world.
- “John Four-Sea’s ‘Francophone Rage’”, 2 October 2010. On the Anglophobia of France’s most prominent EU affairs journalist.
- “De 1940″. Why the French are not cheese-eating surrender monkeys and how, you know, quite a few actually nobly fought and sacrificed themselves against Hitler in 1940. In French.
On European politics in the broadest sense: the “European way of life,” European integration beside the euro, the continent’s and nations’ socio-economic models, environmental and energy models, demographics, etc.
- “In Defense of Green Protectionism: Why the EU should put the planet before free trade”, Future Challenges, 21 April 2012.
- “Libya: Can a democracy survive it’s oil-wealth?”, Future Challenges, 23 September 2011.
- “Europe’s Atomic Dilemma: Will the anti-nuclear wave increase carbon emissions?”, Future Challenges, 17 August 2011.
- “A Blessing in Disguise: How resource poverty has prepared Europe for peak oil”, Future Challenges, 1 November 2011.
- “In Defense of Decadent Europe: Is it ‘the best place on Earth to be born’?”. Channeling Raymond Aron, I dismantle myths propagated by Europhobes on Europe’s demographics and economics. Very bullish and would have been justifiably so were it not eurozone leaders’ mismanagement in the summer of 2011.
- “L’Europe élargie contre la ‘désintégration européenne’”, Nouvelle Europe, 8 July 2011. [EN: "The enlarged EU against 'European disintegration'"]
- “The Polish EU Presidency: Budget and solidarity”, EurActiv, 10 June 2011. [FR]
- “Ageing Europe in Global Context: Decadence or World Trend?”, Future Challenges, 3 January 2011.
- “An Islamic Germany!?”, Future Challenges, 19 October 2010.
- “The boulder of memory”, The Beaver, 29 January 2010. Feature article on the death of British historian of Europe Tony Judt.
- “Of Law and Blah”. A very early cartoon (2004!) on why the European Union never gets anything done. Then-head of the E.U.’s diplomatic service Chris Patten had a very similar assessment which he shared with a U.S. diplomat, later published by WikiLeaks.
On the European Union’s common currency, permanent crisis since 2009, the economic, social and democratic disaster, and possible means of escape.
- “Are Europeans ‘living beyond their means’? An answer in 5 charts”, 12 June 2012. [FR]
- “What’s the matter with European Socialism?”, Future Challenges , 25 April 2012. On divisions between the French and German Lefts, Agenda 2010 reforms in Germany, and challenges for the eurozone.
- “Eurocratese vs. Democracy”, Future Challenges, 25 April 2012.
- “Mario Draghi: Balanced budgets to be achieved through spending cuts alone”, 25 February 2012. [FR]
- “Eurostat: Eurozone debt actually decreasing”, 9 February 2012.
- “EU Leaders’ Jobs Promise: The more they talk, the less they do”, Future Challenges, 2 February 2012.
- “‘Homeopathic Economics’: Thoughts on the new E.U./U.S. economic figures and the Eurozone crisis”, 4 December 2010.
The American Republic, its model of capitalism and democracy, its eternal crusade in the Muslim World (including European participation), and relationships with the Europeans.
- “Bin Laden Is Dead: Some Thoughts on the End of an Era”. Reaction to the death of the arch-Terrorist, lament at the maintenance of American militarism, wars overseas, and violations of international and national law in the supposed struggle against Terrorism.
- “The Lonely Military-Industrial Complex”.
- “Punching”. On the nature of nations’ international power, the futility of over-militarized power.
- “Hoffmann vs. Zakaria”. On a 2003 debate between Stanley Hoffmann and Fareed Zakaria. Decisively shows the foresight of the French-American historian and the arrogance of the Indian-American pundit.
- “Sacrifice All Unto the Big Green Blob”. An early post (2006) attacking the neoconservative “clash of ideologies” fantasy as a justification for eternal war.
Britain & Euroskepticism
On Britain, its neo-Victorian bankster capitalism, “special” relationship with the U.S., and the often hysterical propaganda of some euroskeptics.
- “British Europhobes and Van Rompuy’s Speech”. Reaction to one example of the incredibly shameless willful misrepresentation and lies some British euroskeptics are willing to indulge in to demonize the European Union.