Leaving the western alliance – Part II

Blog No. 193.  This blog assumes that the reader has first read Part I. https://khakispecs.com/leaving-the-western-alliance-part-1/ Previous blogs have referred to the crises facing all humanity: pandemics; environmental collapse; climate change; high-tech nuclear war. None of these can be effectively addressed while the institutions of global governance are in their current state of anarchy. A major […]

Leaving the Western alliance – Part 1

Blog No 192. Clark interview  Helen Clark interview: Geoffrey Palmer’s comment says it all – joining the Five Eyes was in no way a democratic decision – we now need one to get us out. 4 minute read Not totally subservient NZ did’t join other Five Eyes members protests over Hong-Kong: It should be noted […]

RIMPAC: thoughts for senior officers participating in RIMPAC

On the 14th May 2020, the contents of this blog were sent to Ron Mark, NZ’s Minister of Defence. Neither the article nor the covering letter that argued for a reconsideration of NZ’s commitment to the US alliance received an acknowledgement. Today, it is open to the public. Blog No. 191. I was recently asked […]

The Thucydides Trap

Blog No 190. Today there are three existential perils facing humanity, nuclear war, rapid climate change and pandemics. These are currently prioritised in the NZ population’s thoughts and endeavours in reverse order. The current Covid-19 pandemic is of the most immediate concern and, following that, assuming it dissipates and ceases to be a problem, will […]

An unresilient system

Blog 189. It is the debt we already carry that makes the porter’s task so impossible. Of the many, many articles being written about the current Covid-19 pandemic, I have found one particularly enlightening.  https://popularresistance.org/coronavirus-scientific-realities-vs-economic-fallacies/ It was written by Georgi Marinov, a post-doctoral researcher at Stanford University. Having been born in communist Bulgaria, Marinov writes […]

Time to Break Free: from now on… Part IV

Blog No.188 Genesis 1:26-28 King James Version (KJV) 26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that […]

Time to break free: loosening America’s stranglehold: Part III.

Time to break free: Loosening America’s stranglehold. Part III Blog No.187. Sawing through the legs of the stool. Many will argue that the Covid-19 crisis provides the perfect opportunity for a more communal-minded socialism to displace the selfish individualism of the neo-liberalism ideology on which the West’s privileged elites are feasting.  Might it be argued […]

Time to break free: Loosening America’s stranglehold. Part II: Exterminism.

Blog No.186. The Situation. A nation’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic is an indicator of how it might cope with the future and more dire challenges that rapid global warming is about to inflict on humanity. The Anglo-Americans, responsible for the cult of individual rights and the spread of neo-liberal capitalism have created an economic […]

Time to break free: breaking America’s stranglehold Part I

Blog No. 185. Today is Saturday 28th of March – the third day in which New Zealand, under the exemplary leadership of Jacinda Ardern, has been in lock-down to slow the spread of Covid-19. I don’t know how best to chronicle despair. There must be so many of my fellow beings who feel despair because […]

Tony Kevin

Blog 184 The first 1000 or so words of this blog consist of a review of two books. It was written at the suggestion of their author, Tony Kevin.  The first book ‘Return to Moscow’ was published in 2015 and thus, is too out-of-date for its review to be acceptable in publications that take book […]