Ukraine reveals the sad impotency of the international establishment

The establishment is obsessed with meaningless words and “constructive dialogue,” but all Vladimir Putin cares about is power.  We’ve wasted decades talking about containing Russian aggression while increasing Russian power by granting them access to European energy markets.  Words will not change this dynamic, only the application of power in the form of US energy… Continue reading Ukraine reveals the sad impotency of the international establishment

Shakespeare’s Henry V and the timeless politics of power

King Henry V is a nationalist hero to the English, a villain to the French, and likely something in between to modern audiences.  Part heroic warrior, part self-serving, calculating politician, Henry’s rise prompts timeless questions about the nature of power in general. Shakespeare’s Henry V is a subtly yet at times disturbingly contradictory character, a… Continue reading Shakespeare’s Henry V and the timeless politics of power