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A constituent of the vast baby boomer generation with a career which has been fortunate to know the ponderous corporate worlds, as well as the intimately pressurized, and invigorating entrepreneurial domains of high tech and venture capital, I have harvested my share of mistakes meandering through corridors of enterprise from Silicon Valley, to London and endless, colourful, sometimes praetorian points in between. The voyage has provided an abundance of fodder for a pen yielding to an inquisitive keyboard, a foraging mind, and a passionate spirit. Whether political or business or social or economic or personal, is it not all political? It is a privilege to write, and an even greater privilege to be read by anyone, and sometimes with the wind at my back the writing may occasionally be legible. I do not write to invite scorn, nor to invite respect, but if I get really lucky the writing can stimulate thinking. I also write for the very selfish purpose of animating my own processes, and engaging the best of what life offers. Above all, whether biting fire or swatting shadows, I am grateful to be gifted the freedom to write and publish whatever flows down to the keyboard. To all those who enabled this freedom, and to all those standing guard to preserve it, I am indebted.

Posts by James Raider

Donald Trump

TRUMP – Some Stimulation For Our Lethargy, Finally

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Trump is running.  Finally some energy and dynamism gets showered on the Presidential race, but with the vast majority of the media laughing disparagingly at today’s announcement by Trump, including most of the pundits on the right, I dusted off the core of an article I published here on FA in April of 2011. Since… Read more »

Too-Big-To-Fail

The Dichotomy of “Too Big To Fail”

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In a reply to a comment from F.A. contributor Nanny G on  Deconstruction of Cruz and Ryan I realized, after writing it, my too casual use of the term, “Too-Big-To-Fail.”   Too-Big-To-Fail is a label that has gathered much deceptive moss.  Used with some regularity since the economic panic that started in 2007 and accelerated at full throttle in September… Read more »

Ryan & Cruz

Deconstruction of Cruz and Ryan

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Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) has been busy selling the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), intended to fast-track the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and related deals, to Americans, along with others like Rubio, Boehner, and Ryan. Let’s do some due diligence on how he’s selling it and explore this incomprehensible explanation during an interview yesterday, . . . “Historically,… Read more »

Santa Anna in military uniform

“Despotism is the proper government for them”

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In 1824, a political gladhander, liar, narcissist, military general, self-proclaimed hero and dictator, made the following statement about the people of Mexico, “A hundred years to come my people will not be fit for liberty. They do not know what it is, unenlightened as they are, and under the influence of a Catholic clergy, a despotism is the proper government for them, but there is no reason why it should not be a wise and virtuous one.”

Obama & Clinton

Obama Destroys Clinton’s Foreign Policy Swagger

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The Hillary Clinton Presidential campaign machinery has masterfully shielded her from any probes the media might burrow into her policies, any policies, or into whether she even has policies that she might impose on the Nation from the Oval Office. From behind the shield she feels comfortable hurling divisive claims of GOP voter supression in the knowledge that the pandering media leaders will lead the accommodating pack down a rabbit hole.

McConnell-Boehner-Obama

The “Trans Pacific Partnership (TTP)” Hustle

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House and Senate committees have agreed to “fast track” an international trade agreement being negotiated by Obama. Conservatives have been thrown a ball of confusion — aren’t they supposed to support free trade? Isn’t international trade a good thing for America? Does anyone know what’s in this deal? Does McConnell know? Does Boehner? Not a chance. They and enough Republicans have been conned into trusting and believing Obama on what will be the most far reaching trade agreement in the history of mankind.

iran-nuclear-deal-talks

IRAN – The Media’s Bucket-Hauling For This Administration Knows No Bounds

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Unless you are sleeping in one of Iran’s hidden uranium enrichment bunkers where the isotope separation is proceeding apace, you are not protected from the incessant and toxic media coverage of the “Obama / Iran  almost-deal.”  There is no deal.  There never will be a deal.  Nevertheless, the left’s media machines are building the foundation for a “legacy.” Iran supposedly… Read more »

Chelsea & Hillary

Chelsea Clinton’s Self-Righteous Entitlement – And No One Noticed?

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Chelsea Clinton told an interviewer, when referring to her mother’s Presidential run, “I don’t know what she’s going to decide. But whatever it is, it will be the right decision for her and for all of us.” Fusion’s Alicia Menendez evidently found it a completely natural statement for her interviewee to make, and so did the rest of the media which repeated this story.

Wall Street Bull

Our Economic System Is No Longer Capitalism

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The battle of ideologies currently raging in America produces an attack from the left on everything that can be gathered and apprehended in a basket labelled with the catch-all term “Capitalism,” — catch-all because what it refers to in today’s America can hardly be identified as Capitalism.