One of my favorite "futurists" and geopolitical strategists is George Friedman, who recently launched a new firm, Geopolitical Futures. I became acquainted with him about a decade ago after he published "The Next 100 Years," featuring a host of predictions, some of which have proven prescient. At the time, Friedman was running another company he started, Stratfor.
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He also pens a periodic essay that is emailed to subscribers, which I always enjoy. He posted one recently on the "Decline of Dignity" that is worth your time. And today, a very historic if unique perspective on racial unrest that is gripping parts of our major (and a few minor) cities.
Instead of my summarizing it - it is not that long - I'm posting and linking it below. I will set it up with his premise that we are in the midst of a 50-year cycle of racial unrest - the "storm before the calm." It helps put our current unpleasantness in some perspective.