Al LeBlanc's Blog – August 2016 Archive (3)

#Cyberpeacefare #Enemies #Benjamin Franklin

"Love your enemies; for they shall tell you all your faults."    Benjamin Franklin

(Especially the corruption of "power" so ubiquitous in the world  everyday !  CyberPeaceGadfly)

Added by Al LeBlanc on August 24, 2016 at 4:35pm — No Comments

#Cyberpeacefare #Hate #Albert Einstein

"It would seem that men always need some idiotic fiction in the name of which they can hate one another. Once it was religion. Now it is the state."  Albert Einstein

(Wonder what Einstein would say about Radical Islam/Islamism/ISIS ?  CyberPeaceGadfly)

Added by Al LeBlanc on August 17, 2016 at 9:46am — 1 Comment

#Cyberpeacfare #Responsibility #Albert Ellis

"The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own.  You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny." Albert Ellis

(Seems to me we can extend Ellis's observation to general responsibility problem of usall; we must - Individually - take responsibility for our common good, common home and concern for future generations? CyberPeaceGadfly)

Added by Al LeBlanc on August 7, 2016 at 10:13am — No Comments

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The Ethics of Trade with China and Authoritarian Upgrading

Increased foreign investment and engagement is producing, not democratization, but "authoritarian upgrading," where selected reforms are designed to legitimize a softer authoritarianism. This presents an ethical dilemma for international trade. What direction will China, Uzbekistan, Russia, and other "upgraded authoritarian" states evolve towards in the coming decade?

The 2020 Election & the View from Overseas, with Nikolas Gvosdev

As the 2020 election begins to come into focus, Senior Fellow Nikolas Gvosdev details the foreign policy cleavages in the Democratic Party. Plus, referencing Nahal Toosi's recent article in "Politico," he discusses the worries that many in Europe have about a Trump reelection or a progressive candidate who also questions the status quo. What's the view from abroad on this turbulent time in American politics?

Ethics & the U.S.-China Trade War, with Nikolas Gvosdev

What role should ethics play in the U.S.-China trade war? Senior Fellow Nikolas Gvosdev looks at these economic tensions in the context of the Uyghur detention and the Hong Kong protests, different theories on integrating China into the world economy, and what it could mean to "lose" in this conflict. Is there a breaking point in terms of China's human rights policies? What's the view in Africa and Europe?

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