Read this article. This is the most important geopolitical essay I have read in 2014, in both the academic or general media. I absolutely agree with this assessment. The decisions we make in the next two years concerning China may define the next generation of the world. If we go the Theocratic Rightist way we are doomed. If we choose policies that are compassionate, inclusionist, and life-affirming stressing wellness, America will continue to enjoy a position of world leadership and the world will be more peaceful.
Without fanfare—indeed, with some misgivings about its new status—China has just overtaken the United States as the world’s largest economy. This is, and should be, a wake-up call—but not the kind most Americans might imagine.
Phi Beta Iota: Minister-Mentor Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore has stated that “democracy, not democracy” is the difinitive arbiter of the future. We agree. Brother Joseph is partly right — the Chinese are the most organized and far-future thinking among the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa). He is also half wrong. In addition to Indonesia, Nigeria, Turkey, and Iran (which punches above its demographic weight), we have the poor of Africa, South America, Central Asia, and South Asia. In our view, going forward, the BRICS+ are the coaches, the poor are the players, and Open Source Everything (OSE) is the ball.