Friday, June 24, 2016

№ 275. Geopolitics and Exit Strategies

Empires crumble, unions divorce, monarchs fade and historicities recede into forgotten myths. It is really just a matter of time --- in days, months, years, decades, centuries or light years (distance is a measure of time, because of the continuum).

Thus passes the glory of the world....

Cases in point:

1. Holmes, a great jurist, is now just a face on a postage stamp. Soon, he will likely be forgotten too.

2. Europe was, and still is, a living and continuing experiment of the maxim "diversity without division and unity without uniformity". Three years ago, we thought Greece would be the first to go, and maybe a handful of weaker systems in the union. We thought wrong. How would U.K.'s departure play out? The world is certainly more uncertain. Loki would be very happy. So would Russia and China.

3. The Roman Catholic Church suffered and survived many collapses, schisms and coups in its very long history. In what manner or form it will exist and thrive in the 21st century, who knows?

4. Japanese companies that once ruled the electronics industry. Nowadays, they make headlines for their problems rather than their products. Vanity, vanity, all is vanity. (Added May 11, 2017)

5. Europe, long thought to be a bedrock of political stability is acting up again. Spain and Catalonia now. What's next, Scotland?

"The Spanish government's representative in Catalonia has apologised to those injured during police efforts to stop Sunday's independence referendum.

But Enric Millo blamed the Catalan government for holding an illegal vote.

Meanwhile the government in Madrid has issued a decree making it easier for companies to move their headquarters away from Catalonia." (Added October 7, 2017)

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