Rupert August

This is an evolving story, and so in an effort to not date the below too much – we shall focus on some wider context, rather than the exact events unfolding. But it remains to be established that – subsequently to buying a significant stake in Twitter and refusing to be integrated into the existing …

Musk, Twitter, and you. Read More »

Much is afoot in international markets, this much is obvious. Between existing inflationary pressures to supply chains, fiat currency printing, and financial market troubles in regional markets (notably China’s property sector, and Turkish currency devaluation), there would already be a bumpy few years in our collective economic future. Then the war in the Donbas heated …

Putin is Upending the Table Read More »

Man is hungry by nature. Whether it be for adventure, experience (of a sort), control, understanding, or ownership, he wishes to know what is beyond the next hill – metaphorical or literal. He wishes for growth, in himself and his holdings. He wishes to be able to answer the question with confidence “this is why …

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Demographics are a popular issue to talk about, within political, geopolitical, and economic groups, pretty much all have a concern of some sort. I would like to add history to that list to demonstrate how all of these come together, and what that might mean for the future.
Populations are not generic of course, and the self-identified differentiation between them is usually enough of a shorthand to see where practical considerations will lie, but there are also harder factors that will dictate the boundaries. These groups often have their own cultural spheres, their own hierarchies and leadership networks, and will find themselves on their own path in relation to others – even if they sometimes reside near one another geographically. There is often a geographical consideration, but it does not seem to be definitive compared to other circumstances; both material and spiritual.

Part of the draw, if not the main draw, to studying topics such as power relations, social dynamics, and political trajectories – is the promise of unearthing some universal qualities which will make sense of the world in some underlying way. Conversely, there is the opposite proposition: that all traditions are distinct and particular to particular people. After all, if there is no such thing as a generic man without a distinct culture or tradition, then stimuli will be reacted to differently at both the micro and macro scale.

Networks of influence and influence hierarchies are something that are well-known, and well understood in principle, but specificities around what the peak of any such network would look like – are often elusive. There may be disagreement on whether, in practice, a large number of small nodes exist, or one great network in which one …

Owned and Borrowed Power Read More »