by Gordon Duff, VT Sr. Editor, with New Eastern Outlook, Moscow, and the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, a research institution for the study of the countries and cultures of Asia and North Africa.


Analysts apply theories to interpret events, to forecast, to influence and even to warn.  Behind this is determinism, the theory that all events are inexorable, the result of causations independent of human foible.

Determinists rule our century, we bask in their hubris and ignorance.  When their theories fail, a new algorithm applied to fake data is turned to, and the descent into catastrophe, though inexorable to the rational, disappears at the determinists’ other theory, that of denialism.

As we move into February 2020, the tensions, the hate, the anger can be felt around the world.  To most, if not all sentient mammals, the idea of governments and institutions as primary actors is at an end.  Banditry, hypocrisy and hedonism rule.

The denialists in Washington are tasked with prolonging the fall of the American empire.  The determinists view the death throes and call them “trends.”

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