Maybe chaos and complexity will be the defining themes of the 21century.
War with ISIL/ISIS
To the lay public this seems like simple philosophical extremes - Good vs Evil. Democracy vs Dictatorship. Compassion vs Cruelty. Tolerance vs Genocide.
But it is not. All our chickens are coming home to roost. I am referring to the collective western nations when i say ‘our’ (north america, western europe and australia). We have spent the past half century to century forming extremely complicated alliances rife with contradictions and compromises. Do any of us have an obvious high ground in negotiations? I don’t see it.
Countries with the biggest untapped consumer base (china, india, indonesia, brazil) and countries with the most uninvested capital (middle east, ??) seem to be the only ones with any sort of negotiation capital.
In hindsight, the alliances may have been unavoidable since capitalism was the most prominent global export of the past 50-75 years. Are we now seeing the hidden opportunity cost of global capitalism being the most important factor in forming alliances? …
I don’t have an answer but the rest of the 21st century is shaping to be quite a doozy at this point.
A slight non sequitur:
China: wanting to be a world superpower means getting your hands really dirty. You don’t get to play the “i don’t care and don’t have a point of view card” over and over again. Russia threatens Ukraine, idk. ISIL threatens Levant and europe, idk.
If you are the biggest investor, benefactor and partner for the continent of Africa in the 21st century, be one. You have given less help to the countries fighting Ebola then Mark Zuckerberg has as an individual. If you want to be treated like a grown up, maybe you should act like one.
The technological achievements show cased in the “fire phone” are impressive. But I cannot shake the feeling that Amazon’s main purpose here was to add a calling feature and internet connectivity to the price gun. You know; the device people use as they walk around a store adding items to their registry. This is not a phone. This is a always connected credit card with a calling feature. I feel brazenly manipulated.
I am impressed by Amazon’s ability to flex its AWS muscle to solve freaking HARD problems.