>Top 10. A More Dangerous World:
- My call to the West to be cunning:
- I am doing so because a naïve and ideological West is dangerous.
- "Democracy is the worst form of government, except for the alternatives."
- Democracies have demonstrated long-term resilience.
- the West is wrong in believing that democracy is a necessary condition for economic success.
- If it were, China could not and should not have succeeded. But it has.
- Turkey, Erdoǧan, one man; how much of Turkish anger was a result to being insulted by Europe for decades?
- Turkey applied for EU in 1987 and never got in.; Austria, Cyprus, Malta, Sweden, Finland, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Slovenia and Croatia applied later and did.
- It wold have been wiser to keep Turks out and admit Turkey into the EU (with restrictions on free movement of labor)
- It was a folly for EU to launch the Common agricultural Policy (CAP) in 1962; which enriched a few European farmers.
- World GDP in 1950, US-Europe (UK, France, Germany) share was 43%, while by 2050 it will have shrunk to 24%.
- Population in 1950, US-Europe share was 22%, and Africa 9%, while by 2050 Europe 7% and Africa 39%.
- >Top UNSC
- In 2045, on the 100th anniversary of UNSC if UK and France remain permanent members and India is out, the UNSC would have lost all its credibility.
- Singapore is a small, predominantly Chinese state surrounded by two large Muslim state; Muslim states.
- Middle East region with less Western meddling will ultimately be a predominantly peaceful region.
- The best way to strengthen the credibility of the UNSC is for UK (67M) to give up its seat to India (135M), for France (65M) to share its seat with the EU (512M).
- This is a plain common sense for long-term Eurpean interests.
- Some strategic common sense would encourage America to be more prudent than expansionary in its military spending.
- nook: corner or recess
- futile: incapable of producing any useful result