Perth Leadership Institute - Government http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/categories/government Mon, 21 Oct 2019 07:51:41 +0000 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb BREXIT is just a sideshow – the main act is European disintegration http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/brexit-is-just-a-sideshow-the-main-act-is-european-disintegration http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/brexit-is-just-a-sideshow-the-main-act-is-european-disintegration
It looks like BREXIT is a mess. It’s fiendishly complicated. I already posted on this in 2016 (“ BREXITed - UK Gain, EU Pain ”). My thesis was that BREXIT would hurt the EU far more than the UK. Now I’ve had more time to consider the issue what’s my lowly opinion now? My opinion last time concerned the short-term, what would happen in the next 5 ye...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Government Sat, 01 Dec 2018 13:05:42 +0000
Could augmented reality save affordable housing? http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/could-augmented-reality-save-affordable-housing http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/could-augmented-reality-save-affordable-housing
Did you see the one where 95 affordable apartments were offered for rent in Ye Olde San Francisco recently and 6580 people applied ? So much for being poor in the richest city in the US.   In a similar vein, I keep on seeing all this stuff about foreign heads of state being entertained at Mar a Lago. Hmm, that sounds like there’s a tin ear somewher...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Government Sat, 09 Jun 2018 10:13:20 +0000
China has just leapfrogged the US in a big way http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/china-has-just-leapfrogged-the-us-in-a-big-way http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/china-has-just-leapfrogged-the-us-in-a-big-way
I just arrived back from one of my regular business trips to China. Here’s my tally: air pollution is even worse, water in rivers is filthy. Yet the built environment is even more impressive and the Chinese people have made giant steps forward over their American and European counterparts in the convenience of their lives. How so?   It’s called WeC...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Government Sat, 19 May 2018 12:44:48 +0000
Is authoritarian leadership inevitable? http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/is-authoritarian-leadership-inevitable http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/is-authoritarian-leadership-inevitable
We’ve just seen China approve a lifting of term limits on their leader, an epochal decision. Clearly there’s a move to authoritarian leadership globally. As well as China there’s the usual suspects like Russia, Belarus and North Korea, but now there’s some new/newish members of the club including Turkey, Hungary, Poland, Venezuela, Malaysia and Mya...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Leadership Sat, 17 Mar 2018 13:32:45 +0000
How about “Nuclear Winter Olympics” World War 3 playoffs? http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/how-about-nuclear-winter-olympics-world-war-3-playoffs http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/how-about-nuclear-winter-olympics-world-war-3-playoffs
We’ve just had the latest Winter Olympics in South Korea. Of course it was overshadowed by the nuclear threats hurled at each other by the US and North Korea. Olympics are supposed to be about peace but this clearly wasn’t a very peaceable atmosphere. Now the Dear Respected Comrade is on an ostensible peace offensive, let’s see how long that lasts....]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Government Sat, 10 Mar 2018 14:42:59 +0000
Robocracy – for when democracy doesn’t work any more http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/robocracy-for-when-democracy-doesn-t-work-any-more http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/robocracy-for-when-democracy-doesn-t-work-any-more
For lovers of democracy, what’s not to dislike? Dystopian news from Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Ukraine, North Korea and so on. Not to mention German, Hungary, Myanmar. Even (especially?) the US! Could things get worse? You remember “ The End of History ” by Francis Fukuyama? Liberalism and democracy triumph, nothing left to do until mankind reac...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Leadership Sun, 10 Dec 2017 18:56:23 +0000
Self-driving vehicles – less crime, more social control http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/self-driving-vehicles-less-crime-more-social-control http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/self-driving-vehicles-less-crime-more-social-control
Just some idle speculation on my part while I was flossing my teeth. You know, thinking about life when I’m not allowed to drive a car, which looks like it could be soon. Ah well… So it looks like self-driving cars are well on the way. Doesn’t that mean there will be a lot less accidents? The statisterati say that 95% of motor vehicle accidents are...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Innovation and innovators Sat, 25 Nov 2017 18:40:23 +0000
Should nuclear proliferation be encouraged? http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/should-nuclear-proliferation-be-encouraged http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/should-nuclear-proliferation-be-encouraged
I guess you might have seen that the UN has just opened up for signature a treaty that would ban all nuclear weapons ? The big (nuclear) guys have already announced they won’t sign it. What a great start! Dream on. So nuclear proliferation is bad right? We should ban all nuclear weapons? Nonproliferation has been the core principle in international...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Government Sat, 23 Sep 2017 10:33:21 +0000
Could China be North Korea’s True Nuclear Target? http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/could-china-be-north-korea-s-true-nuclear-target http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/could-china-be-north-korea-s-true-nuclear-target
It looks like North Korea really has it in for the US. But what if the Dear Leader’s real target is China? Now that sounds crazy right? China is North Korea’s closest ally. Moreover it is North Korea’s main trade partner. As the media constantly remind us, China will never move against North Korea because it needs the Hermit Kingdom to keep the Kor...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Uncategorized Fri, 15 Sep 2017 11:26:22 +0000
Is love a physical force-field? http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/is-love-a-physical-force-field http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/is-love-a-physical-force-field
Did you hear about the recent wedding of two people in their nineties ( She’s 98. He’s 94. They Met at the Gym ). Tells us that you can have love even when it might be thought you were past it. Put it in the sweet news column. It used to be thought that love was a spiritual phenomenon (as distinct from being a spiritual feeling). Then we discovered...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Sustainability Sat, 19 Aug 2017 13:53:36 +0000
A Radical Fix for the North Korea Problem http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/v http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/v
I don’t have to tell you how serious the North Korea issue is. It’s clearly getting even worse. We are close to the level of severity of the Cuban missile crisis, even beyond. Is there anything to be done about it? So far all strategies have failed. Talks, sanctions, negotiations, threats, hacking. The only thing left is war. But if that happens we...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Government Sat, 10 Jun 2017 14:07:57 +0000
Are dynasties the future of democracy? http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/are-dynasties-the-future-of-democracy http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/are-dynasties-the-future-of-democracy
So I know I don’t have to remind you that we have a family running the US of A. Let’s say that it continues, with or without a gap between other family members also getting into the saddle. That’s what a dynasty is, in both cases. And this is hardly new. In modern times we’ve had the Kennedys, the Bushes and the Clintons. The Roosevelts before that...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Leadership Sat, 06 May 2017 14:44:04 +0000
Self-driving democracy? http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/self-driving-democracy http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/self-driving-democracy
We’ve seen some strange things lately in the political arena, what with Brexit, Trump, and the upcoming political upstarts in Europe and so on. So strange in fact that African leaders are now warning global leaders not to copy the West’s political systems, as did Rwanda’s Paul Kagame recently . So strange that Russia’s Putin is now seen as a rock s...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Government Sat, 08 Apr 2017 15:23:06 +0000
Does noise cause global dysfunction in human mood? http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/does-noise-cause-global-dysfunction-in-human-mood http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/does-noise-cause-global-dysfunction-in-human-mood
Music streaming is hot. Everyone’s doing it. So why is it so popular? Well, the music is popular and varied, often relaxing. You can live in your own world. What’s not to like? Outside there’s a lot of hurly-burly and especially a lot of noise. Is music streaming a way to get away from the noise? We are all bathed in a constant tumult of noise, unc...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Health Sat, 18 Feb 2017 16:00:48 +0000
Can the cognitive biases of the intelligence agencies be exploited by our enemies? http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/can-the-cognitive-biases-of-the-intelligence-agencies-be-exploited-by-our-enemies-1 http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/can-the-cognitive-biases-of-the-intelligence-agencies-be-exploited-by-our-enemies-1
National intelligence has been a hot topic lately. That’s a bit weird given that I have been posting on artificial intelligence . Does national intelligence come even close to AI? Can we trust its analyses? OK so I have a tiny bit of first-hand experience in this. In my callow youth I was actually a junior diplomat for a small power allied to the U...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Decision-making Sat, 14 Jan 2017 13:01:45 +0000
There’s a better alternative to the UN! http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/there-s-a-better-alternative-to-the-un http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/there-s-a-better-alternative-to-the-un
Nikki Haley has just been appointed the new US Ambassador-Elect (??) to the UN. Another day, another dollar. Elections have consequences & etc. But she’s an impressive person. So how come she is allowing herself to be appointed to be the US representative to a body which, by wide agreement just doesn’t work? One that just has not been capable o...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Government Sat, 03 Dec 2016 15:45:17 +0000
Are universities obsolete? http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/are-universities-obsolete-1 http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/are-universities-obsolete-1
So I’m sure you’ve heard about the MOOCs – massively open online courses? There’s a bunch of them now like Udacity and Coursera. Many universities are adding new online course offerings powered by them. So the MOOCs are already doing a little to disrupt the university scene. But so far they haven’t had a fundamental impact, notwithstanding recent m...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Work and Careers Sat, 19 Nov 2016 15:23:57 +0000
Sleeping with the enemy – should central banks adopt bitcoin? http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/sleeping-with-the-enemy-should-central-banks-adopt-bitcoin http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/sleeping-with-the-enemy-should-central-banks-adopt-bitcoin
Hands up anyone who hasn’t heard of Bitcoin. No takers of course. So far it has been a qualified failure. Its most faithful users are the wrong kind of people who use if for money laundering and criminal activities. Yet bitcoin has many good uses and there are even legitimate companies that are starting to use it. But there is a use for bitcoin whi...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Economics and finance Sat, 16 Apr 2016 00:28:03 +0000
Blockchain – A Revolutionary New Way to Stop Corruption in its Tracks, Everywhere! http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/blockchain-a-revolutionary-new-way-to-stop-corruption-in-its-tracks-everywhere http://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/blockchain-a-revolutionary-new-way-to-stop-corruption-in-its-tracks-everywhere
You’ve probably heard of bitcoins, which are now, once again a hot topic. A US company (Coinbase) has just started up the first bitcoin credit card in the US, so I guess if it has a piece of plastic behind it, it must be good. But bitcoin is getting to be old hat these days. The really hot ticket is the blockchain which is the technology model unde...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Economics and finance Sat, 21 Nov 2015 00:09:58 +0000