Peronists seize power again in Argentina

Peronism historically has both fascistic and left-wing elements. But it's also highly contradictory and inconsistent. Kirchnerists - left-wing Peronists - are back in power. What does this entail?

In this post, I will give a brief history of the Argentinian political ideology peronism. I will make several points in favor, and against peronism. Ultimately, I'm glad the left-wing peronists are back in power, but I have reservations. If my post seems wishy-washy, I don't think peronism can be properly understood without nuance.

China leases port to Macau, a new form of statecraft

Will the future of nation-states entail strategic border changes between semi-autonomous "countries" within larger countries?

Macau represents a strange, semi-corporate, semi-state entity. This is expressed in its strange boundaries, which include a small, densely populated peninsula, and several islands that are now connected through land reclamation, and bits of leased land on the nearby Hengqin New Area (which in itself is a series of islands connected by reclaimed land).

Support Morales in Bolivia against disingenuous right-wing protests!

Not all protests are creating equally.

The protests in Bolivia are being presented by the American press as part of the broader global protests. I've seen more about Bolivia than Ecuador in the American press, for example. And I've seen way more American political figures praise the Bolivian protests than, say Ecuador and Chile.

There is a reason for this. The protester's agenda complements US policy more than Morales' agenda. International reactions to protests aren't cryptic or coincidental. When the US tells you what they want, believe them! Then, consider why the US wants that.

The American middle class revolt against the Capitalist class’s mixed messages on China

American corporations, like the NBA and Blizzard, tell us on one hand that China is evil, but on the other hand, they do business with China. However, when the political and economic converge, the American Middle Class lashes out at the mixed messages.

Americans are struggling with cultural stuff regarding China, because they're realizing how much a world power China now is. But that genie has been out of the bottle for 20+ years, and there's no going back. The only ways to go back is something like going all in on the trade war with China, but that in and of itself would completely shift the global economic landscape.

Even then, China still has enough autonomy that the US definitely can't stop China's growth, and intensifying the China trade war would cut the US out of the biggest source of capital flow, which most American capitalist don't want. Some want the trade war to tip minor things in their favor, but none want to be removed from their overall trading position with China.