Insights on Policy Issues

The Lifecycle of Religion

Religions are born in times of some major social and/or political change, which causes intense stress for people. Religion answers the pain and stress people feel. A person that is most conscious of this pain comes up with a message that uplifts the spirit of the population an...

American Cultural Colonialism

The story is that someone said to Levy Eshkol, the prime minister of Israel during the 1950s, “There is a drought.” “Oh, no!” he shouted. “Where?” “It is in the Negev, the Israeli desert.” “Oh my,” he said, relieved. “I got worried. I thought it was in America.” Many countries...

Does Disempowerment Cause Crime?

I recently saw a series of videos by Yuval Harari on YouTube about the future of humanity. Just before that, I watched a documentary about Compton, the capital of crime in California. I saw some interesting parallels between the two subjects which I would like to share. In his...

Being Rich in a Poor Country

It seems that the highest standard of living is in a developed country like America. But I find that the higher standard of living is in a poor country, when you are financially comfortable, if not necessarily rich.The cost of living in developing countries is low. You can get...

Dirty Politics in Democracy

When we study what democracy is in school, we learn about what it should be. As you get closer to what it is in reality (especially when counseling state leaders), you find out that what should be is not necessarily what is. What is, can be quite dirty.I will not mention the c...

The Disintegration of the USA

I have written in my blogs, too many to reference, that the USA is in the aging stage of the life cycle.As systems age, they start to disintegrate. Like humans, animals, and trees do.The speed by which we grow is mirrored by how fast we age. Look at a growing toddler. If you m...

Why a Two-State Solution in the Middle East Is Not Sustainable

It is anticipated that Trump will announce his “Deal of The Century:” which includes some economic incentives and a two-state solution in the Middle East, one state for the Palestinians and one for the Israelis.It is common sense that the Palestinians and the Israelis should e...

Is There a Major Disaster Brewing?

I believe so. Thousands, if not millions, will die.Here is the potential scary scenario.Several political academics (1) have claimed that the Jewish people in Israel are experiencing the Masada syndrome.Masada is a fortress overlooking the Dead Sea. Built by Herod on the top o...

Russia US Relations

The relationship between Russia and the US is one of animosity. There is even talk that Russia might attack the US.Is the animosity mutual?I suggest not.I just returned from a three-week tour of Russia (which I spent lecturing and consulting), and I did not feel any hostility....

The Curse of Being Jewish

On March 22, 1943, the Jewish community of Macedonia was marched to the Monopol concentration camp and loaded on trains to Treblinka, where they were stacked on top of each other like logs, covered in gasoline, and lit on fire. They burned for days until they all died. Among t...