... is the
guest speaker scheduled for the 132nd meeting of the Karl Hess Club, to
convene on June 20, 2005.
on "The China Syndrome: Geopolitical Meltdown as China Covets African Oil
Our resident military-political
"tank thinker" will analyze an emerging world paradigm shift that may come
to full expression over the next half decade.
The last century saw China progress
from rickshaws to rocketships, developing the world's fastest growing economy
and becoming the eastern hemisphere's looming superpower, destined, it
would seem, to rival the United States for global hegemony.
A recent report suggests that
China and India may reach a strategic trade alliance over the next year,
presenting a formidable challenge to a presumed American trade bloc (with
or without South America), and/or a unified European bloc. Can anyone
say Eastasia? Topics will include:
* Chinese industrialization: Capitalism
in the land of Mao?
* Oil wars: How Chinese and Indian
demand for oil is driving up oil prices.
* East Asian economics: Lessons
from the industrialization of the "Tigers," the impact of the hi-tech "meltdown,"
East Asian buy-up of US Treasury Bonds, and Washington's deal to
bail out everyone.
* Transforming the People's Liberation
Army: From revolutionary movement to hi-tech intervention force.
How the Chinese military is adopting new technologies and learning lessons
from the U.S. "Revolution in Military Affairs."
* New World Order: Will the Chinese
displace the US as the global mega-power? Are Chinese policies more
friendly to client states than Washington's?
* How will all this affect liberty?
About Joe Miranda
Joseph is editor of Strategy
& Tactics, the leading wargame simulation magazine. He's
published some 100 or so military and political simulations. Topics
include such diverse topics as a Chinese invasion of Taiwan, the Roman
Civil Wars, and the Rodney King Riots. In the 1980s he served as
a Captain in the U.S. Army Special Warfare Center.
In addition to his being an editor
& game designer, Joe is a writer, political strategist, protest organizer,
campus activist, and radical thinker. He does not watch TV.
In his spare time he is a cyberpunk.
More info at: One
Small Step and Cybercadre.
ADDENDUM: David Harmon
took these images at the above meeting.