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Murder of Tiberius Gracchus

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The murder of Tiberius Gracchus is one of history’s most significant murders and events that contributed to and marked the beginning of the fall of the Roman Empire when Tiberius was murdered in 133 BC and his brother, Gaius Gracchus, was murdered in 121 BC.

The Roman Senate murdered both Gracchus’s brothers, with Tiberius himself beaten to death by Roman senators, similar to Gaius Julius Caesar, who was famously assassinated in 44 BC.

A group of as many as 60 conspirators decided to assassinate Caesar at the meeting of the Senate on March 15, the ides of March. Collectively, the group stabbed Caesar a reported 23 times, killing the Roman leader.

What makes the murder of Tiberius Gracchus so historically significant is that it marked a turning point in Roman political history where political debate and the ability to resolve substantial issues through a peaceful democratic process stopped working.

From 133 BC onwards, Roman political leadership no longer resolved the problems if they could not be resolved peacefully by debate and oratory but instead on the battlefield or through murder, which played the Roman Empire into its final destruction in 1453 A.D. by the Ottoman Turks.

Of the Roman emperors of first citizen, which will be the correct terminology of the Imperial Roman period for the ruler of that state of those leaders, 33 emperors were murdered or executed.

Thirty were despatched by sword or dagger. Of these, 26 were killed by Roman soldiers (five decapitated) and one (Valentinian III) by German mercenaries.

As for the Eastern Roman Empire, which existed from 330 A.D. to 1453 AD, eighty-eight emperors and empresses, forty-seven died natural deaths, and six were killed during military revolts, seven were deposed and mutilated, eleven were deposed and exiled or entered a monastery, two were deposed and pursued a further political career, three were deposed, imprisoned, and later executed, six were murdered in their palace, one in church on Christmas day, and one by his uncle, a mob killed one, two were killed by foreigners in battle, and one retired. Thirteen emperors founded dynasties in which multiple members of their family succeeded them.

Tiberius Gracchus

The Importance of Democracy

As was demonstrated by my words above, the murder of Tiberius Gracchus contributed, along with several other factors, to the decline in the form of the Roman Empire because his death marked a fundamental change in Roman political culture.

For people reading this who enjoy learning about the history of the rise and fall of empires, the murder of Tiberius marked the event that clearly shows a failure of politics that compounded over centuries throughout the Roman Empire.

For nations and empires to survive and be successful, there need to be political mechanisms that enable the winners to win and the losers to lose and not go and kill their opposition.

This is very relevant to modern-day politics within the United States.

Nations, particularly democracies, are becoming more tribalist in both political parties; either Democrats or Republicans are growing increasingly unable to find common ground, leading to increased instability within the United States.

This same attitude has become the new norm around Western democratic and liberal nations all around the globe, particularly in Europe and the English-speaking peoples.

Once we stop listening to one another, it leads to the failure of democracy and for sophisticated states to operate and function without becoming basket cases of instability and chaos that the late Roman Empire and have civil war after civil war and murder after murder of its leadership.

Tiberius Gracchus was murdered for attempting to reform the Roman Republic and remove it from dependency on the senatorial classes and their control over the wealth.

Tiberius wanted to give more power and influence to the Roman people and its middle classes.

Unfortunately, the wealthy Roman senatorial class saw him as a threat to their wealth and power and murdered him.

It was not until the dictatorship of Gaius Julius Caesar that the Roman Republic would be reformed and be able to function again as a governing body of the Roman Empire, which expanded throughout the Mediterranean even during the time of Tiberius Gracchus.

Rome also needed to be reformed because it was a Republican city-state that ruled an empire.

It needed to transform itself from a city-state into a governing body that could rule an empire due to Roman politics being developed to govern only Rome and the surrounding lands.

The Roman Republic was never designed to work as an empire.

This is why Tiberius tried to make reforms and why only Gareth Julius Caesar made the changes necessary to keep the Roman Empire alive by becoming dictator for life.

Why the successor to Caesar, Augustus, create the position of first citizen/emperor/precept they did in such a way that created a monarchy with Republican characteristics, which made the Roman Empire in regards to leadership incredibly dysfunctional and contributed to its collapse as well?

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Appreciation, Attraction, and Love are not the Same Things.

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Looking for love and romance and finding your soulmate has affected humanity for as long as humanity has tried to find somebody who will accept who you are and love you for your faults just as much as your strength within a relationship.

Unfortunately, we get traction, appreciation, and love confused.

Also, being attracted to a person in a sexual sense or in the sense of admiring a person does not mean you are in love with that person, nor does attraction mean love, which can create confusion between the emotion of love and attraction.

Appreciation, Attraction, and Love are not the Same Things.


As people, either men or women, we seek a connection with those around us.

We want to be seen, we want to be felt, and we want to be listened to, and this is expressed by other people appreciating our qualities and abilities, which makes us feel that we are being seen.

It’s this appreciation of who we are which can be mistaken for loving somebody, even though this aspect is part of what it means to love another person to appreciate who they are and what they do for one another.

In our lives, we all need to know other people appreciate us and acknowledge our existence, which is reciprocated in relationships that let people know they are loved and valued.

Appreciation, Attraction, and Love are not the Same Things.


Being attracted to another person does not just mean loving that person’s physical characteristics; it can also mean loving aspects of that person’s personality and mind, which different people will find highly attractive.

Attraction can also be where we seek something that is missing from ourselves.

This could be a personal or physical quality, such as financial quality, within another person to meet our emotional and material needs.

Sometimes, attraction can come from an element of childhood trauma, which means in our adult lives, we look for the love that was not provided to us or the security not provided in childhood.

The stereotypical example is a young woman in her 20s dating a man in their 40s who is financially well-off and meets the emotional need of provisioning for young women, which takes them out of survival mode and helps them feel love and secure for the first time.

For a man, another stereotypical example is a man who comes from a single-mother household who saw his mother struggle and blames his father for his mother’s struggle within relationships.

He is constantly drawn to the struggling woman who needs a man in their life. The man is competing with his father to be the man of the household and proving to himself he is not like his father, nor is it like other men from his perspective.

The key to understanding attraction is not just about other people but also about yourself trying to meet the emotional and physical needs that can stem from our childhoods.

Appreciation, Attraction, and Love are not the Same Things.


If you are reading this, unless you have had a terrible childhood or been in a coma, you would have experienced love in your life, the love of a parent, the love of the family pet or the love of a first girlfriend/boyfriend.

What we mean by and interpret as romantic love gets confused with appreciation, attraction and lust. All of these can be part of love, but they are not the leading cause of what it means to love and be loved by somebody.

True love requires understanding the person or people you are with to love them, not who you think they are but for who they are.

This is the same kind of love a parent has for their child or a child for their parent.

Any adult with parents understands that when becoming an adult and transitioning from a child to a teenager, a fully-fledged adult will learn to love our parents for who they are, not for who we hope they are.

People are messy and complicated; true love comes into being through mutual understanding of one another.

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Why Has the USA Got Poorly Designed Infrastructure

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All nations, if they are to be modern economies, require robust infrastructure that meets the needs of their age and time; during the industrial age, factories needed to be built, and roads to be maintained in cities to be constructed with the necessary infrastructure for manufacturing cities.

In the 18th and 19th centuries, England built sophisticated Riverway networks and locks throughout the country to transport coal, steel and other goods for manufacturing; this process repeated itself around the globe.

The United States has such poor infrastructure due to the period it began industrialisation in the late 19th and early 20th century. New technology was developed, including the internal combustion engine; for example, England and Europe invested their resources in the train, rivers and locks.

America chose to invest in the automobile and not trains, rivers that were predominant in the old world.

To get to the heart of America’s poor infrastructure, we must be aware of the Federal Highway Act of 1956, which aimed to build a country system of Interstate highways throughout the USA.

This highway project is one of the main reasons American infrastructure is poorly designed. The Federal Highway Act cost the United States $571 billion, and this funding primarily went to construct highways and parking spaces.

This means that American cities and suburbs are not designed with alternative public transport in mind; the United States is very much the nation of the automobile; to get to work, get groceries and move around, you must have a vehicle.

With the rise of fear of global warming and governments wanting to cut down emissions, the way American infrastructure is designed is so that it will be costly to redesign the way cities have been built for nearly a hundred years.

The United States, from the creation of the Federal Highway Act of 1956, have added nearly 50,000 miles of road or 80,000 km of road, which had over a million Americans displaced due to road construction; this burden mainly fell upon minorities within the USA.

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Discrimination and Infrastructure

 The United States Housing Association Agency historically has subsidised housing construction, and during the time of discrimination and the United States, new houses being built were only four white families.

During this period, the US government marked African-American areas in red, showing that they were too risky to be insurable for mortgages.

After World War II, the Veteran Association funded housing for ex-white soldiers but not for other ethnic minorities.

In the 21st century, discrimination of the past no longer happens due to the civil rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s and the wins to end discrimination against African Americans.

The old development model left a massive infrastructure problem within the United States. Of the 138 million homes within the US, 68% of these are single-family houses, and due to single-family zoning, many neighbourhoods are primarily made up of urban areas.

Due to this design layout, most US citizens not living in major cities to get groceries and other essentials require an internal combustion engine or an electric vehicle.

America, the national transport is the car United States has 5% of its land mass dedicated to car parking spaces, leaving eight parking spaces for each vehicle within the United States.

The National Car Ownership Statistics states that 278,063,737 personal and commercial vehicles were registered to drivers in the U.S. in 2021. The number of registered vehicles in the United States increased by 3.66% between 2017 and 2021, indicating an upward trend in car ownership.

This means there are 2,224,509.896 car spaces within the United States of America; one positive of this is that 99% of car parking spaces within America are free.

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Israel-Hamas War: Terror Tactics and Osama Bin Laden

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People reading this and remember the 9/11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Centre and the destruction of the Twin Towers, especially Americans reading this, will remember the effects of the terror attack and how it led to 20 years of war on Islamic fundamentalism and terrorism.

From this tragedy, the official death toll, including the 19 terrorists, was set at 2,977 people.

At the World Trade Centre in New York City, 2,753 people died, of whom 343 were firefighters.

The death toll at the Pentagon near Washington, D.C., was 184, and 40 individuals died outside Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

The events along the Gaza Strip and the Hamas terrorist attack on the state of Israel may bring back many bad memories. Still, unfortunately, from the terrorist’s point of view, there is a method to their particular brand of madness.

Israel-Hamas War: Terror Tactics and Osama Bin Laden

Osama Bin Laden, who planned the 9/11 attacks and was a former leader of Al Qaeda, attacked the United States to get them and their allies to invade the Middle East and destroy America’s reputation within the region and globally.

Al Qaeda hoped that the United States invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 and Iraq in 2003 would serve as a way to weaken the US; this strategy did not work, but from their point of view, it makes sense as a means to bring the battlefield to a place of their choosing.

There are practical, political and ideological advantages for terrorist organisations to fight wars within their Muslim nations within the Middle East to gather more support against foreign invaders and non-believers from their warped point of view.

Hamas is doing the same thing with the Israelis by attacking them and forcing them to involve themselves in a never-ending conflict along the Gaza Strip.

However, unlike the USA, after 20 years of fighting the war on terror, the Israelis do not have the luxury of just leaving and taking their bags home.

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Israel-Hamas War: Blood of Innocent

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On 7 October 2023, Hamas terrorists launched an unprovoked attack on the state of Israel, which resulted in the deaths of at least 2,808 Palestinians in Israeli air raids.

The number of Israelis killed in Hamas’s attack and military operation is about 1,400, including 286 soldiers.

Whether you support the Israelis or the Palestinians during this conflict, neither party will cover themselves in glory, and both will have the blood of the innocent on their conscience.

Should Israel launch a full-scale invasion and occupation of the Gaza Strip, one of our planet’s most densely populated landmasses and urbanised populations, with a total population of over 2.3 million?

Israel-Hamas War: Blood of Innocent

According to a news report by CNN, the United Nations is reporting that the Israel-Hamas war will have ‘devastating consequences ‘, and according to the Israeli defence forces, an estimated 1.1 million people could flee Gaza, with over 500,000 already left southern Gaza.

The humanitarian disaster afflicting the Gaza Strip will primarily affect and kill innocent Palestinians.

Furthermore, the Israelis trying to control the area will find it impossible due to a lack of numbers.

Even if they had access to the entire military of the United States of America, it still wouldn’t be possible, according to the geopolitical analyst and author Peter Zilhen.

Gazza can be likened to an open-air prison, and trying to take and hold its cities will be bloody with street streetfighting and increasing loss of civilian life, which negatively affects how Israel is viewed both within the Middle East and the wider world.

In the long term of its regional geopolitical security, Israel will continue to face conflict on its border with Gaza. When things have calmed down within Israel, the current government will most likely lose office due to the failure to predict and protect the borders of Israel.

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Israel-Hamas War of 2023

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On October 7, 2023, at 6:30 AM local time, a Palestinian and Islamic fundamentalist group known as Hamas announced the launch of Operation Al-Aqsa Flood, stating that it had fired over 5,000 rockets from the Gaza Strip into Israel within 20 minutes.

Hams launched over 5,000 rockets due to the limitations of Israel’s Iron Dome defence system, an ante missile defence system that can stop some missiles but not all due to the number of missiles launched by Hamas into the world’s only Jewish state.

During the attack and its aftermath, a second operation was launched by Hamas with ground, sea and air assaults into Israeli civilian areas to capture civilians for prisoner exchange.

The Palestinian militants also committed atrocities on Jewish civilians. The crimes include rape, murder, executions and taking children, babies and others as prisoners.

A key motivator for Hamas taking civilian prisoners was that in 2011, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu exchanged 1000 Hamas prisoners for one Israeli soldier.

This decision has made Israel vulnerable to other bad actors within the Middle East, believing that this kind of exchange is possible again to get financial or prisoner exchanges from the Israeli government.

Once you show your neck to a tiger or present any vulnerability to a mediaeval-based culture, they will keep coming repeatedly because they only understand strength and only show weakness at your peril.

As of writing this on 16 October 2023, Israel has over 5200 prisoners from Palestine and Hamas. The previous and current leadership, Benjamin Netanyahu Hamas, may believe they can secure prisoner release.

Israel-Hamas War of 2023

Why Hamas Attacked Israel

Hamas is mostly motivated by three factors that contributed to their choice to launch an attack on Israel. The first is the potential threat of normalisation of relations between Israel and Saudi Arabia.

With the war between Gaza, which is controlled by Hamas and the majority Muslim state trying to reclaim Muslim holy territory, which is controlled by a non-Jewish state in a region surrounded by Muslims, the governments within Saudi Arabia will feel pressured by their population and the more religious fundamentalism attitudes of the Middle East.

For people living in the Western world, particularly in English-speaking nations or the Anglosphere, our Christianity has been very much neutered, and religion is seen as a force that should not interfere in secular politics.

Unfortunately, religion still plays a critical factor in political and social life in the Middle East, and it is very hard for nonreligious people to understand how that impacts their day-to-day lives.

The second reason Hamas attacked Israel on 6 October 2023 was that it was the same start date of the Yom Kippur War or the fourth Arab-Israeli war (1973), with the primary antagonists against Israel being Egypt and Syria.

This also led to Israel taking the Golan Heights from Syria and securing its northern border, having superior high ground.

Israel’s victory led to the normalisation of relations with Egypt in 1980.

Due to Israel’s diplomatic and military successes, Hamas has become desperate and launched their attack to galvanise support within the Middle East and prevent the normalisation of relations with Saudi Arabia if possible.

The final reason Hamas attacked Israel was that Iran allegedly supported Hamas and potentially pushed them to launch their attack on Israel to destabilise the region and prevent Saudi Arabia and Israel from entering an alliance that could threaten Iran’s geopolitical interests.

Furthermore, this could be the last chance in the Palestinian mind to attempt to reclaim the West Bank, which Israeli citizens have increasingly settled and the fear on the part of the Palestinian fundamentalists, and this is the last opportunity they can get to reclaim what they perceive as their homeland.

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France: The Birth Place of Modern Nationalism

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The birthplace of contemporary and modern nationalism is France, which originated from the legacy of the French Revolution in 1789 and is responsible for revolutions within the European continent, particularly in 1848.

The revolutions of 1848 were a series of republican revolts against European monarchies, beginning in Sicily and spreading to France, Germany, Italy, and the Austrian Empire. They all ended in failure and repression and were followed by widespread disillusionment among liberals.

Furthermore, the impact of the French Revolutionary Wars from 1793 to 1799 and the French Napoleonic Wars from 1799 to 1815 witnessed the French attempt to conquer the European continent and, through this process, exported French nationalism and French military technology to the rest of Europe.

(Nationalism is an ideology based on the premise that the individual’s loyalty and devotion to the nation-state surpass other individual or group interests.)

France: The Birth Place of Modern Nationalism


The development of nationalism is highly complex in the European context. Nationalism has three origins and its process of development.

The first is the legacy of the Greeks and the historian Herodotus, who spent his entire life working on just one project: an account of the origins and execution of the Greco-Persian Wars (499–479 B.C.) that he called “The Histories.”

(It’s from Herodotus’ work that we get the modern meaning of the word “history.”)

The Greeks created a sense of difference between the Persian and Greek people, and separate identities would be made from this belief of difference. Furthermore, the Greeks established the core DNA of nationalism.

Nationalism must be learned; people require knowledge of their geographical history to identify with the nation’s story, which is something that the French Revolution strongly promoted.

What constituted French or France in the 18th century was very much focused on France’s cities.

In contrast, its rural communities did not see themselves as French, merely identifying with the regions and having no educational or little educational understanding of French history and its standing in Europe.

This is why to be a nationalist and for nationalism to work, a person or people must have a particular view on what it means to be French, English and German.

However, Nationalism got a terrible reputation due to the actions of Germany and its people’s brand of nationalism; in the 20th century, nationalism greatly deteriorated the general attitude toward nationalism.

The author and writer Douglas Murray states that English nationalism, British nationalism, and French nationalism are not a problem.

The reason why politicians are scared of nationalism is German nationalism, which was the real problem.

For people reading this need a brief overview, it was German nationalism that caused the two world wars in the 20th century and the deaths of nearly a hundred million people.

Nationalism and Herodotus

The Roman Empire

Imperial Rome lasted from 31 BC to 476 A.D. or from the fall of the Eastern Roman Empire/Byzantium in 1453 A.D.

During this period, the Romans established nationalism, being the foreigners and the barbarians not having Roman civilisation. Due to this concept, a key component of nationalism is the othering of other societies and the promotion of their Roman identities.

For the Romans, whether a person was from North Africa, the Mediterranean, or Arabia did not matter.

All that mattered was loyalty to the Empire and cultural assimilation into what it meant to be Roman. Roman leaders came from all corners of his empire, and it was not divided along racial lines, ethnic groups, or other identifications, which we consider today.

The United States’ identity is very much drawn upon racial discrimination, and race plays a predominant role in American politics and its psyche as a nation.

In contrast, it is the economic divide between the working, middle, and upper classes in countries like Britain.

The French see people who live in France and who are French citizens as purely French; they cannot be African or any other ethnic group because, due to the legacy of the French Revolution of 1789, everybody living in France is French.

The reason the French did this was that during the Revolutionary Wars and Napoleonic wars, there was no sense in the nonurban areas of what it meant to be French, so to make the French French, the government made it so the people in France had to be French which included stamping out any remaining regional and ethnic differences within France after 1789.

Nationalism: King Edward I of England 1272 to 1307

Proto Nationalism

The earliest form of nationalism originates from Western Europe, notably the King of England, which has existed from 927 until the present day; with this nation also being an island nation, a sense of Englishness could be developed from the sense of otherness of the European continent.

This was developed due to the lack of communication technology before the development of the radio, Telegraph, and other faster forms of communication in the 19th century.

This allowed the English people to develop more independently from other influences throughout the European continent, making them culturally different from their European counterparts.

This difference and separation enabled the creation of the English Commons, one of the rare legal systems that developed separately from Roman law that dominated the European continent until this day.

In the 21st century, only two legal traditions are in use: the old Roman imperial law or Roman law and English common law, which both develop separately and independently of one another.

So now we’ve established the creation of separate cultural and legal traditions that helped to develop a sense of nationalism; the next part of nationalism generated within the kingdom of England was in the late 13th century when King Edward I of England ruled that country.

During his rule from 1272 to 1307, Edward I’s conquest of Wales took place between 1277 and 1283. It is sometimes referred to as the Edwardian Conquest of Wales to distinguish it from the earlier Norman Conquest of Wales.

The English flag of St George was used throughout King Edward I’s rule and continues to be used until contemporary times. This symbol highlights the emergence of an English identity, a form of Proto-nationalism that will continue to be developed throughout the late 13th until the 15th century.

Further compounding the creation of English nationalism was that from 1277 until 1453, England was at constant war with France, Scotland, and other neighbouring kingdoms, dukedoms, and principalities within Western Europe.

The Hundred Years’ War between 1337 and 1453 also helped establish a separate cultural and physical identity not linked to France’s predominant culture and influence, the most powerful kingdom throughout the mediaeval ages.

Nationalism: French Revoulution

What is French Nationalism

Modern nationalism’s birthplace is in France because the French created the concept of a nation-state that became connected to an ethnic group rather than building massive empires. A nation could sustain itself by supporting one ethnicity in one region.

This concept became functional and practical throughout different regions around the globe, enabling nations to hold themselves together by building a collective identity in contrast to empires that are multi-ethnic and prone to collapse either internally or externally.

The French created a stable system to make a nation function and develop reasons to keep the state alive.

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Foundation by Isaac Asimov

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Today, I will write about something very different from what I usually focus my content on: history, geopolitics and other related material. Today, I will discuss the book Foundation, first published in 1951 by Isaac Asimov.

This book is very relevant, and people who enjoy politics, geopolitics, and culture will find it inspirational for its pertinent cultural and political impacts, which affect our modern-day societies around the globe equally in developed nations.

These topics are the decline and fall of empires, the decay of culture, technological advancement and the belief that the best days of civilisation are behind them.

This attitude is very much in ascendancy within the United States of America and other Western nations, particularly amongst the Anglo-Saxon-speaking peoples.

Foundation by Isaac Asimov

Foundation Book Series

Foundation is a novel by Isaac Asimov, first published in 1951. It was the first volume of his famed Foundation trilogy (1951–53), describing the collapse and rebirth of a vast interstellar empire in the future universe.

This original book trilogy takes heavy inspiration from the 18th-century historian, essayist and member of the British Parliament, Edward Gibbon, author of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire in 1776.

In turn, Isaac Asimov’s Foundation trilogy inspired the creation of the Dune trilogy by Frank Herbert and Star Wars created by George Lucas and set the framework of what we now consider contemporary science fiction.

Isaac Asimov was also part of the golden age of science fiction in the mid-1930s to early 1960s.

What is so fascinating about this trilogy is how it depicts the decay of the Galactic Empire in contrast to the new rising Galactic Empire in the form of the Foundation and the planet Terminus; this has many modern-day and ancient themes, such as why societies choose to fail.

Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series also showed that nations and empires declined because the citizenry stopped believing in the Empire. Due to long-term and systemic decisions happening over centuries, nations fail.

We can see contemporary examples of this happening with China, Germany and the British all feeling the effects of not producing replacement generation and the collapse of national confidence.

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The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

All civilisations, nation-states, and their institutions eventually collapse or are permanently destroyed and reformed again in different iterations by their successor states or dynasties, especially in places such as China, with its long and bloody history of over 4,000 years.

For the Roman Empire its fall began long before Germanic tribes crippled the Western Roman Empire in the fifth century with the final collapse in 476 A.D.

The event that destroyed the Roman Empire happened after its victory against Carthage in the Third Punic War, also called the Third Carthaginian War (149–146 BCE), the third of three wars between the Roman Republic and the Carthaginians.

Empire that resulted in Carthage’s final destruction, its population enslavement, and Roman hegemony over the western Mediterranean.

However, what destroyed the Roman Empire was internal political decay and the inability of its leadership to resolve its problems peacefully and democratically, which started with the murder of Tiberius Gracchus in 133 BCE.

The reason he was killed was due to intending to reform the economic system within the Roman Empire with more and more concentrated within the Roman senatorial classes and also due to Fears of Tiberius’ popularity and his willingness to break political norms led to his death, along with many supporters, in a riot instigated by his enemies.

For people reading this within the United States and many other nations around the globe, you can see clear links between the inability of people to communicate and resolve the issues peacefully and, in the long term, civil wars, murders and the nation’s collapse.

If you are interested in these topics and big ideas, the Foundation series by Isaac Asimov is the book for you; it will leave you pondering many thoughts related to our modern-day society and why Nations fail.

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 Brazil’s New Tropical Strain of Wheat

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Brazil may have found a new strain of wheat that could revolutionise the global power imbalance between the global North and the global South. 

The global North by nations that industrialise, and let’s primarily in the 19th century, with the British Empire being the first nation to go down the road of industrialisation beginning in the 1760s though historians debate the start date.

The nations that make up the global North are primarily nations that were part of the United States alliance to defeat the Soviet Union from 1945 until the collapse of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the fall of the Soviet state in 1990. 

As for the Global South, these nations tend to be African nations, China, India, Eastern European nations, South American nations and the Russian Federation. However, these definitions will be debated whether China is a developed nation or a developing country. 

Nations not part of tropical zones and traditional farming economies have been typically more successful than nations that rely on other food produce and animal husbandry to survive. 

The tropics are the regions of Earth surrounding the Equator. They are defined in latitude by the Tropic of Cancer in the Northern Hemisphere at 23°26′10.5″ N and the Tropic of Capricorn in the Southern Hemisphere at 23°26′10.5″ S. 

The tropics are also referred to as the tropical zone and the torrid zone. Which, in layperson’s terms, is pretty much the nations within the centre of the earth if you are viewing the tropical area from a map. 

With the breakthrough in wheat development, Brazil introduced a new wheat strain that can thrive in tropical climates, paving the way for self-sufficiency in just five years! Discover the incredible breakthrough that could change the game for agriculture. 

However, the Geopolitical Analyst Peter Zeihan stated, ‘It will be two years to see if the new wheat works’.

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 The Balance of Power

Nations like Brazil may no longer depend on food imports but become self-reliant with food production within their countries.

A lack of dependency on grain imports from places like Ukraine, the United States and its corn belt and Russia are high grain producers.

With nations like Brazil with tropical climates having the possibility of self-sufficiency, this provides the opportunity for these nations to wean themselves off dependency on other states.

Nations don’t have friends; they have interests; each country competes in either hostile or friendly competitive nature to become a dominant power in their region or aspirations like China and India to become regional or global hegemonies.

It will be quite some time to see whether or not the new Brazilian strain of wheat will be successful, but with globalisation breaking down, this will be a godsend to states that are more dependent on global trade for national survival.

If the nation is not food sufficient, then that nation in a deglobalised world will face starvation and governmental collapse nations like Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and other desert kingdoms depend on international trade and the continued survival and maintenance of their populations.


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The End of Germany as We Know It

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Germany faces three major problems, with two currently out of Germany’s control.

No matter what happens, we will be witnessing the end of Germany as we know it over the next three decades and the end of the German ethnicity and culture within our lifetime.

Either way, Germany grew as a culture and nation, and we know today won’t be here by the end of the century.

The three issues that will cause the end of Germany are its declining demographics, which have been declining for over a hundred years; Germany has been over-reliant on natural resources from the Russian Federation and sending its manufacturing to China.

The final issue affecting Germany is its energy policy; with Germany having had multiple coalition governments with the Green Party of Germany, it has closed down other avenues for energy generation in favour of green energy.

At best, green energy, which is nuclear, solar, wind and other natural sources, only makes up 10% of Germany’s energy consumption.

This doesn’t make green energy bad, but only solar energy works where it’s sunny and wind where it’s windy. If you’ve ever been to Germany, it is not a very sunny place, so solar energy is not viable to replace traditional fossil fuels.

The problem with many European nations and other Western nations is the ideological gap between what works, what the voters want and reality. In this century, the nations that will prosper the most will be those plugged into reality.

The End of Germany as We Know It

Choices Germany Made

The reason Germany is staring down the barrel of a gun and seeing the destruction of its ethnic group within this century is due to choices made by the German government, German manufacturing and the choices of the German people not to reproduce.

These historical and demographic trends have affected Germany for over a century and since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. During the Cold War, Germany chose to maintain positive relations with the Soviet Union and eastern Germany.

The positive outcome of this experience was that Germany was reunited in 1990. From this experience, Germany hoped that the Russians and Chinese would transform from a totalitarian regime committing mass murder and genocide governments.

However, the Germans have chosen its two main trading partners, Russia and China, and cut ties with the United States even though the Americans are not the evil Empire.

With the war in Ukraine since February 2022, trade relations between the Russian Federation and Communist China collapsed immediately after trade sanctions started in Russia; the Germans opted to move predominantly to China as a trading partner.

Unfortunately, the Germans are finding out you cannot guarantee support and cooperation from dictatorships and totalitarian regimes, and now they have to pay for the consequences.

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