Too much engagement, too little containment, too late… to stop the giant panda?

Bret Stephens concluded his July 5, 2021, New York Times column, “China Won’t Bury Us, Either,” with this historic recollection:

Unfortunately, China in 2021 is not the Soviet Union of 1956, when Khrushchev had made that dubious call to bury us. Nor is China anywhere close to becoming the Soviet Union of 1991, when Khrushchev’s 35-year-old ignominious threat finally completed its long, inevitable boomerang…

A timely primer for a bitterly divided nation

Author’s Note: This article was first published six years ago on Memorial Day 2015 on my LinkedIn page. I am republishing it here on Medium because truth and reality have been increasingly conflated and confused over the past few years. It is critical that we recognize the distinction between truth and reality in these bitterly partisan times. Without truth our democracy might not survive, but under a cult-like leader’s version of reality it would most certainly perish. So, it’s time to revisit my popular dissertation on truth and reality, in which I offer examples in personal and professional settings. …

Yesteryear actions spoke louder than today’s toxic words

In his Feb 22, 2021 New York Times essay, “Woke Me When It’s Over,” conservative columnist, Bret Stephens — concerned about a woke culture that was going overboard “with the new ethos of moral bullying,” — came to this rather grim conclusion:

“In the game of Woke, the goal posts can be moved at any moment, the penalties will apply retroactively and claims of fairness will always lose out to the perpetual right to claim offense.”

In response to his article, I had then commented online, in part, as follows:

“Condé Nast trying to get woke about past transgressions is…

Ratings slump après Trump — could “fake news” become reality?

After a historic 64-day wait for President Biden’s first press conference on March 25, 2021, one would have expected someone in the Press Corps to ask one of those proverbial $64,000 questions. Instead, we got a largely tedious display of journalists from the so-called “liberal media” trying to outdo one another in their hopes of snagging a memorable soundbite from the president, who has previously self-confessed to being a “gaffe machine.” Also, Biden’s critics in the right-wing media, especially the opinion pundits of Fox News, had been deriding the president for weeks and thus lowering expectations for his presser performance…

Inevitable fallout from SPACulation won’t be without pain.

On March 4, 2021 Fast Money posted this review of SPACs under a provocative title, “SPACs are an inside joke on Wall Street, and the joke is on you” and it had an even gloomier sub header, “SPACs can operate like ‘venture capital in the public markets,’ which may appeal to amateurs seeking their inner Elon Musk. But it rarely works out well for the retail crowd.” Ouch!

A few weeks earlier on Feb 9, 2021 CNBC had headlined a report, “Sam Zell calls SPAC craze largely ‘rampant speculation’ reminiscent of 1990s dot-com bubble,” in which Mr. Zell had used…

Follow the money instead with the new TMM — Total Monetizable Market

The concept of Total Addressable Market, or TAM as it is popularly called, has taken the business world by storm in recent years. Back in October 2020, the Financial Times (FT) in an article, “The total addressable market craze is detached from reality,” cautioned about the burgeoning trend among “companies using the term in their pre-IPO S-1 filings relative to the past five years.” A related graph depicted TAM references exploding from under 5 in 2016 to almost 50 in the first nine months of 2020. …

Trump’s marauders: they came, they saw, they ransacked the seat of American democracy

Ransacking of the Capitol in Washington DC on January 6, 2021

EllipseGate — Trump launches deadly insurrection with an incendiary speech.

We are the world’s oldest democracy, but we can no longer claim to be the world’s greatest democracy after what happened on January 6, 2021. The horror began at the Ellipse; a public park which has the iconic White House South Portico as a backdrop. On that fateful day, President Trump incited an insurrection in his speech at the Ellipse. …

Trumpism redefines Republicans and realpolitik at great cost to our nation

In my Washington Post letter of December 21, 2020 headlined, “Republicans’ tone-deaf fealty,” I had said, in part:

“One wonders whether Republicans in the United States fear President Trump more than Russians fear their president, Vladimir Putin. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) finally congratulated President-elect Joe Biden on his victory — only after Mr. Putin had done so early on Dec. 15. Is it possible that Mr. McConnell surmised Mr. Trump couldn’t do much damage to the Republican flock once Mr. Putin had thrown in the towel?”

Trump must feel a sense of betrayal, but Putin has proven to…

Historic “twofer” at year-end puts annus horribilis 2020 behind us

“On the first day I’m inaugurated, I’m going to ask the public for 100 days to mask. Just 100 days to mask — not forever, just 100 days… Secondly, this team will help get… at least 100 million COVID vaccine shots into the arms of the American people in the first 100 days.”

— President-elect Joe Biden proclaimed on December 8, 2020.

That day happened to be the 40th death anniversary of John Lennon, the Beatle peacenik. So, one can only “imagine” how he might have reacted in these times of tremendous national discord, in which the simple wearing of…

The people have spoken, the courts have ruled… it’s time to move on!

President Trump’s refusal to concede an election that he so clearly lost, affirms behavior encapsulated in the first half of an old adage, “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Four years of unbridled — thanks largely to supine Republican leaders — presidential power has corrupted Trump’s thinking to such a degree that it has rendered him incapable of giving up that power. Hence, all of his absurd shenanigans, which include frivolous lawsuits and outrageous presidential proclamations. These desperate efforts to cling on to power are rightly being discounted, more or less, by prominent media outlets that swear…

Jack Nargundkar

Jack Nargundkar is an author, freelance writer, and marketing consultant, who writes about high-tech, economics, foreign policy and politics.

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