Macro-historic analysis puts aside the noise; it’s about the broad trends of history. Previously I looked our changing world by looking at the nature of both Anglo and Chinese society in this piece: Reversion to the Mean — China as the World’s Largest Economy, Again. This is a second piece, which is really just the same story but focused more on the Anglosphere.

Let us begin as we should, with beginnings. The Anglosphere begins as the British, a country, then the British Empire, which transitions to (its descendent, former colony) the American Empire, which is now in decline with no…


Jacques Derrida and Kong Qiu aka “Confucius”

The eternal struggle: disorder vs order—the dissatisfied gibbon raging against the immovable natural order—today we see polar opposite philosophies meeting in a 21st century planet-wide ideological war.

Over the years I’ve been studying these two independently, and more recently started comparing them and even trying to synthesize them. But synthesis is impossible as their base assumptions and endgames differ so radically. How so?

Compare and Contrast

Postmodernism is a philosophy centered on grabbing political/economic power, for abusing its subjects and short-term monetary gain by seizure. It accepts no responsibility. It just wants revenge, or at least this is what it claims it wants…


Consider, here in the 21st century with our modern scientific knowledge of humans, the following quote from Xunzi (born 310 BC, China)…


A quick analysis of Xunzi’s anti-無為 philosophy of effort/control (born Xun Kuang 310 BC, China, rouge Confucianist, pronounced like “Shin-za”).

As with most philosophers, occasional gleams of insight are surrounded by dark blobs of muddled thought. Here it’s how Xunzi went off the path, and why he was wisely sidelined by proper Taoist/Confucianist thinkers for a couple thousand years, that is important…


Mengzi (孟子 pronounced “Mung-za”), aka Mencius, was born 372 BC, 180 years after Confucius. What was his point, and contribution to Confucianism? After going thru his writings for the last month here are my thoughts…

On the problem of ordering society, to avoid barbarism and collapses — Confucius pioneered the pragmatic system of 1) regular social rituals with proper form (禮), and 2) cultivation of one’s humanity (仁). Confucius was mostly silent on humans’ core nature (important).

So what did Mengzi add to Confucianism which was not already there? Not so much, yet something. Mengzi made one big claim; that…


Before we can talk about the current state and trajectory of the existing empire, we need to ask basic questions about what empires are and why they exist…

SOCIETY STRUCTURE

Human society has its original basis in small Paleolithic hunter-gatherer tribes. Then, with the Neolithic, tribes settled down and formed towns, which grew into countries. So if you think about it, empires are just the next level of organization — coordination of countries by centralized control.

But there’s a significant difference with relationships in an empire — while a town’s and country’s government is made up of their own genetic peoples and…


Here’s a macro-historic analysis of China’s economy as a percentage of global GDP over the last 2000 years. Data from the Madison Project (I have the Excel which is extensive country-level data, there are gaps, but more than enough to produce acceptable curves).

Note that China has been the world’s largest economy, or second largest, for thousands of years. This is the norm. During the last 180 years there’s been a blip, and now a reversion to the mean.

The obvious question, what’s this blip? America!? You’ve already heard the story about innovation, freedom, democracy, liberalism, and how this unicorn…


In one word, relevancy.

We can look at modern society in the West—we can observe current problems—we can ask, why are these things happening? Then, we can study ancient wisdoms from the Tao Te Ching, to see if they supply answers. Both Lao Tzu and Confucius lived near the beginning of the “Warring States” period of the Zhou Dynasty; thus their writings were an analysis of, and provided answers to, the chaos that was breaking out at that time—which is quite similar to the chaos now. They give us answers, today.

While we could study this question analytically in terms…


“The Way” (i.e. Tao 道) can be thought of as an intuitive understanding of the implications of evolutionary biology to our individual lives and society as a whole, 2500 years before Darwin et al understood evolution with Western science. And post-Darwin this understanding remains relevant, perhaps more than ever.

Let’s clearly define our terms, in order to bridge this ancient intuitive understanding with our modern scientific understanding. The Tao Te Ching often refers to “the Way” or “the Great Way.” This comes from the concept of Tao, which can be literally translated as a “path”, “route,” or underlying “principle.” In…


The modern West apparently believes the public’s knowledge can be increased, and that this will be a positive thing. But 2,500 year old Taoist wisdom sees our relationship with knowledge quite differently…

The ancient masters of the Way

tried not to enlighten but to keep people in the dark

what makes people hard to rule

is their knowledge

who rules the realm with knowledge

is the terror of the realm

Tao Te Ching, ch 65

What evidence is there for the West’s belief? What evidence is there for the East’s belief? What does reality show? …

Sol 太阳 쏠

Understanding East Asia, geopolitics, and applying ancient Chinese philosophy to the modern world. Tao Te Ching, Confucianism, Legalism, Sun Tzu.

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