Author Archives: Larry Liu

The Libyan Civil War

Podcast here https://soundcloud.com/user-280580802/82-the-libyan-civil-war A Civil War has been raging in Libya, officially since 2014, when Islamist-led General National Council (GNC), a temporary political body to transition Libya to permanent political institutions, refused to recognize the new members of the House … Continue reading

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Social Unrest During the Pandemic

Podcast here https://soundcloud.com/user-280580802/79-social-unrest-during-the-pandemic The whole country and most of the western developed world have been engulfed in mass protest action. The proximate trigger for the mass protest has been the tragic killing of George Floyd by Derek Chauvin, a police … Continue reading

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Kim Jong-un’s Health Scare

Podcast here: https://soundcloud.com/user-280580802/75-kim-jong-uns-health-scare Kim Jong-un (KJU), the North Korean supreme leader, disappeared from the public spotlight after a cabinet meeting on April 11 and was absent from the birthday celebration of his grandfather, the well-revered Kim Il-sung (KIS), the first … Continue reading

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Comment on Jaimovich et al. (2020)

Nir Jaimovich, Itay Saporta-Eksten, Henry E. Siu, Yaniv Yedid-Levi. “The Macroeconomics of Automation: Data, Theory, and Policy Analysis.” NBER Working Paper No. 27122, May 2020 https://www.nber.org/papers/w27122 The authors state a very powerful finding with respect to the employment effects of … Continue reading

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Existentialism and Absurdity

Podcast here https://soundcloud.com/user-280580802/74-existentialism-and-absurdity After reading Albert Camus (Myth of Sisyphus, The Rebel), Jean-Paul Sartre (Being and Nothingness) and Soren Kierkegaard (Either Or) I have reached a deeper understanding of existentialist philosophy. One may also add Friedrich Nietzsche (Genalogy of Morals) … Continue reading

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Why Biden Must Become the Next President

Podcast here https://soundcloud.com/user-280580802/73-why-biden-must-become-the-next-president As Bernie Sanders decided to drop out of the race for the Democratic nomination for president, Joe Biden has become the Democratic nominee to take on Donald Trump, who is bracing for his reelection in the fall … Continue reading

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The Roman Origins of European Feudalism and the Problem of Domination

Podcast here: https://soundcloud.com/user-280580802/72-the-roman-origins-of-european-feudalism-and-the-problem-of-domination European feudalism has been characterized by the dependence relation between the king, feudal lord, vassal and the serf. The king grants control of the land, the fief, to the landowner (usually because he served in the military), … Continue reading

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Chinese Socialism in the Xin and Song Dynasty

Podcast here: https://soundcloud.com/user-280580802/71-chinese-socialism-in-the-xin-and-song-dynasty When we think of Chinese socialism, the first association is with Mao Zedong and the Chinese Communist Party, which won the Civil War and declared the People’s Republic of China in 1949, which exists to this date. … Continue reading

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Egypt’s Political History and COVID-19

Podcast here https://soundcloud.com/user-280580802/70-egypts-political-history-and-covid-19 Egypt is a very populous country that is reeling from the COVID-19 crisis. It has the second-highest infection rate in Africa, following South Africa. On Thursday, it decided to shut cafes, shopping malls, sports clubs and night … Continue reading

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What I would Do as President During the Crisis

I am, by no means, the leader of the country and I have an aversion to apply force and authority, but in this Coronavirus emergency we need a forceful government response which is adequate to the task. These are my … Continue reading

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Coronavirus and Past Pandemics

Podcast here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3G5H5L_fqs As the coronavirus spreads in the US, we are reminded of the perennial war between human and nature. Nature gave us the space to thrive and grow as a species. Planet earth has just the right amount … Continue reading

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Climate Change and Australia

Podcast here https://soundcloud.com/user-280580802/68-climate-change-and-australia Australia has had one of the worst wildfire seasons in its history, burning over 18 million hectars, destroying over 9,000 homes and killing 34. In February 7 a torrential rain storm extinguished many fires. By the beginning … Continue reading

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The Implications of Super Tuesday

Podcast here https://soundcloud.com/user-280580802/67-the-implications-of-super-tuesday Since Super Tuesday, Joe Biden has become the frontrunner in the Democratic Primaries converting a substantial delegate deficit with three weak performances in Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada into a 78 delegate lead against Bernie Sanders who … Continue reading

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Could the KMT Have Brought Democracy to Mainland China?

Podcast here: https://soundcloud.com/user-280580802/66-could-the-kmt-have-brought-democracy-to-mainland-china ‘No’ is the short answer, but it is an important historical counterfactual that needs to be considered. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) came to dominate Mainland China in 1949 declaring the People’s Republic of China (PRC) after … Continue reading

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The Democratic Establishment Favors Trump over Sanders

Podcast here https://soundcloud.com/user-280580802/65-the-democratic-establishment-favors-trump-over-sanders The Iowa caucus has produced an enormous PR disaster for the Democratic Party, which could not produce the election result on the same day the caucus was held. The official explanation for the delay in the results … Continue reading

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