Posts by: David

Is Capitalism Failing? The Von Kleise Manifesto (Part I) by David Blond

The Phoenix Year deals in a fictional way with today’s world. A world divided between countries – advanced (rich), emerging (growing fast, but unlikely to catch up anytime soon), and poor (falling further behind the other two groups). But within each country in each group there is a growing gap between the wealthiest and the poorest. Of course, the concept of a well off middle class is a relatively new phenomenon. In 1960 John Kenneth Galbraith, John F. Kennedy’s tutor…
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Beware the Ides of October by David Blond

October is a difficult month for markets around the world. Three of the steepest drops in stock market indices have occurred in October. - October 24th, 1929 was the initial start of the market collapse that ultimately led by 1932 to the DOW losing almost 90% of its pre-crash level (just about 360 compared to today’s index of over 17,000). - Another drop, equally as large, but not as long lasting or a damaging to the real economy occurred October…
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Ted Flicker Remembered by David Blond

Ted Flicker was my enigmatic cousin, when I was growing up. He was famous, at least, in terms of the Lopatin family because he had gone into the world of show business - helped along with some of his father’s money. When I was young, he had moved to Greenwich Village, and when I was a teenager – he wrote and directed a Hollywood movie and became a television director. I was connected to Ted from my mother’s side of…
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Corporate Morality by David Blond

The Phoenix Year is a novel about corporate morality in uncertain times. The conspirators, Von Kleise and the others in the Society of the Phoenix come to believe that American style capitalism which is the basic model used worldwide is no longer the best model for sustaining life on the planet. Self-interest, embodied in Adam Smith’s 18th century treatise on capitalism, is not sufficient to insure full use of all resources – human and machine in the 21st century. Modern,…
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Global Renewal – When the Vision Fails, the Future is Lost by David Blond

Global renewal is the underlying theme of The Phoenix Year. When we examine what is happening in the world, we see that it has many problems such as: - The seeming inability of some governments to have the right vision; - Some shortsighted corporate chieftains are more involved with maintaining their share prices rather than human capital; - The threat of global climate change with a clear lack of support from some governments and businesses to act; - The conflicts…
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Mache and Steiner – ‘Will’ versus ‘Heart’ Forces by David Blond

Anthroposophy with its more humanistic rather than mechanistic view of the world plays a supporting role in The Phoenix Year. In the novel, the Society of the Phoenix is pledged to change the world in a lifetime. The members of the Society are rich - money has less meaning to them, and their ultimate goal is based on ‘revolution’ - to change capitalism by replacing shareholder’s value with society’s value as the goal of private companies. Members of the Society…
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Russia – The Next Two Years – Fiction versus Facts by David L. Blond

The Phoenix Year takes place in a short time frame – the summer, 2016 through December, 2016 – but it deals with likely events that start well before these dates. At the end of the novel, Russia is in turmoil with riots in Moscow leading to the exit, under fire, of the very conservative government elected after the long-time ruler, Czar of Russian politics, President Pyorsky. He has exited the country in advance of what he sees as its eminent…
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Book review: “Entropy” by Robert Raker by David L. Blond, author of The Phoenix Year

We live in a world where dark things are everywhere around us – on the news, on the streets, in our schools; where some children kill children, in our homes; where some men assault women with words or violence, in our Congress where thinking men can’t find solutions to problems without rancor or discord, and then in our literature. There is a long history of the macabre and demonic in words. Words are powerful. In Robert Raker’s Entropy we find…
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Book Review: “Travel Bites” by The Hungry Traveller: “A delicious journey” by David L. Blond

There are things that are guilty pleasures to me, but travel to distant, dangerous places, on a shoe string budget are not one of them, but I can dream of these trips in my mind. In the Hungry Traveller's Travel Bites, we have stories of travel that are not only unique, but include tasty recipes to try at home. Part travel journal, part cookbook, part instruction manual on the do's and don’ts of navigating the world beyond the modern airports…
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Von Kleise’s Vision – Individual Freedom with Economic Stability or The Corporate Congress? by David L. Blond

Examining the future course of Western civilization is difficult unless we can bring it down to images. One of the images that emerges from this exercise was first raised by George Orwell in 1984, but has found fertile ground today in the images that are everyday fare on American television. One interesting show involves a future where companies have taken over all functions of government forming a unit called the Corporate Congress. In this show, Continuum, the “Corporate Congress” owns…
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