Patrick Timpone

George Friedman

American Political Scientist and Author of Flashpoints: The Emerging Crisis in Europe

george_friedmanWith remarkable accuracy, George Friedman has forecasted coming trends in global politics, technology, population, and culture. In Flashpoints, Friedman focuses on Europe—the world’s cultural and power nexus for the past five hundred years . . . until now. Analyzing the most unstable, unexpected, and fascinating borderlands of Europe and Russia—and the fault lines that have existed for centuries and have been ground zero for multiple catastrophic wars—Friedman highlights, in an unprecedentedly personal way, the flashpoints that are smoldering once again.

The modern-day European Union was crafted in large part to minimize built-in geopolitical tensions that historically have torn it apart. As Friedman demonstrates, with a mix of rich history and cultural analysis, that design is failing. Flashpoints narrates a living history of Europe and explains, with great clarity, its most volatile regions: the turbulent and ever-shifting land dividing the West from Russia (a vast area that currently includes Ukraine, Belarus, and Lithuania); the ancient borderland between France and Germany; and the Mediterranean, which gave rise to Judaism and Christianity and became a center of Islamic life.
Through Friedman’s seamless narrative of townspeople and rivers and villages, a clear picture of regions and countries and history begins to emerge. Flashpoints is an engrossing analysis of modern-day Europe, its remarkable past, and the simmering fault lines that have awakened and will be pivotal in the near future. This is George Friedman’s most timely and, ultimately, riveting book.

Show Highlights:

-George gives his opinion of tariffs; he’s not a free trade fanatic

-The myth that the U.S. is no longer a manufacturing power: George says we are still the largest manufacturing country in the world which sounds surprising as so much has been sent overseas. We have a large service economy. One out of 4 dollars is produced in the United States

-George talks about the muslims, Islam and politics; and how everything ties together. We’re intervening in one of the oldest civil wars in history. We ask George if we should even be there

-All eyes are on Italy; what’s going on over there? 4 banks have closed and the suicides are starting

and so much more!!!


george freeman and geo political futures, december 10, 2015

'George Friedman – American Political Scientist and Author of Flashpoints: The Emerging Crisis in Europe Talks World Geopolitics; What’s Going On and What We Can Expect – December 10, 2015' have 3 comments

  1. December 10, 2015 @ 10:05 pm K

    That’s Keynesian ideas. The banks create money out of nothing at interest. The dollar only has fictitious value decreed by the gov.. All fiat currencies have failed. Why is this one different?


  2. December 11, 2015 @ 2:26 pm Mr. Petrik

    The way Mr. Friedman justified the American Empire absolutely disgusted me. When he said the American citizens couldn’t be told the reason the U.S. Military has to violently occupy the Middle East– that the Elite drop depleted Uranium bombs, murder wedding parties, destroy water plants, etc– because it was too complicated should have enraged everyone of good will. The reason the Elite make up stories about WMD and “that we must bring democracy” is because we are a just and moral people and would not permit our sons and daughters to murder brown people and possibly be killed or maimed themselves in the desert so our 401k’s get a good return. The USG does not tell us the real reason because the real reason is immoral. Instead the USG uses our inherent desire to be moral to get us to accede to a blood-soaked empire. Mr. Friedman sounds like a slavery apologist from the 1850’s. I can imagine him saying something like: “Well, we have 25% of the world cotton market and if we end slavery the price of cotton will go up, but not just that, the economy will fall everywhere. Think of the British Mill-worker!” Slavery had to end because it was immoral. War and Empire have to end because they are immoral. Mr. Friedman slyly dismisses the murder, famine, and violence caused by the Military by getting us to focus on the financial effects of empire.


  3. December 11, 2015 @ 8:17 pm Joseph Jaworski

    So let’s see, this great logic that Mr. Friedman put forth in the interview… It is the people of Europe fearing the potential formation; decade in the future, of “Islamic Caliphate” supported and support the continuous destruction of the Middle East. Rather then the invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan and the resulting destabilization of the Middle East resulted in the formation of the “Caliphate”. Even if it is not a CIA invention, as lot of experts claim. Not to mention how little the invasion had to do with US interests, but those of powers in the Middle East. And there are people that actually still believe this type of “analysis” ?


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