The West’s romance with Free Trade is ending. Why?

Donald Trump is marching the US into a trade war with China.  Markets are rattled.  China is rattled.  American companies are rattled.  After 100 years of promoting free trade as a way of enriching everyone, the West is having a rethink: is free trade really that great? This History Future Now article looks back at Western trading practices from More...

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By Tristan Fischer On Friday, May 10th, 2019
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Why Western Democracy is in crisis.

Western democracies today are not functioning well, are unable to plan for the long term and are highly unstable.  In survey after survey people living in democracies all over the world are showing record levels More...

By Tristan Fischer On Wednesday, May 16th, 2018
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Europe has unique problems with Muslim immigration. Here’s why.

Europe has unique problems with Muslim immigration.  This is at once both an obvious statement of reality and highly controversial.  Like all History Future Now article we look at this issue from the perspective More...

By Tristan Fischer On Monday, April 3rd, 2017
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Gaius Julius Trump and the end of the Republic- preparing for a successor

Ivanka Trump is being groomed for the Presidency The role of Ivanka Trump, and her consort Jared Kushner, in the Trump White House is clear: Trump is preparing her to be the first female President of the United More...

By Tristan Fischer On Wednesday, December 7th, 2016
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Brexit and Napoleon’s Continental System

Those of you who read or watched Sharpe, a book and TV series about a British soldier – played by Sean Bean – set during the Napoleonic Wars, will recall that Napoleon Bonaparte controlled most of More...

By Tristan Fischer On Sunday, December 4th, 2016
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Leaving the EU Part 1: What can history teach us about the possible outcomes of Brexit? 

There is a lot of confusion in the UK about what Brexit means and what the implications will be for the country over the next few years and decades beyond.  For some, those that opted to vote remain, leaving the More...

By Tristan Fischer On Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016
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Why I am voting to Remain in the EU on Thursday

I will be voting Remain tomorrow. This is why. I love being part of the EU and our lives have been enriched by being part of it. I like having people from all over the EU coming to live in the UK.  I like the More...

By Tristan Fischer On Friday, April 22nd, 2016
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England’s historical relationship with Europe and what this means for Brexit and the future.  

In 1475 Edward IV of England signed a treaty with Louis XI of France in which he formally renounced his claim to the French throne.  The war that would later be called the Hundred Year’s War finally came to an More...

By Tristan Fischer On Wednesday, February 12th, 2014
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The rise of the West was based on luck. That has run out.

Many Westerners fret about the relative decline of the West. For over 500 years, since the successful conquest of the Americas by Atlantic Ocean facing European countries, the West has dominated the world in terms More...

By Tristan Fischer On Friday, January 31st, 2014
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“Team West” is worried about its decline. Don’t be. It is quite normal

Many Westerners fret about the relative decline of the West.  For over 500 years, since the successful conquest of the Americas by Atlantic Ocean facing European countries, the West has dominated the world in terms More...