The Caliphate of the Headless: why Islamic State deserves our respect

Expansion of Caliphate

First, lets get this out of the way: the Islamic State is a frightening, murderous, group and needs to be neutralised as soon as possible. Second, their game plan is terrifyingly brilliant and deserves our respect.  To dismiss them as another murderous terrorist organisation underestimates how dangerous they could potentially become.  Why? It More...

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Holy Trinity
By Tristan Fischer On Thursday, March 27th, 2014
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The Holy Trinity: How to explain Climate Change to Conservative Christians

To the great surprise of most people living in North America, January 2014 was the fourth warmest January in recorded history, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. What is even more More...

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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...

Team West
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...

Middle Class Angst
By Tristan Fischer On Monday, January 20th, 2014
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The way the middle class has managed declining incomes is no longer working. What next?

In 2013 Robert Reich, the former Labour Secretary under President Clinton and currently a professor at University of California Berkeley, released a documentary called “Inequality for All” during which he highlighted More...

UK tax and spend
By Tristan Fischer On Tuesday, January 7th, 2014
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Yes, we should get rid of Corporation Tax. We need jobs

The amount of money raised by corporation tax is tiny, compared to other forms of taxation.  So tiny that it is not worth the cost to society for imposing it.  This chart, from Yahoo finance based on HM Treasury More...

Importing unemployment
By Tristan Fischer On Wednesday, January 1st, 2014
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Why buying cheap imported products is more expensive for individuals and not just society

Why do so many Western politicians and economists promote a trading system that increases Western unemployment levels and results in a gigantic transfer of wealth to the East every year? Since 2000 many jobs have More...

Akhenaton and his beautiful wife Nefertiti and children. Aton is the sun disc above them.
By Tristan Fischer On Thursday, December 5th, 2013
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Why God needs the government: multiculturalism vs monotheism

FHN looks at the worship of Aton, the first monotheistic religion over 3,350 years ago, and how changes to European attitudes to Christianity today may make Islam more rigid in the future.   Multiculturalism and More...

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By Tristan Fischer On Friday, November 22nd, 2013
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A Lost Generation: why the personal story of the beautiful Yulia is also our story

Looking back… Many years ago HFN spent a wonderful day in the company of a beautiful Russian woman.  She had a warm smile and long legs that never seemed to stop. She was also very smart and had a master’s More...

Bisexual on the left, homosexual on the right.
By Tristan Fischer On Wednesday, November 20th, 2013
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Why is bisexuality becoming mainstream?

Grey’s Anatomy, a TV series set in a Seattle hospital, has a senior female surgeon hopping into bed with a male colleague and then hopping into bed with a female colleague, whom she eventually marries.  Scandal, More...

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History, Future. Now. is a website devoted to putting current events into a historical and future context. When we look back in time we have the benefit of seeing how each historical event laid the foundations of the next historical event. History looks neat and later events inevitable.

This neatness is an illusion. Past historical events had thousands of possible outcomes which could have set us on a radically different path and there is a whole cannon of alternative histories that look into these outcomes in more depth.

Nevertheless, there are major themes in history that result in inevitable outcomes. This website looks at these themes and tries to project them into the future, referring to the present as nothing but a continuation of the past and the future as nothing but a continuation of the present.

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