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 Thursday, September 15th, 2016
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Hinkley Point decision is really about China and Brexit

Brexiteers were worried that cancelling Hinkley could impact on one of their cherished goals – a trade agreement with China to help justify Brexit. Much ink has been spilled about why Prime Minster May’s More...

By Tristan Fischer On Saturday, July 9th, 2016
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Brexit has highlighted those that were left behind by globalisation

HFN thinks that leaving the European Union would be a mistake.  It is likely, however, that it will happen.  So be it.  The world will not end. However, Brexit has highlighted a serious problem that threatens More...

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...

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...

By Tristan Fischer On Friday, February 15th, 2013
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Crisis: or an explanation on the origins of the decline of the West

Christopher Marlowe’s play Doctor Faustus was written around 1592 and was based on an earlier German work about Dr Faustus, a talented German scholar at Wittenburg University who was frustrated by the limits More...

By Tristan Fischer On Tuesday, November 27th, 2012
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Why China could invade Taiwan – and get away with it

The story of how the Republic of China became Taiwan and its relationship with mainland China is fascinating.  How many people in the West know that Taiwan was once a Dutch colony and that it only became part of More...

By Tristan Fischer On Thursday, November 22nd, 2012
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An American parable: The rise of Venetian inequality and the decline of prosperity

A new book, Why Nations Fail: the Origins of Power, Prosperity and Poverty, looks at the historical roots as to why some countries are rich and others are poor. As with all books of this genre, it owes a great More...

By Tristan Fischer On Saturday, November 17th, 2012
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What happens when China becomes the largest economy in the world?

According to the OECD, China is due to overtake the US economy as the largest in the world in three years.  By 2030 it predicts that China will account for 25% of the world’s economy.  That is impressive. Detractors More...

By Tristan Fischer On Monday, October 15th, 2012
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The North African Threat and Mediterranean Reunification

North Africa does not appear to be a military and political threat to the European Union.  Why should it?  In the last few years most of its countries have been convulsed by revolutions and are in disarray.   More...