Archive for January 2017

Nationalism versus Globalism: Vladimir Putin as Hero?

Jan 28th, 2017 | By
iipi012817

Last week in Issues in Perspective (21 January 2017), I argued that the new ideological struggle in the world is between the forces of nationalism and the forces of globalism. This struggle explains Brexit and the rise of Donald Trump among other developments. This week I want to address the curious role that Vladimir Putin plays in this ongoing struggle between nationalism and globalism.



Exodus 3:13-4:17

Jan 26th, 2017 | By
bspi012617

Moses’ resists the Lord’s commands to take leadership of His chosen people, yet God demonstrates His grace to Moses and to us today.



Globalism vs. Nationalism: The Ideological Struggle of the 21st Century

Jan 21st, 2017 | By
iipi012117

For much of the 20th century, ideological discussions and debates have centered on liberal versus conservative, left versus right. No longer. The ideological divide of the 21st century is emerging as globalism versus nationalism. Since the end of World War II, global integration and technological progress have fueled a new world order centered on free trade, open borders and interdependent economies. Goods, capital and people should be able to move freely across borders, which is actually the meaning of globalization. But Greg Ip of the Wall Street Journal argues that globalism is a “mindset that globalization is natural and good, that global governance should expand as national sovereignty contracts.” The new nationalist surge has startled and shocked the advocates of globalism. This new nationalism is the vital center of Brexit and the election of Donald Trump.



Exodus 2:1-3:13

Jan 20th, 2017 | By
bspi012017

Moses’ 40 years in Egypt, his 40 years in Exile in Midian, and the Burning Bush.



The Withdrawal of the United States from the Middle East: The Consequences

Jan 14th, 2017 | By
iipi011417

The post-World War II international order, organized by the United States, is coming apart. There is probably no more poignant example of this truth than the Middle East. The US has been the key to relative stability and order in the notoriously complex Middle East. From the creation of Israel in 1948, through the wars of 1956, 1967 and 1973, the United States brokered the peace that ultimately preserved the existence of Israel and kept the major powers (e.g., the Soviet Union and now Russia, as well as Iran) at bay. Under Presidents Carter, Clinton, Bush and Reagan, the US brokered peace deals between Israel and its neighbors based on the premise of “land for peace.” No longer!



Exodus 1:1-2:5

Jan 13th, 2017 | By
bspi011317

A historical introduction to Exodus, the bondage of Israel, & the birth of Moses.



Genesis 47:1-50:26

Jan 10th, 2017 | By
iipi011017

In his final breaths, Jacob bestows his blessing on his 12 sons: they are the foundation of the 12 Tribes of Israel, and the groundwork for the entire Old Testament.



The Need for Educational Reform in America

Jan 7th, 2017 | By
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As a reward to the teacher unions of the United States for strongly supporting his run for the presidency, Jimmy Carter created the Department of Education, a Cabinet level Department with a large bureaucracy. Today that Department funnels billions of tax dollars to elementary, secondary and college institutions throughout the United States. Especially for the public elementary and secondary schools, there is a growing body of evidence indicating that this Department and the tax dollars spent since 1979 have not produced a good return on investment. . . Arguably, most intellectually honest educators admit that the American system of public education is in need of thoroughgoing reform. But both Democrats and Republicans have blind spots when it comes to educational reform. . .



Genesis 47:1-48:7

Jan 3rd, 2017 | By
bspi010317

Jacob & the family settle into Egypt, which ultimately will birth the nation of Israel.