The 2008 economic meltdown was a watershed moment in American history. Despite the tectonic massive economic disturbance that resulted from this situation, the main issue that stemmed from this was trust.

Cryptocurrency was borne out of the financial ruin of 2008. With the Great Recession, financial instability but more so distrust in the institutions that governed us for centuries was lost. Generational distrust arose out of this situation. Fidelity in anything became forever lost. In this era, a developer with the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto, created a watershed moment in history. …


In February of this year, the US and the Taliban signed a peace deal to begin the facilitation of a full US withdrawal from Afghanistan while allowing the Afghans to work a peace deal amongst themselves. With that signature, the longest “forever war” in US history begun to drawdown. We need to pull out of Afghanistan now, not because President Trump stated it but because it is overdue. The precipitous failure of the Afghan policy begun after 2003 with the disastrous and illegal invasion of Iraq. The focus of the war was shifted by the Bush Administration via its Iraq…


Osman I, the founder of the Ottoman dynasty and Empire, hailed from a small Turkic tribe known as the Kayis who were from the Oghuz confederation. His fate was to create an empire with a trajectory that would shift the historical tectonic plates for centuries to come. Osman was known for his religious piety. One day, in his youth he had a dream, one that would foreshadow the political landscape of the Turkish nation and the world to come:

A moon rose from the breast of the holy man who was then his host and sank in his own; then…


The Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) is a union of nations that was born out of a desire for economic modernization and development as well as a common fear during the Cold War; Communism. Despite many organizations being formed in this era, ASEAN was one of the few that were able to survive the end of the Cold War.

Even though one of the original mandates, the existential threat of Communism, has been eliminated, it still has managed to carry on with an updated focus. With the rise of China, ASEAN members have begun to sign defense treaties…


Design thinking is a process for creative problem solving.

Design thinking has a human-centric core. It encourages organizations to focus on the people they’re creating for, which leads to better products, services, and internal processes. When you sit down to create a solution for a business need, the first question should always be what’s the users need behind it? Sounds intuitive right? Unfortunately, most companies don’t think that way, instead the inertial forces of the corporate structure zombify our perspective into doing the same mundane, repetitive task and processes that lead to pretty much nothing.

In employing design thinking, your…


In 2001, the United States along with NATO and 50 countries invaded Afghanistan in what was retribution for the 9/11 attacks against Al Qaeda and their host, the Taliban. While the Taliban were not directly connected to the attacks, their guest Bin Laden had plotted and orchestrated the attacks from safe havens across the country. Prior to the attacks, the country was in the last throes of a civil war that was favoring the Taliban, but the tides of history changed on 9/11. In October of 2001, the Taliban were removed from power and the US installed Karzai and the…


Bitcoin has seen more than 400% gains year to date. Despite the pull back from its all time highs and all the resistance from the financial industry establishment, Bitcoin and altcoins appear to be on track to set new highs.

Bitcoin and cryptocurrency have forever changed how the financial industry will operate. Cryptocurrency will help by removing the middleman from all transactions. Just like how the internet democratized information, cryptocurrency will democratize trust.

Unlike the status quo, transactions are carried out digitally and made P2P, peer to peer, in a method regulated by the blockchain technology. This is a decentralized…


Leviathan

In today’s world, democratic governments have become more authoritative in how they disposition authority towards individuals and businesses. While this is the norm for authoritarian governments, it is antithetical to democracies. A limited government is one whose power is relegated through legal enumeration. In most countries with limited government, a constitution is used to bound authority. A country’s constitution is a body of fundamental principles according to which a nation is governed by. Democracies today are threateningly becoming more bureaucratic and expansive in its prerogatives, veering greatly away from their initial design. …


National Debt Clock

If I asked you what is the biggest threat to American security today, what comes to mind; ISIS, North Korea, Iran, China, or Russia? You would be wrong, it is the national debt. Any individual with a modicum of understanding of the political & economic workings of our nation will arrive at the same conclusion. The vibrancy of an economy is the underlying foundation for a strong and prosperous country. Yet in the US, we rarely pay any mind to the continual rising of the national debt in the last several decades. …


The Godfather is a classical American feature that set in motion a new genre of movies, the Mafia, which would spawn other classic movies and TV shows. The Godfather has become a pop culture icon. Scenes and characters are oft quoted and referenced. The movie is known for its parables, morals, and famous quotes. While the movie creates great sub-plots and character arcs, its the cast of characters that it assembled that creates cinematic genius of the movie.

Whether you are the head of a Fortune 500 company or leading a team, the Corleone Family will teach leaders on what…

Luis Durani

Blockchain Enthusiast, Foreign & Economic Policy writer. Trying to learn AI/ML/Python. Follow me @LuisDurani, IG: duranifarms

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