A Different Election

Thoughts in and around geopolitics.

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In less than a week, the United States will elect a president for the 59th time in its history. This one, as others before it, will be sacred. They represent 59 moments at which the dream of the founders and of the Enlightenment came to be, where the people judged their rulers and decided on their fate. It may not be the noblest imaginable method, but its sanctity lies in the fact that it is an extraordinary idea made manifest. These 59 elections have also been profane. Andrew Jackson’s wife was called a prostitute, and Abraham Lincoln’s election led to a bloodbath the likes of which the nation had never seen. There is a relentless viciousness of the ambitious who want to destroy the good name of their opponents. We are human, so the sacred and profane resides in us all. My job is to see patterns, so most events to me are always old songs sung to a new beat. I have seen the beauty of the Constitution unfold in the 1960s and 1970s, stabilizing the republic in spite of the anger in the country. I can tell you about the corruption that marred previous elections, like Rutherford B. […]

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George Friedman

George Friedman is an internationally recognized geopolitical forecaster and strategist on international affairs and the founder and chairman of Geopolitical Futures.

Dr. Friedman is also a New York Times bestselling author. His most recent book, THE STORM BEFORE THE CALM: America’s Discord, the Coming Crisis of the 2020s, and the Triumph Beyond, published February 25, 2020 describes how “the United States periodically reaches a point of crisis in which it appears to be at war with itself, yet after an extended period it reinvents itself, in a form both faithful to its founding and radically different from what it had been.” The decade 2020-2030 is such a period which will bring dramatic upheaval and reshaping of American government, foreign policy, economics, and culture.



His most popular book, The Next 100 Years, is kept alive by the prescience of its predictions. Other best-selling books include Flashpoints: The Emerging Crisis in Europe, The Next Decade, America’s Secret War, The Future of War and The Intelligence Edge. His books have been translated into more than 20 languages.

Dr. Friedman has briefed numerous military and government organizations in the United States and overseas and appears regularly as an expert on international affairs, foreign policy and intelligence in major media. For almost 20 years before resigning in May 2015, Dr. Friedman was CEO and then chairman of Stratfor, a company he founded in 1996. Friedman received his bachelor’s degree from the City College of the City University of New York and holds a doctorate in government from Cornell University.