George Friedman’s Thoughts: Remembering May 7, 1945

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Today, May 7, 2020, is the 75th anniversary of the surrender of Nazi Germany. That day ended an extraordinary period of human history, made infamous by an extraordinary man. I say Adolf Hitler was extraordinary because he was at once a maniac and among the most honest politicians in history. He never hid what he meant to do, and what he said he would do he did. He wasn’t above telling lies such as those at the Munich accords when it suited his purpose, of course, but in a sense those were acts of charity, freeing those afraid to act from the need to act. About his maniacal thoughts, he was always honest. In “Mein Kampf,” he described in detail his true intentions. Imagining death on such a scale, so thoroughly and efficiently, is astounding. Geopolitically, there was nothing extraordinary in his actions. When Germany unified in 1871, an economic dynamo was created in Europe. Germany quickly passed the French economy and was challenging the British. The rest of Europe feared its growing power and so formed an anti-German bloc comprising Britain, France, Russia and others. Germany faced a blockade from the sea and potential simultaneous attacks from France and […]

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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 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, 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.