What We’re Reading: Bad Business and the Anti-Bonds

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Car Guys Vs. Bean Counters: The Battle for the Soul of American Business By Bob Lutz Business is metaphysical. It begins with a vision of something that exists in the soul but not yet in the world. This is followed by love and an overwhelming passion that embraces the vision, is driven by it, and transforms it from the transcendent to the imminent, a piece of the earth. It then creates ritual, the repetitive acts that must be performed in order to flood the world with the vision. As the ritual takes hold, men and women are brought in to perform the rituals that will enrich the world. Finally, there is wealth, the reward for having the vision and the love, and being faithful to that ritual. But the metaphysical is a harsh master. The vision cannot be contrived, the love cannot be feigned, the rituals must be rigorously followed, and the rewards must flow to all who serve the rituals. Bob Lutz served as vice chairman of General Motors and Chrysler and as a board member of Ford. He was a car guy and he wrote a book a while ago called “Car Guys vs. Bean Counters: The Battle […]

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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.

Valentina Jovanovski
Valentina Jovanovski is an editor at Geopolitical Futures. She works with analysts to hone their writing and handles daily digital publishing and communication of analytical content to subscribers. Ms. Jovanovski was previously an analyst at a research firm focusing on corporate social responsibility before moving to London, England, to earn a diploma in journalism. She worked in Budapest for two years as a freelance journalist, writing for several international publications. She was also an associate editor for an English-language Hungarian news portal. She has an honors bachelor’s degree in political science and geography from the University of Toronto and a master’s degree in political science from Carleton University in Ottawa.