"Every perception is to some degree an act of creation, and every act of memory is to some degree an act of imagination."

-- Gerald Edelman, Second Nature: Brain Science and Human Knowledge
The items that are most important in making a great empire are…1 People being able to work well together, united behind a common view of how they should be togetherThe items that are most important in making a great empire are…The War with Ourselves: The Enemy Is UsChapter 7: US-China Relations and Wars2020-10-18Journal1 People being able to work well together, united behind a common view of how they should be togetherOther exogenous shocks such as acts of natureDisclosures People being able to work well together, united behind a common view of how they should be together is also important.  When people have knowledge, skills, good character, and the civility to behave and work well together, and there is… …a good system for allocating resources, which is significantly improved by… …being open to the best global thinking, the country has the most important ingredients in order to succeed.  That leads to them gaining… …greater competitiveness in global markets, which brings in revenues that are greater than expenses, which leads them to have… …strong income growth, which allows them to make… …increased investments to improve their infrastructure, education systems, and research and development, which leads them to have… …rapidly increasing productivity (more valuable output per hour worked).  Increasing productivity is what increases wealth and productive capabilities.  When they achieve higher productivity levels, they can become productive inventors of… …new technologies.  These new technologies are valuable for both commerce and the military.  As the country becomes more competitive in these ways, naturally they gain… …a rising and significant share of world trade, which requires them to have… …a strong military to protect their trade routes and to influence those who are important to them outside their borders.  In becoming economically preeminent they develop… …strong, widely used currency, equity, and credit markets.  Naturally those dominant in trade and capital flows have their currency used much more as the preferred global medium of exchange and the preferred storehold of wealth, which leads to their currency becoming a reserve currency and the building of… …at least one of the world’s leading financial centers for attracting and distributing capital and expanding their trade globally. Continue reading… Index 1 People being able to work well together, united behind a common view of how they should be together Other exogenous shocks such as acts of nature Disclosures Continue reading…