Final Thoughts on Kissinger

Kissinger’s period at the pinnacle of American politics lasted only 6 years, but it was a momentous 6 years, and his policies had an enormous impact: détente, the opening to China, withdrawal from Vietnam. He continued to advise presidents for the next 30 years, and his book “World Order,” written when he was 90, was …

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Kissinger as a Thinker

I failed to mention one of Kissinger’s greatest achievements yestereday: détente. It is characteristic of Kissinger’s approach to foreign policy in that it was intended as a practical way of improving the U.S. international position. It resulted in strengthening the Soviets through grain sales, and the positive effect it was supposed to have on human …

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Henry Kissinger, RIP

Former National Security Advisor and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger passed away on November 29th, aged 100. My major point of interest in Kissinger has been his book World Order, which mainly interested me because of its lengthy discussion of the Congress of Westphalia. I discussed the book at length, disagreeing with most of it. …

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New Look at an Old Painting

I played around with an AI to render Ter Borch’s painting as 3d. It’s a small thing, but I find it really interesting. I had always perceived the scene as extremely flat, like the characters lined up in Da Vinci’s Last Supper. This rendering shows that they may have been in more layers than I …

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The Peace of Westphalia and Sovereignty

I realized that I had never posted any videos explaining the relation between the Peace of Westphalia and sovereignty — or why people think there is a relation — so I remedied that this week.