A City on a Hill: Winthrop’s Grand Design

In this Rising Tide Foundation lecture, Sam Labrier introduces the international geopolitical environment during a time of global upheaval in the early 17th century as platonic humanists in Europe sought more fertile soil far removed from the corruption of the old world wherein a new type of society could be founded upon republican principles of…

The International Dimensions of 1776 and How an Age of Reason Was Subverted

By Matthew Ehret Today, a larger-than-usual shadow is cast upon America which has come face-to-face with some serious historic reckonings. While the existence of an oligarchy and international “deep state” should not be ignored as a political force of history- arranging wars, assassinations and promoting economic enslavement of people and nations throughout the centuries, the…

Symposium: Rediscovering the Lost Art of Statecraft

To view all past symposiums click here. To register for future class series email info@risingtidefoundation.net 1st Movement: The Ancients Date: Sunday May 9 at 4pm ESTTitle: Plato and Confucius, Spiritual Brothers and Philosopher Kings Living at the Two Ends of the World Island Lecturer: Dr. Quan LeBio: Dr. Le is a practicing psychiatrist and geopolitical…

The Untold History of Ibero America: Empire vs Christian Humanism

During the mid-19th century a revolutionary struggle swept across ibero American nations and in the course of several decades monarchical systems of empire that had established themselves across the Americas began to lose their hold on power and a new system of republics were instituted. Certainly this movement cannot be said to be bad as…

A Song

By Gerald Therrien Is it to herald your regal realm,    proclaims this voice serene and bold? For all who hear it are in your care,    from God that right you do uphold! Is it a message sent far and wide,    an envoy to a love unseen? That seeks a mate of the…

Learning to Think Like Mencius in a Time of Crisis

Full Reading Now Available. Since ancient times, philosophers have sought the remedy to humanity’s recurrent plunges into war, division, chaos, ignorance and all the moral, temporal and spiritual ills that accompany those disharmonies. In ancient Greece, this effort was spearheaded by Plato (427-347 BCE) and his school of disciples that applied the methods of their…

Canada’s Potential Eurasian Future: A Vision for the 21st Century and Beyond

In the following report, a strategic overview is laid out with the explicit purpose to inform and activate leading citizens and policy makers towards the strategy needed to re-align our nation from the shackles of the rules-based order’s collapsing monetarist system, towards the new paradigm exemplified by the BRICS/New Silk Road orientation of win-win cooperation…

The Russia-China Polar Silk Road Speeds Ahead

By Matthew Ehret Since China’s Arctic extension of the New Silk Road was first unveiled in a January 2018 white paper, a process of Arctic development has been unleashed which represents one of the most important and under-appreciated developments on Earth. Not only will 10 days be saved by goods moving between China and Europe via…

Statecraft in Modern China: From Sun Yat-sen to the New Silk Road

Many citizens in both the west and east still find themselves trapped under a set of assumptions that presumes Chinese and American cultures arise from two opposing and incompatible worlds of politics, economics and culture. In this Rising Tide Foundation lecture, Dr. Quan Le shatters that belief by introducing the history, philosophy and political economic…

The Dream of an African Renaissance: Cheikh Anta Diop’s Vision

In this class exploring the life, and research of the great Senegalese scientist, philosopher and statesman Cheikh Anta Diop and his life, Nicholas Jones (President of Artists’ Alliance for Africa) introduces a picture of Africa and her deep history that is quite different from what we might expect. A precolonial glory connected with Egypt’s ancient…

Iran’s Century and a Half Fight for Sovereignty

By Cynthia Chung It all started in 1872, with Nasir al-Din Shah having granted to the British Baron Julius de Reuter, rights to Iran’s entire economic estate. Reuter not only controlled Iran’s industry, farming, and rail transportation, but also held the right to issue currency and to set up a national bank, called the Imperial…

The Harmony Between Tianxia and Westphalia

By Matthew Ehret I have noticed that many pro-Chinese thinkers and writers have lately made the mistake of presuming that Chinese culture and civilization stands in total opposition to the divisive/imperially minded western culture which has laid waste to much of the world over the past centuries. This perception has expressed itself in the various…

India-Russia-Iran: Eurasia’s New Transportation Powerhouses

By Matthew Ehret (Originally published on The Cradle) Tectonic shifts continue to rage through the world system with nation-states quickly recognizing that the “great game” as it has been played since the establishment of the Bretton Woods monetary system in the wake of the second World War, is over. But empires never disappear without a…

Cultural Warfare and the American Revolution (Franklin, West and Morse Revisited)

In this lecture delivered as part of the Rising Tide Foundation series “Towards an Age of Creative Reason”, Matthew Ehret introduces the fight to establish a cultural revolution in the arts and sciences initiated by Benjamin Franklin, and a small international network of co-conspirators of the 18th century which was then understood to be the vital…

The ABCs in Energy: Do We Actually Understand How Energy Works?

By Cynthia Chung Europeans are presently being told that the energy crisis they are entering, with natural gas prices now four times higher than last year, stems from a longer winter, competition with East Asian countries for gas, and problems on the supply end with delayed maintenance and less investment. These gas prices are in…

What Determines A Limit to Growth?

By Cynthia Chung This is an article version of a class Cynthia Chung gave for the symposium “The Earth Next 100 Years” which can be viewed here. What Determines a “Limit to Growth”? This might seem like a rather ignorant or simplistic question to some. Many will think the answer rather obvious, that the Limit…

The Dynamics of Nuclear Power Diplomacy: Russia and China vs the Neo-Malthusians

In 1975, an influential Stanford biologist named Paul Ehrlich (author of the misanthropic 1968 Population Bomb) stated that in his view, humanity’s acquisition of fusion energy was “like giving an idiot child a machine gun”. Ehrlich’s views were shared widely among the peculiar sect of scientists that have come to be known as neo-Malthusians. Ehrlich’s colleague John…

China’s Sputnik Moment Kindles a New Spark of Hope for the World

By Matthew Ehret It was once believed in the west that the future would be beautiful, just, and as plentiful as it was peaceful. Under John F. Kennedy’s bold leadership the idea of space exploration was more than a simple “space race” or plopping a human being on the moon “within the decade and returning…

Lincoln, Railroads and China [Anton Chaitkin RTF Lecture]

Why did President Lincoln decide to launch the world’s greatest rail project in the midst of the Civil War? What ideas of US-China relations governed this planning? and what role did Lincoln-admiring patriots in China, Japan, and Russia play in shaping a new anti-imperial world order during the end of the 20th century? In this…

What it Means to be an American Citizen this Fourth of July

By Cynthia Chung In celebration of the upcoming Independence Day, I thought I would share with you the transcript of a lecture I delivered 2 years ago on the subject of “Frederick Douglass and the Fight to Save the Soul of America.” It is a pretty heated situation in the United States right now, pretty much likened…

The Imperial Myth of Canada’s National Policy. Its Contemporary Implications

By Matthew Ehret The mythology of Canada’s National Policy is a multi-layered fallacy of composition which must be addressed from the standpoint of locating Canada’s struggle for nationhood as locked in the midst of a battle between two conceptions of man and law expressed in the British vs. American systems of political economy. Before entering…

Favorable Winds from China: How the BRI is Transforming West Asia

By Cynthia Chung [Orginally published on The Cradle.] ‘A crisis is an opportunity riding the dangerous wind.’ So says a Chinese proverb, and nowhere is this truer than in crisis-ridden West Asia, now a major focus of Beijing’s BRI vision to bring infrastructure, connectivity and economic growth to this struggling region. West Asia’s winds have…

Sparks of a New Renaissance in Painting Emerge from China

By Matthew Ehret It is rare to see new artistic movements arise. It is even rarer that such artistic revolutions manage to respect the best traditions of the past while at the same time infuse something new and improved into society. The fatal error made by many innovators attempting to break with the often stultifying…

Discourse On the Debt of Africa, Thirty-Three Years On

by PD Lawton Today, Africa stands at the cross-roads. This is the last opportunity for the continent`s leadership to decide the fate of 1.3 billion people. This is the most crucial moment in Africa`s history. The choice on one hand, is to continue following IMF diktat and agree to a future of economic policy that benefits the…

Why H.G. Wells’ ‘The Shape of Things to Come’ Has Arrived Today

By Cynthia Chung “It has become apparent that whole masses of human population are, as a whole, inferior in their claim upon the future, to other masses, that they cannot be given opportunities or trusted with power as the superior peoples are trusted, that their characteristic weaknesses are contagious and detrimental to the civilizing fabric,…

The War on Science and the 20th Century Descent of Man

By Cynthia Chung In Part 1 the question was discussed what was Aldous’ real intention in writing the Brave New World; was it meant as an exhortation, an inevitable prophecy or as an Open Conspiracy? An Open Conspiracy closely linked to not only H.G. Wells, who clearly laid out such a vision in his book by the…

Open System Pathways for a Multi-Polar Future

By Matthew Ehret During the course of President Putin’s June 24 opening speech during the Moscow Parade celebrating the 75th anniversary of WWII, the following call to action was made: “We understand how important it is to strengthen friendship and trust between nations, and are open to dialogue and cooperation on the most pressing issues on the international…

Vladimir Vernadsky’s ‘Scientific Thought as a Planetary Phenomenon’

Over the past two months, The Rising Tide Foundation has hosted a series of workshops exploring the powerful mind, works, discoveries and political effects of the great Russian biogeochemist Vladimir Ivanovich Vernadsky (1863-1945). We began by working through Vernadsky’s 1938 Scientific Thought as a Planetary Phenomenon in three sessions followed by three additional sessions of…

Leibniz vs Newton: A Clash of Paradigms

RTF President Cynthia Chung kicks off the symposium ‘As Above so Below: Re-uniting the Macroverse with the Microverse” with a presentation on Leibniz vs Newton: A Clash of Paradigms. This presentation will introduce the principled conflict of two opposing schools of thought materialist/mathematical defined by Newton vs the higher dynamic/metaphysical method embodied by Gottfried Leibniz….

The Art of Peace- The New Silk Road Counters an Age of Turbulence

The Rising Tide Foundation proudly presents the proceedings of the November 16 seminar held in Montreal Canada entitled “The Art of Peace: The New Silk Road Counters an Age of Turbulence” featuring six speakers tackling the multi-faceted New Silk Road from artistic, engineering, historical, philosophical and scientific standpoints. Presentation 1: A new epoch of cooperation…

Symposium: Rediscovering the Infinite Through Classical Art

The Rising Tide Foundation presents the Symposium: Rediscovering the Infinite Through Classical Art, which opened with a presentation by Cynthia Chung on Shakespeare and the use of tragedy in elevating an audience’s knowledge of human nature in order to break free from tragic dynamics within us. This was followed by a lecture delivered by Matthew…

Why Must Aesthetics Govern A Society Worthy Of Political Freedom? Ask the CIA

By Matthew Ehret In the mid-1990s, a series of exposés featured on the London Independent and elsewhere brought a dark secret to light. Many were startled by the revelation that the entire evolution of 20th century modern art was directed in large measure by the CIA! This not only included the direct financing of abstract painters like Jackson Pollock…

Paul Robeson: His Life as an Unfinished Symphony

Many know of the name Paul Robeson as a great baritone singer and actor of the early 20th century… but few know of Paul Robeson as the cultural warrior, renaissance man and world citizen who created the foundations for the civil rights movement, played a leading role in the international anti-colonial freedom struggle, or anti-fascist…

Unifying Spirit between East and West: Giuseppe Castiglione (1688-1766), Jesuit painter in the Forbidden City.

By Matthew Ehret “In pursuing the Belt and Road Initiative, we should ensure that when it comes to different civilizations, exchange will replace estrangement, mutual learning will replace clashes, and coexistence will replace a sense of superiority. This will boost mutual understanding, mutual respect and mutual trust among different countries” -Xi Jinping, Belt and Road…

Study of the Heavens: a History of Chinese Astronomy

Transcript of a lecture given by Cynthia Chung at ‘The Universe, Creativity and You‘ Symposium. We live in a strange time. Many have forgotten the power of imagination and are instead bogged down with the reality of ‘practicality’. The reality of ‘the budget’, and the reality of ‘what is deemed useful and what is deemed…

On Optimism: A Chant of Darkness

By Cynthia Chung “So my optimism is no mild and unreasoning satisfaction. A poet once said I must be happy because I did not see the bare, cold present, but lived in a beautiful dream. I do live in a beautiful dream; but that dream is the actual, the present – not cold, but warm;…

Plato’s Republic vs Klaus’ Great Narrative: Who Guards the Guardians?

In this Rising Tide Foundation lecture, Matthew Ehret introduces the two opposing solutions to the One/Many problem of governance first developed by Plato through the character of his mentor Socrates 2400 years ago. The question in its basic terms can be summarized the following way: IF human society is capable of breaking free of the…

Schiller’s Mission of Moses

What were the geopolitical and cultural realities shaping the world Moses was born into and upon which he intervened? How did his experience growing up in the royal halls of Egypt with access to the highest cultural education then available during the 12th century BC also shape his mind and heart as he struggled over…

Why the Poetic Principle is Imperative for Statecraft

Cynthia Chung Today, perhaps more so than at any time in history, we are experiencing a divide between what is considered to be the “domain” or “confinement” of art as wholly separate from the domain of “politics.” The irony of such a perception is its failure to recognise that the root of our political system…

The Legislation of Lycurgus and Solon

The great poet, historian and dramatist Friedrich Schiller recognized that the study of universal history were impossible if the mind of the researcher missed the fundamental tension between two opposing paradigms which strike at the heart of the nature of man, god, and reality itself. While this fundamental tension has expressed itself in diverse manners…

Schiller’s Ghost Seer, Intelligence Methods and a Global Citizenry

A Study of Schiller’s The Ghost Seer By Cynthia Chung The Ghost Seer first appeared in several instalments in Schiller’s publication journal Thalia from 1787 to 1789, and was later published as a three-volume book. It was one of the most popular works of Schiller’s during his lifetime. People were attracted by the subject of…

Ancient India and the Vedas: The Untold Story

In this Rising Tide Foundation lecture, Dr Raj Vedam introduces a multi parameter analysis of ancient Indian civilization by incorporating archeology, archeo-genetics, linguistics, archeo-astronomy, mathematics, engineering, architecture and literary analysis with one aim: Prove definitively that Indian culture is both much older than “Aryan invasion” devotees would have the world believe. In opposition to the…

Germany’s Stockholm Syndrome and the Firing of Valery Gergiev

By Cynthia Chung “No, there is a limit to the tyrant’s power! When the oppressed man finds no justice, When the burden grows unbearable, he appeals with fearless heart to heaven, and thence brings down his everlasting rights, which there abide, inalienably his, and indestructible as stars themselves. The primal state of nature reappears, wherein man…