Escaping the Brave New World: Fleeing Huxley’s Island

In this episode of the “Escaping the Brave New World” poets Adam Sedia and David Gosselin revisit Aldous Huxley’s famous work, A Brave New World. That we find ourselves in a culture very much like the one found in his dystopian novel is not a contentious argument, and it is one many people would agree with….

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,…

Poe’s Metaphysics: Rediscovering Eureka

By Matthew Ehret What I here propound is true: — therefore it cannot die: — or if by any means it be now trodden down so that it die, it will “rise again to the Life Everlasting. Nevertheless it is as a Poem only that I wish this work to be judged after I am dead.” –Edgar…

The Strange Case and Many Faces of James Burnham

By Cynthia Chung “[James Burnham is] the real intellectual founder of the neoconservative movement and the original proselytizer, in America, of the theory of ‘totalitarianism.’” – Christopher Hitchens, “For the Sake of Argument: Essay and Minority Reports” It is understandably the source of some confusion as to how a former high level Trotskyist became the…

Valediction: An Interview with Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould

A new book has just been published entitled Valediction: Three Nights of Desmond which provides an invaluable dimension to Afghanistan’s story within the context of world history from the first-hand account of the only two American journalists permitted to enter the war-torn nation in 1981 and again in 1983. The two documentaries produced by the…

The U.S. Pivot to Asia: Cold War Lessons From Vietnam for Today

By Cynthia Chung In part one of this series, I discussed how a massive U.S. arms stockpile in Okinawa, Japan that was originally intended to be used for the planned American invasion of Japan was cancelled once the two atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. L. Fletcher Prouty, who served as Chief of Special…

Africa’s Emerging Renaissance: The New Silk Road and Beyond

In this RTF lecture, African affairs expert Lawrence Freeman delivers a comprehensive analysis of Africa’s current struggle to break free of the chains of imperialism and leap into the 21st century. Speaker Bio: Lawrence Freeman is a political-economic analyst for Africa with thirty years of experience on the continent. He is a physical economist who…

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…

RTF Review: Ballet’s Secret Code

By Nicholas Jones Ballet’s secret code is a documentary about the Origins and principles behind Maestro Enrico Cecchetti’s lifetime of work and devotion to the Classical humanist art form: Ballet. Madam Julie Cronshaw takes us through the depths of his character, education and philosophy and his work as a Ballet Master under Diaghilev for the…

Cheikh Anta Diop’s Dream of a United Africa: The Economic Vision for an African New Silk Road

In this Rising Tide Foundation lecture, Nicholas Jones explores the strategic thinking of Africa’s great renaissance philosopher/scientist/statesman Cheikh Anta Diop and his vision for a modern, technologically advanced Africa liberated from the yolk of colonialism. Nicholas additionally lays out various elements of the evolving Belt and Road Initiative on the continent which are bringing Diop’s…

Who Really Runs the Middle East?

By Cynthia Chung This article is a redacted version of an original publication on The Saker. Whose “Arab Awakening”? “The renunciation will not be easy. Jewish hopes have been raised to such a pitch that the non-fulfilment of the Zionist dream of a Jewish state in Palestine will cause intense disillusionment and bitterness. The manifold…

An Electric Challenge to Critics of the USA

It has become common place to look at the western world and see only its blemishes. Obviously, imperial behavior spread over decades of American foreign policy has not helped this problem. While it is of vital importance to acknowledge the ugliness, corruption and malevolent deeds conducted under the banner of “the United States of America”,…

Clash of the Two Americas: Ellen Brown Interviews Matt Ehret

This week, legendary economist and lawyer Ellen Brown (President of the Public Banking Institute) took some time to discuss the new book The Clash of the Two Americas vol. 1: The Unfinished Symphony with Matthew Ehret. This conversation moves through many side topics, from public banking, history, principles of science, creativity and even the fraud of artificial…

Beyond the Lines: Shelley’s “Ozymandias”

By Adam Sedia Percy Bysshe Shelley’s “Ozymandias” is one of his shortest works, but also one of his best known, anthologized to the point of ubiquity. But it deserves every bit of the reputation it has gained. Short, yet powerful and descriptive, it illustrates the sonnet at its best. And it is one of the…

Book Review: Places the Soul Goes by Daniel Leach

By David Gosselin Daniel Leach’s latest collection of poems, Places the Soul Goes, presents the reader with a rich and unique array of places, persons and times, which while perhaps never-before seen or heard of, will appear strangely familiar to the lover of Beauty. The works in this collection are composed in what may be…

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…

Kennedy’s U.S.-Russia Joint Space Vision Must Be Revived

By Matthew Ehret September 20th marks the anniversary of the last speech John F Kennedy delivered to the United Nations’ General Assembly. This event bears more relevance upon our present crisis than most people could possibly imagine. This is true not only because it is wise to pay homage to great ideas of the past which lesser souls…

Horizon 2100 Moscow: Growth Needs of Humanity in the 21st Century and Beyond

On August 24, Matthew Ehret, representing the Rising Tide Foundation and Canadian Patriot Review delivered the following remarks at Moscow’s Horizon 2100 Summit sponsored by the Center for Modelling the Future. The presentation ‘Open vs Closed Systems: Growth Needs of Humanity in the 21st Century and Beyond’ was delivered to dozens of youth from around…

Afghanistan’s Silk Road Heritage and a New Hope for Southwest Asia

By Matthew Ehret Nature deplores a vacuum, and one of the largest vacuums in recent history awaits to be filled as the United States departs from Afghanistan after 20 years, millions of lives lost, and over $2.2 trillion spent to send the once proud pearl on the Ancient Silk Road back to the stone age….

The Eastern Economic Forum Accelerates a Grand Strategy of Win-Win Cooperation

By Matthew Ehret The battle lines for the future of humanity were made explicitly clear during this week’s Eastern Economic Forum held in Vladivostok under the theme of “Opportunities for the Far East in a World Under Transformation”. President Putin set the tone of the event by noting: “The strategic vector for the development of the Far East is towards a new economy,…

Ulysses Grant: America’s Greatest General and Most Underrated President

It is often taken for granted that the United States of America has survived the many existential crises thrown onto its path since 1776. On more than several occasions, the world’s first republican nation state came close to the brink of dissolution and besides our current tumultuous age, no period in history saw that threat…

On Reviving Plato’s and Shelley’s ‘Enthusiasm’

By Gerry Therrien Here is a transcript of Gerry Therrien lecture as the epilogue to the RTF symposium “Rediscovering the Lost Art of Statecraft.” It is a must see/read! At our Wednesday Evening Reading Club, back in February, we read Michael Billington’s article on ‘The Deconstructionist Assault on China’s Cultural Optimism’, and in the article,…

Beyond the Lines: “Longing” in Schiller and Goethe

By David Gosselin Friedrich Schiller and Johan Wolfgang Goethe stand out as two of the greatest poets in history. Both are celebrated as the fathers of German classicism, which they helped usher in with their scholarly collaborators, including the philosopher Johann Gottfried von Herder and the classical philologist Wilhelm von Humboldt. Schiller and Goethe also…

New Silk Road Prepares New Paradigm in Latin America

By Matthew Ehret Over the past three years, over 17 Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) nations have signed onto the new operating framework of the Belt and Road Initiative which extends far beyond the limited China-to-Europe corridor which many presumed it to be when it was announced in 2013. With its focus on long term…

Media Manipulation and the Great Game in Africa

This week, The Rising Tide Foundation’s Nicholas Jones was invited to speak on Ethiopian TV’s Oromia Broadcasting Network in order to share his expertise as an African analyst shedding light on the manipulation of media narratives surrounding the events in Ethiopia and Africa more broadly. Nicholas discusses the value of China’s Belt and Road Initiative…

The Russian-American Paradox (Jeff Steinberg Lecture)

In this Rising Tide Foundation lecture, delivered as part of the symposium “Rediscovering the Lost Art of Statecraft“, renowned historian, author, geopolitical analyst and teacher Jeffrey Steinberg introduces a side to the history of US-Russian relations that you’ve likely never seen before. Professor Steinberg explores this brotherhood of cultures going straight to the war of…

Learning to Think Like Mencius in a Time of Crisis

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 master Socrates (470-399 BCE)…

Beyond the Lines: On Shelley’s “Ode to a Skylark”

By David Gosselin “To a Skylark” is perhaps one of the greatest nests of poetic paradoxes in the history of English poetry. Its language is shaped around the creation of ironical images, starting with the enigmatic “Hail to thee, blithe Spirit/Bird thou never wert!” and proceeding to describe “unpremeditated art,” “a cloud of fire” and…

A New Project is Unveiled! Un nouveau projet est dévoilé!

The Rising Tide Foundation has joined hands with Montreal based artist/astronomer Patrick Cyr to unveil a new project for teaching astronomy, geometry, art and philosophy using a new observatory design premised on the dodecahedral structure. The first prototypical observatory is nearly complete and will be installed on location atop one of the highest hills in…

How China’s Gorbachev Was Flushed in 1989

Today, many citizens across the western world have become highly susceptible to the many narratives that attempt to paint the cause of all of our woes on China. This modern supervillain, we are told, has long plotted to impose its imperial will upon all nations of the world starting with Hong Kong, Taiwan, Tibet and…

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 Trans Geopolitical Roots of Space Exploration

By Matthew Ehret In these days of profound uncertainty, it is comforting knowing that certain fundamental truths still exist and serve as guiding lights through the dark waters. Among the highest of those fundamental truths are those enunciated in 1967 by Reverend Martin Luther King who ruminated over the dangers of imperialism and nuclear war…

Kennedy and the New Frontier

In this Rising Tide Foundation lecture delivered as a sequel to last week’s Franklin Roosevelt’s Republican Grand Design, historian Pascal Chevrier introduces the figure of John F. Kennedy from several valuable frames of reference: His family traditions, his experience in the military during WW2, the geopolitical world in which he lived, his anti-imperial vision and…

Now Available! Clash of the Two Americas vol. 1 (The Unfinished Symphony)

The Rising Tide Foundation is proud to announce that the first volume of “Clash of the Two Americas” is now available for purchase as a Paperback, Kindle and PDF under the theme “The Unfinished Symphony”. In order to whet your appetite, I include here the introduction of the new book which also features a summary of each…

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…

Leibniz: Scientist, Sinophile and Bridge Between East and West

By Matthew Ehret Many people would be surprised to discover that Gottfried Leibniz (1646-1716), a German polymath and logician best known for his discovery of Calculus, was one of the most important sinophiles of the 17th century, whose writings were instrumental in bringing the idea of Chinese culture and civilization to Europe. Leibniz recognized the value…