12/30 reads

How The Apprentice made Donald Trump president. – I’ve made this point in a few web articles, TV appearances, and my 2015 book on Trump. A fascinating, frustrating read that nicely sums up the state of politics today.

Apple’s China problem To understand this week’s big Apple stock news, you should start with this old Stratechery article. That nails how such a market could just drop by this much (and why that isn’t likely, yet, for the US). Not covered, but also interesting, are the implications for global firms of dependency on China given power concentration and their willingness to deploy all available tools to achieve means.

Trump’s war approach is not bad? Taibbi is an old favorite of mine and here he’s the rare voice to support Trump’s sudden “plan” to withdraw troops from the middle east. I find much to agree with here, but of course, the erratic and callous nature of Trump’s manner, sucks.

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