Creative Capital

Abbott Sekaquaptewa: The Man Who Asked for Help

by Greg Curtis
One day, innocently sitting at my desk and annoying no one, I opened a long letter from a guy named Abbott Sekaquaptewa, who seemed to be the Chairman of the Hopi Indian Tribe (as they were known in those days).

Responsible Investing Without the Hype: The Conclusion

by Greg Curtis
We’ll finish up our examination of some of the challenges associated with responsible investing by looking at a few random issues.

Philosophical Issues Bedeviling Responsible Investing

by Greg Curtis
We’ve reviewed many potential pitfalls that bedevil responsible investing, but now let’s turn to some of the more philosophical issues in the space.

Traps Awaiting Unsuspecting RI Investors

by Greg Curtis
Last week, we noted the tendency of the financial industry to take advantage of investors, including responsible investing (RI) investors. We also observed how this led to the epidemic of greenwashing: recharacterizing rather ordinary investments as RI investments. This week we’ll move beyond the greenwashing problem and look at other…

Responsible Investing Without the Hype

by Greg Curtis
ESG offers the chance of a fantastic rebranding for an unpopular [financial] industry, an excuse to crunch a lot of data and then charge for it, a great opportunity to bid for the huge pools of money held on behalf of public sector workers and charitable organizations … and most…

Reeling in the Big One

by Greg Curtis
AONE made a grandiloquent gesture with his arm, saying, “These are all my paintings.” They were hung around the four walls of the giant loft and it looked to me like there might be a thousand of them.

A Tale of Two Lofts

by Greg Curtis
The Exotic Eastern European Film Director (EEEFD) and I climbed out of our cab and rang the bell at the studio of the Internationally Famous Artist (IFA).

AONE and Me

by Greg Curtis
“Could it be our boy’s done something rash?” —Bertholt Brecht, “Die Moritat von Mackie Messer,” or “Mack the Knife,” translated and sanitized by Marc Blitzstein, with thanks to Bobby Darin

A New Taiwan Policy

by Greg Curtis
The final leg in our Cold War II stool is the containment of China diplomatically. To make the point that China no longer has a free pass, the first step in the West’s diplomatic offensive needs to be focused on Taiwan. Assuming that the West’s military containment of China has…

The Perils Facing China

by Greg Curtis
As global trade retreats and is replaced by regional trading blocs, power will flow to those countries that are most self-​reliant.

China is Destined to Fall Behind

by Greg Curtis
Whatever happens with my proposal that the West launch Cold War II, the next three decades will be far less friendly to the Chinese economy than the past three decades have been. There are three reasons for this.

Containing China Economically

by Greg Curtis
Assuming that we can summon the courage to contain Beijing militarily, the next leg of the containment stool is to restrain China economically. Military containment will prevent China from overrunning other lands and peoples, but only economic containment can bring the Chinese Communist Party to its knees (or its senses).

U.S & China: Setting the Record Straight

by Greg Curtis
In April of 2017, as Donald Trump and Xi Jinping were preparing to meet, a group of academics, policy wonks and former diplomats took out a full-​page ad in the New York Times. The wonks warned the U.S. against falling into the “Thucydides Trap.”

Why China Is Ready to Fall Apart

by Greg Curtis
In the 1980s, almost four decades into Cold War I, President Reagan dramatically ratcheted up the pressure on the Soviet Union by expanding and modernizing the U.S. military and launching his famous “Star Wars” (Strategic Defense) Initiative.

The Trouble with China

by Greg Curtis
Virtually every American policymaker believed that the collapse of the USSR marked “the end of history.” Ever since the dawn of human civilization, hostile societies had vied for supremacy, resulting in war after war.
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