Happy Birthday, Archive!

Twelve months ago I began this blog.

A month earlier I had attempted to begin blogging but found the host I had chosen to be fairly unfriendly. Then I found WordPress.

Easy to use, full of innovation and with wonderful people behind the scenes, the WordPress community is fun.

But I was a bit of a pontificator back then. Here is my first post from twelve months ago. A pity I mis-spelled “10” as “50”.


Within 50 years China will be the world’s number one super power!

It is an historical imperative.

Since the beginning of civilisation the seat of power, which began in the middle east, has progressively moved westwards. Now that it has reached North America there is only one realistic place for it to go.

China has the numbers, the size (unlike Japan) and most of the resources it needs. It also has a strong government which can control the masses. Its major competitor for the role of super power will be India.

Is China behind a lot of the troubles in the world? I don’t know, but China has a long history of war, and of defeating the victors over the space of two or three generations. China has had the “Art of War” for many centuries as a blueprint for victory. Sun Tzu asks seven questions about two opponents and on the basis of the answers he claims to be able to pick a victor. Once the questions are asked, then the victor becomes obvious to all. Here are those questions;

(1) Which of the two sovereigns is imbued with the Moral law?

(2) Which of the two generals has most ability?

(3) With whom lie the advantages derived from Heaven and Earth?

(4) On which side is discipline most rigorously enforced?

(5) Which army is stronger?

(6) On which side are officers and men more highly trained?

(7) In which army is there the greater constancy both in reward and punishment?

As to the question of whether there is a war being waged at the moment, look at which nation blocks most of the peacemaking proposals put forward by the UN or by the US. Yes, it is China.

Of course, while we may worry about the rise of China, it is also worth remembering the other historical imperative.


Look on my works, ye mighty – – –

The life of an empire has been becoming progressively shorter!

9 responses to “Happy Birthday, Archive!

  1. Happy Birthday Archie – keep the good work up. Enjoy the varied and often irreverant and slightly controversial musings of a curmudgeon.


  2. Happy Blog Birthday! The first of many, I hope…


  3. bullfrog, I thank you for those kind words – although I think you mis-spelled “Irrelevant” 🙂

    az, thanks. I hope it is the first of a few, at least.


  4. I see sinister signs here. It is the birthday of both the Marchioness of Ol’ Squidface and the Archive?

    What dark stars were dragged from their orbits and pressed into the firmament to herald this hour?

    Ayah, ayah, Aerchie Fnord!


  5. Alas, we are beset by fnords. All hail Eris, lest the eschaton be immanentized.
    The Marchioness, Her Ladyship, Ol’ Squidface is best kept pickled in Juniper Juice. Although sightings have been made in Tasmania.


  6. Harry Blogiversary, Archie!

    The world always seems a better place after I’ve reviewed the Archive.


  7. Mike, thanks for the good wishes. And for those special words as well. They are really appreciated.


  8. Happy belated blogiversary!


  9. Rain, thank you for that. And (in a moment of unnecessary seriousness) thanks for your help to an iggerant beginner.

    Ok, everyone back to their Stoli. Cthulhu Rises!


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