Nov 192014

Robert D. Kaplan makes very substantial sense in this piece.  Kaplan is Chief Geopolitical Analyst at Stratfor, an intelligence outfit in Austin, Texas.  I recommend them if you’re interested in global geopolitics.

The Realist’s Creed is:

  • Order comes before freedom.
  • Work with the material at hand.
  • Think tragically in order to avoid tragedy.
  • Every problem does not have a solution.
  • Interests come before values.
  • American power is limited.
  • Passion and good policy often don’t go together.

I recommend this article to everyone, but particularly to those of a Progressive political orientation, whose only morality is compassion.  The article demonstrates how this does not work in the real world.  Idealism has its place but does not survive contact with reality.

The link above leads to a page asking for your email address before granting access to the article.  If you don’t want to give your email address, let me know and we’ll figure out how you can see the article.

Nov 182014

Fred Wilson is Managing Partner at Union Square Ventures in New York City.  At last year’s LeWeb Conference in Paris, he spoke for 32 minutes on three developing global technosocial trends.  His company uses this trend framework to decide where to invest, specifically in Internet application-layer companies.  I would put money into his outfit if I could!  His talk is well worth your time and attention.  The talk was recommended by Kevin Kelly, founding executive editor of Wired, on Google+.

Nov 112014

Dear Family and Friends

John Tracy’s Tracings is in much better shape than when I announced it last month.  It includes not only our family history, but also my blog, and will eventually other pages such as favorite links.  Please join me at

The blog will feature a wide variety of subjects of interest to me, and I hope to you also.  Family history will figure prominently.

Please note that the site has two different logins, one for commenting on the blog and another for seeing some of the family history.

You will arrive first at the WordPress blog page.  Register here to comment on my blog posts, but not to see the family history.

Click on the “Family History” tab, and you will arrive at the Welcome page.  Register here (1) If you’re a relative, to see information about living relatives, or (2) If you’re LDS, to see ordinance information.

You can, of course, register for both the blog comments and for seeing the hidden parts of the family history.

The Family History part of the site right now has 1,038 people.  Now that the site as a whole is in pretty good shape, I will be going through these people one family at a time, cleaning up the records, and adding citations, documents, photos, and so on.

Please let me know what you think!  Suggestions and additions welcome!

Thanks and regards