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I think that investors loose interest in stocks when they aren't going up; although a deluge of bad press about a particular stock or category of stocks gets our attention too.

What astounds me is the seeming lack of interest/attention by American Investors in the unfolding Economic Crisis in Western Europe - unfolding for at least 2 years - but now at a breath-taking edge of catastrophe.

I have been thinking for some time about the possible consequences of populist uprising, political instability, and the rise of demagogues and militarists in a fraught Europe, a never stable Africa holding vast resources, opportunistic Jihadists, a nuclear enabled Iran, and a rich China with almost unquenchable needs and a Totalitarian Government.

Today I read a recent article in The Economist that raises the same question that I have been trying to understand myself, as I revisit the past of schooling that was inadequate ... 'How did World War I come about?'.

In the face of the Brinksmanship of some of Europe's Leaders, the profound disregard for the imperatives of viable economic systems, I feel an urgency to understand the past. What part chance, what part device ? How fragile the ties ? What unintended ?

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