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Michele Wucker
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Author of THE GRAY RHINO, thought leader, analyst, policy not-so-wonk, finance geek
Author of THE GRAY RHINO, thought leader, analyst, policy not-so-wonk, finance geek

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People are embracing the gray rhino concept and applying it to their work, to their personal lives, and to the policy challenges facing their communities and the planet

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Fascinating tidbit of history

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Interest insights on a new trend: reader driven publishins

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What does it take for you to make the changes you know you need to do?

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One of our most popular posts of the past week: How many have you read?

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What will keep investors and policy makers up at night in 2017?

For the second year in a row, I’ve sorted through lists of predictions and top geo-political and geo-economic “gray rhino” risks: the highly obvious, probable threats that may or may not be getting the attention and responses they need to be averted. More often, the answer is “not.”

With the European Union dropping to third place and the United States taking the top spot, China has risen to second place. Technology –including both cyber attacks and the economic and political fallout of automation and artificial intelligence on jobs- has bumped the Middle East off of the top five list. Market shocks have fallen to fifth.

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This gets so weird, so fast, that it's hard to know how to describe it. It's about Michael Anton, now a senior member of the National Security Council, and the essays he wrote under the pseudonym "Publius Decius Mus" during the election, which are a combination of an argument for racism, a rather bizarre comparison of a Trump presidency to a cross between United Flight 93 and Russian roulette (this is an argument for Trump, mind you) and a great deal of old Nazi propaganda.

In particular, it's propaganda written by Carl Schmitt, one of the major intellectual backers of Nazism, known for really laying out a lot of the principles of National Socialism. Or as William Kristol put it in his tweet, when Publius was revealed to be Anton: "From Carl Schmitt to Mike Anton: First time tragedy, second time farce." (https://twitter.com/BillKristol/status/827560738109718528)

(Incidentally, we're starting to see some interesting stories about (Trump's senior adviser and author of the Muslim Ban) Stephen Miller's history of writing on racial topics dribbling out as well -- expect to see a bigger story on that hit in the next few days, as journalists have been digging in to his past and apparently finding a really interesting corpus.)
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