The MasterFeeds: September 2015

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September 30, 2015

#Google acquires #Jibe Mobile to help implement the #RCS carrier messaging standard in Android #M... http://t.co/6CljkXrtxA #MasterFeeds


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September 30, 2015 at 11:07PM
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#Google acquires #Jibe Mobile to help implement the #RCS carrier messaging standard in Android #MasterTech #feedly http://t.co/5cHb5roLE6


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September 30, 2015 at 10:42PM
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MasterTech from The MasterFeeds is out! http://t.co/NEV7rIkVNg Stories via @getTurnstyle


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September 30, 2015 at 08:46PM
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The MasterFeeds Daily is out! http://t.co/wxXlxzkiDe Stories via @McKinseyChina @JMDavido @jammastergirish


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September 30, 2015 at 11:18AM
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September 29, 2015

MasterTech from The MasterFeeds is out! http://t.co/dHLbiufFpd


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September 29, 2015 at 08:46PM
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Edward @Snowden is on Twitter ! https://t.co/NekjuOrzC3: Edward @Snowden is on Twitter ! https://... http://t.co/jA7cc0BXaG #MasterFeeds


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September 29, 2015 at 07:35PM
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I like it how Edward @Snowden only follows one person on @twitter, @NSAGov ... : I like it how E... http://t.co/ytNU5ZFHVG #MasterFeeds


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September 29, 2015 at 07:35PM
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Edward @Snowden is on Twitter ! https://t.co/NekjuOrzC3


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September 29, 2015 at 07:09PM
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I like it how Edward @Snowden only follows one person on @twitter, @NSAGov ... 😏


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September 29, 2015 at 07:07PM
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Today's Religious Zionism is a product of all-Israeli process in which the Zionist left lost the collective @ynetnews http://t.co/Yg5ApnQ4sL


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September 29, 2015 at 03:38PM
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The MasterFeeds Daily is out! http://t.co/0KE7JxJOMo Stories via @LahavHarkov @ReportUK


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September 29, 2015 at 11:19AM
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Oversold levels may be signaling a Buy Signal - @ShortSideofLong https://t.co/zYTRpjQ8d3


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September 29, 2015 at 10:27AM
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Sounds great for #productivity... @WSJ https://t.co/r24RXRqaMd


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September 29, 2015 at 10:02AM
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Tu casa es mi casa #Hispanic States of America @TheEconomist http://t.co/0wwVbRcNyb http://t.co/9VvBhAKlhR


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September 29, 2015 at 09:59AM
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September 28, 2015

MasterTech from The MasterFeeds is out! http://t.co/BnR8qkPqm0 Stories via @whitehouseostp


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September 28, 2015 at 08:47PM
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HongKong is like New York [City] on steroids" in terms of speed of doing business and the entrepreneurial spirit of its citizens @FinTechHK


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September 28, 2015 at 06:17PM
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#VC: #women responsible for #Harvard's lead over #Stanford in fundraising for #startups https://t.co/i16HpsTPOn #MasterTech @PoetsAndQuants


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September 28, 2015 at 06:08PM
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#Fintech comes to #HongKong https://t.co/vsz3jidc7S #MasterTech @trove


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September 28, 2015 at 06:02PM
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Listening to #China's #XiJinping @un #GeneralAssembly you'd think he's the leader of an enlightened democracy!! #emptyspeeches #UNGA


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September 28, 2015 at 05:49PM
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#VW spent $77bn this year promoting its #diesel cars - almost 45% of its total for television ad spending http://t.co/FY06omDZJC


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September 28, 2015 at 12:33PM
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40% of #VW's asset base is in its financing arm, which lends to finance its cars; borrowing that money$ in the ST markets. #DejaVu? #GMAC


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September 28, 2015 at 11:27AM
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The MasterFeeds Daily is out! http://t.co/R6naMhTS5c Stories via @jammastergirish @PangeaFeeds


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September 28, 2015 at 11:18AM
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A little late I'd guess, now that #Russia is already in #Syria https://t.co/KDctJm0HOO


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September 28, 2015 at 10:16AM
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September 27, 2015

#VW staff, supplier #Bosch warned of emissions test cheating years ago; while #Winterkorn demands his salary @Reuters http://t.co/7fwWmeQibj


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September 27, 2015 at 11:51PM
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'I despised myself for hating Israel' - News http://t.co/N9cywYCAga via @nuzzel thanks @GatestoneInst


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September 27, 2015 at 11:43PM
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MasterTech from The MasterFeeds is out! http://t.co/fEVHFaP33N


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September 27, 2015 at 08:46PM
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Here we go again... #UBS #Tax this time it's the #Netherlands https://t.co/I1JT7ubmsS


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September 27, 2015 at 06:31PM
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Everything you wanted to know about #Startups in #Geneva #Switzerland https://t.co/XzfXJLCEys


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September 27, 2015 at 06:29PM
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If you're like #WTF, then maybe it's one: We've Got This Whole #Unicorn Thing All Wrong! - What's The Future of Work? http://t.co/WX6yXVTn7n


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September 27, 2015 at 05:36PM
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The MasterFeeds Daily is out! http://t.co/8jqRbw1aWC


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September 27, 2015 at 11:18AM
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very cool @craigmod: #Muji's $150k wooden #house: http://t.co/IHUfS8ZHSz… http://t.co/HcEtonv9i1:... http://t.co/5iyKXqIKTR #MasterFeeds


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September 27, 2015 at 10:33AM
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Excellent and thoughtful piece #SaturdayEssay The #MiddleClass Squeeze http://t.co/yGbKJfrWvf via @nuzzel thanks @WSJLife


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September 27, 2015 at 10:33AM
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very cool @craigmod: #Muji's $150k wooden #house: http://t.co/IHUfS8ZHSz… http://t.co/HcEtonv9i1


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September 27, 2015 at 10:05AM
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September 26, 2015

#CarlyFiorina Really Was That Bad- and worst. Shareholders @HP lost 52%, while she made $120MM ht... http://t.co/4DOLBWTkOx #MasterFeeds


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September 26, 2015 at 11:56PM
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Wait, what? #Mobile browser traffic is 2X bigger than #app traffic, and growing faster @VentureBeat http://t.co/4Q1rmaf55m by @johnkoetsier


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September 26, 2015 at 11:54PM
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#StayRelevant To Get a Job in Your 50s, Maintain Friendships in Your 40s http://t.co/OwkBTaHSPC via @nuzzel


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September 26, 2015 at 11:51PM
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#CarlyFiorina Really Was That Bad- and worst. Shareholders @HP lost 52%, while she made $120MM http://t.co/fsF3lzpPMb thanks @SteveRattner


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September 26, 2015 at 11:41PM
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September 26, 2015 at 09:14PM
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MasterTech from The MasterFeeds is out! http://t.co/caZ3dFE91j


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September 26, 2015 at 08:46PM
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Basic Mistakes Every #Entrepreneur Makes https://t.co/VFiFPFKEkp @JAltucher


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September 26, 2015 at 12:23PM
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The MasterFeeds Daily is out! http://t.co/xrHVk5GEV8 Stories via @Billbrowder @MasterMetals: The ... http://t.co/IW7iY7LGee #MasterFeeds


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September 26, 2015 at 11:54AM
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The MasterFeeds Daily is out! http://t.co/xrHVk5GEV8 Stories via @Billbrowder @MasterMetals


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September 26, 2015 at 11:19AM
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September 25, 2015

$NKE $UA $FL https://t.co/MKfTUrA65V


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September 25, 2015 at 09:31PM
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MasterTech from The MasterFeeds is out! http://t.co/FZG02rKqBM Stories via @getTurnstyle: MasterT... http://t.co/O2ObQYALBY #MasterFeeds


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September 25, 2015 at 09:01PM
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MasterTech from The MasterFeeds is out! http://t.co/FZG02rKqBM Stories via @getTurnstyle


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September 25, 2015 at 08:46PM
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Hahaha "reasoning and confusion go together" @TheTweetOfGod https://t.co/w57FK2rP4S: Hahaha "reas... http://t.co/PLQOx69Oj0 #MasterFeeds


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September 25, 2015 at 06:20PM
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Hahaha "reasoning and confusion go together" @TheTweetOfGod https://t.co/w57FK2rP4S


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September 25, 2015 at 06:03PM
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Are #Glencore's fortunes affecting #Zug? Looks like it, #tax rates may be going up! https://t.co/ELDRtn66qX


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September 25, 2015 at 12:35PM
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#saudade is how they describe that kind of nostalgia in #Brazil,back when the 21st Century was go... http://t.co/sJfx4YMFJT #MasterFeeds


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September 25, 2015 at 12:18PM
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The #Saudi fox guarding the #UNHRC chicken coop @UNWatch @HillelNeuer @unhrcpr https://t.co/sq... http://t.co/ak9YPZpyfo #MasterFeeds


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September 25, 2015 at 12:18PM
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The MasterFeeds Daily is out! http://t.co/dTFA6VKXMq Stories via @klustout: The MasterFeeds Daily... http://t.co/QtaOT48U62 #MasterFeeds


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September 25, 2015 at 12:18PM
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#saudade is how they describe that kind of nostalgia in #Brazil,back when the 21st Century was going to be Brazilian https://t.co/lrP9XZK53F


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September 25, 2015 at 11:56AM
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The #Saudi fox guarding the #UNHRC chicken coop @UNWatch @HillelNeuer @unhrcpr https://t.co/sqHNNtCruQ


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September 25, 2015 at 11:26AM
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The MasterFeeds Daily is out! http://t.co/dTFA6VKXMq Stories via @klustout


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September 25, 2015 at 11:18AM
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#wtf of the day https://t.co/cuNOpzTPrm: #wtf of the day http://ift.tt/1KTJDgJ MasterFeeds (@M... http://t.co/EgBscBA0DX #MasterFeeds


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September 25, 2015 at 10:14AM
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#Israel wants to be the next financial center. #Fintech is the way: Looking to harness both its t... http://t.co/9yInGQQW5R #MasterFeeds


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September 25, 2015 at 10:14AM
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#wtf of the day https://t.co/cuNOpzTPrm


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September 25, 2015 at 09:48AM
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#Israel wants to be the next financial center. #Fintech is the way: Looking to harness both its te... http://t.co/axEa7ubYOH #MasterBlog


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September 25, 2015 at 09:42AM
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September 24, 2015

MasterTech from The MasterFeeds is out! http://t.co/3spkjMT06i: MasterTech from The MasterFeeds i... http://t.co/Nx3JTJWNns #MasterFeeds


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September 24, 2015 at 09:02PM
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MasterTech from The MasterFeeds is out! http://t.co/3spkjMT06i


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September 24, 2015 at 08:47PM
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This is just Beginning #Audi, #Porsche R&D chiefs, #VW US CEO to quit: @Reuters http://t.co/K... http://t.co/ukpfhTsXMP #MasterFeeds


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September 24, 2015 at 03:13PM
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This is just Beginning #Audi, #Porsche R&D chiefs, #VW US CEO to quit: @Reuters http://t.co/K0CQqhoAk3


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September 24, 2015 at 02:38PM
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"Perseverance eventually brings rewards" #Mexico and the reality of #EconomicDevelopment @TheEcon... http://t.co/mRc2Ggde2l #MasterFeeds


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September 24, 2015 at 12:00PM
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The MasterFeeds Daily is out! http://t.co/5ySALjVyxT: The MasterFeeds Daily is out! http:... http://t.co/pHQxAz70zQ #MasterFeeds


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September 24, 2015 at 12:00PM
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"Perseverance eventually brings rewards" #Mexico and the reality of #EconomicDevelopment @TheEconomist http://t.co/1B4q8ppZVP


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September 24, 2015 at 11:29AM
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The MasterFeeds Daily is out! http://t.co/5ySALjVyxT


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September 24, 2015 at 11:18AM
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#NOK knock knocking on hell's door https://t.co/sl1yqDQuWM: #NOK knock knocking on hell's door ht... http://t.co/RJGuIWQudA #MasterFeeds


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September 24, 2015 at 10:56AM
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#360Video comes to @facebook. #StarWars #TheForceAwakens gets first licks. #MasterTech http://t.c... http://t.co/zokgSWqJ4F #MasterFeeds


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September 24, 2015 at 10:56AM
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#FARC & #Colombia sign terms for #peace deal http://t.co/QGyqUmgNhr: #FARC & #Colombia sign terms... http://t.co/M3CTY0gmCB #MasterFeeds


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September 24, 2015 at 10:56AM
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#NOK knock knocking on hell's door https://t.co/sl1yqDQuWM


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September 24, 2015 at 10:42AM
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#360Video comes to @facebook. #StarWars #TheForceAwakens gets first licks. #MasterTech http://t.co/xfjy8KXjK1


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September 24, 2015 at 10:37AM
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#FARC & #Colombia sign terms for #peace deal http://t.co/QGyqUmgNhr


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September 24, 2015 at 10:27AM
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A la #dinkins @BilldeBlasio @Scaramucci #NYC https://t.co/MBORqnXz6H


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September 24, 2015 at 10:17AM
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Maybe this will help... $INTC in $AAPL https://t.co/XRhJnOhLiy: Maybe this will help... $INTC in ... http://t.co/6JV1db0Fbn #MasterFeeds


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September 24, 2015 at 12:11AM
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Maybe this will help... $INTC in $AAPL https://t.co/XRhJnOhLiy


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September 24, 2015 at 12:06AM
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September 23, 2015

MasterTech from The MasterFeeds is out! http://t.co/7zfQ2agofi: MasterTech from The MasterFeeds i... http://t.co/6AcPDtLjkK #MasterFeeds


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September 23, 2015 at 08:58PM
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MasterTech from The MasterFeeds is out! http://t.co/7zfQ2agofi


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September 23, 2015 at 08:47PM
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The MasterFeeds Daily is out! http://t.co/8XrY5tEUbr: The MasterFeeds Daily is out! http:... http://t.co/07Ak10ch1g #MasterFeeds


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September 23, 2015 at 11:47AM
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The MasterFeeds Daily is out! http://t.co/8XrY5tEUbr


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September 23, 2015 at 11:18AM
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September 22, 2015

MasterTech from The MasterFeeds is out! http://t.co/o1GotVKnOa


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September 22, 2015 at 08:46PM
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Check out my #Finance picks on @trove: http://t.co/So7YWTbIiE: Check out my #Finance picks on @tr... http://t.co/2l96s21sYy #MasterFeeds


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September 22, 2015 at 06:30PM
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Check out my #Finance picks on @trove: http://t.co/So7YWTbIiE


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September 22, 2015 at 06:04PM
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Banks & brokers worldwide will spend $3.4bn on research analysts in 2017, down by more than 50% f... http://t.co/ZwctZKP7Fx #MasterFeeds


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September 22, 2015 at 03:52PM
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Banks & brokers worldwide will spend $3.4bn on research analysts in 2017, down by more than 50% from $8.2bn in 2008 https://t.co/3Vuipw6ko8


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September 22, 2015 at 03:11PM
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Does it come with that super #VW #algorithm? https://t.co/j1xNHG9Bzx


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September 22, 2015 at 03:02PM
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That's where I put it!!! https://t.co/ngfBnNdvvf


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September 22, 2015 at 03:01PM
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How low can it go? #VW https://t.co/jaCobMo6xp: How low can it go? #VW http://ift.tt/1FrmuBU M... http://t.co/kkGrtxkQx1 #MasterFeeds


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September 22, 2015 at 02:46PM
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Lloyd #Blankfein of @GoldmanSachs announces he has #lymphoma, will undergo chemo in coming weeks.... http://t.co/GjxI7k3Phc #MasterFeeds


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September 22, 2015 at 02:46PM
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"Good things come to people who wait, but better things come to those who go out and get them." –... http://t.co/NlQTi30vUg #MasterFeeds


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September 22, 2015 at 02:46PM
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Does this mean #diesel is a #scam? #VW https://t.co/pqY7Yf3KDq


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September 22, 2015 at 02:45PM
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How low can it go? #VW https://t.co/jaCobMo6xp


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September 22, 2015 at 02:18PM
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Lloyd #Blankfein of @GoldmanSachs announces he has #lymphoma, will undergo chemo in coming weeks. #GetWellSoon https://t.co/oSCxnbvOQL


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September 22, 2015 at 02:13PM
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"Good things come to people who wait, but better things come to those who go out and get them." –Anonymous. Sounds right. #QOTD


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September 22, 2015 at 02:09PM
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September 22, 2015 at 11:29AM
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September 22, 2015 at 11:18AM
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I guess this is how the @unhrcpr shows its support for #RaifBadawi & #humanrights #SaudiArabia @U... http://t.co/kpry0ChrI8 #MasterFeeds


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September 22, 2015 at 10:03AM
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"According to some"? You mean anyone with morals and ethics, not like the @unhrcpr Shameless @UNW... http://t.co/ZEvtTofSq9 #MasterFeeds


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September 22, 2015 at 10:03AM
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I guess this is how the @unhrcpr shows its support for #RaifBadawi & #humanrights #SaudiArabia @UNWatch @UN_Women https://t.co/1nipYKaBWC


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September 22, 2015 at 09:43AM
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"According to some"? You mean anyone with morals and ethics, not like the @unhrcpr Shameless @UNWatch https://t.co/ZLjO0ORuIP


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September 22, 2015 at 09:35AM
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September 21, 2015

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September 21, 2015 at 09:03PM
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September 21, 2015 at 08:47PM
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September 21, 2015 at 11:18AM
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The @bbc needs no help in weakening itself... It already does it great all alone... #dimbleby @gu... http://t.co/j63dqMRbnQ #MasterFeeds


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September 21, 2015 at 11:03AM
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The @bbc needs no help in weakening itself... It already does it great all alone... #dimbleby @guardian https://t.co/Y8Nem7YIbB


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September 21, 2015 at 10:36AM
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Light at the end of the tunnel for #Greece ? Looks like money is coming back after months of bill... http://t.co/tJk9FHMMtV #MasterFeeds


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September 21, 2015 at 09:59AM
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Light at the end of the tunnel for #Greece ? Looks like money is coming back after months of billion euro outflows https://t.co/UQxv1ke1rw


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September 21, 2015 at 09:53AM
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September 20, 2015

These kids got it! #beanstocks https://t.co/Q8Pois6pGR: These kids got it! #beanstocks https://t.... http://t.co/FuWnZ6Mg3e #MasterFeeds


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September 20, 2015 at 10:37PM
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These kids got it! #beanstocks https://t.co/Q8Pois6pGR


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September 20, 2015 at 09:54PM
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September 20, 2015 at 08:46PM
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September 20, 2015 at 08:27PM
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September 20, 2015 at 07:23PM
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September 20, 2015 at 11:43AM
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September 20, 2015 at 11:18AM
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No shame @HillelNeuer #SaudiArabia again elected to chair key UN #HumanRights Council panel http:... http://t.co/Qk9WSBZ60z #MasterFeeds


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September 20, 2015 at 10:36AM
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No shame @HillelNeuer #SaudiArabia again elected to chair key UN #HumanRights Council panel http://t.co/EnErqXKHnn… http://t.co/RbEc4BDbEP


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September 20, 2015 at 10:04AM
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September 19, 2015

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An excellent piece by Niall Ferguson on a side of Kissinger many people either do not know or have forgotten.

Kissinger the Freedom Fighter

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Illustration: Thomas Fuchs
By
Niall Ferguson

Surely no statesman in modern times, and certainly no American secretary of state, has been as revered and then as reviled as Henry Kissinger.
At the height of his fame, Kissinger appeared as a cartoon "Super K" on the cover of Newsweek, complete with tights and cape. Time magazine called him "the world's indispensable man." In 1974, his approval rating, according to the regular Harris survey, was an astounding 85%.
Since then, however, heaping opprobrium on Kissinger has become a thriving industry. The Nation magazine once caricatured him under a stars-and-stripes bedcover, gleefully ravishing a naked female whose head was the globe. The late Christopher Hitchens went further, accusing him of "war crimes and crimes against humanity." Protest groups like Code Pink never tire of repeating such charges, most recently by disrupting a January hearing of the Senate Armed Forces Committee at which Kissinger was testifying.
The vitriol of the left is at first sight puzzling, especially when one considers how many of Kissinger's initiatives were denounced by conservative critics at the time as too accommodating of America's communist enemies. In his time as national security adviser, he played a key role in negotiating the first Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty and the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty with the Soviet Union. It was Kissinger who, with Zhou Enlai, opened diplomatic communications between the U.S. and the People's Republic of China. It was Kissinger who extricated the U.S. from the Vietnam War. And it was Kissinger who pressed for the end of white rule in Rhodesia.
Critics of every stripe tend to agree that Kissinger took foreign-policy realism too far. According to authors Marvin and Bernard Kalb, writing in the mid-1970s, he pursued "a global realpolitik that placed a higher priority on pragmatism than on morality." His former Harvard colleague, the late Stanley Hoffmann, called Kissinger a Machiavellian who believed that "the preservation of the state…requires both ruthlessness and deceit at the expense of foreign and internal adversaries." Even a relatively sympathetic writer, Walter Isaacson, concluded in his 2005 biography that "power-oriented realpolitik and secretive diplomatic maneuvering…were the basis of [Kissinger's] policies."
This view of Kissinger is in urgent need of revision. When one actually reads what he wrote, especially in the years before his rise to international prominence, it is astounding how little one finds of the Machiavellian realist. At least in the first half of his career, Henry Kissinger was an idealist.
To be sure, Kissinger was not an idealist in the sense often used to characterize that tradition in U.S. foreign policy, dating back to Woodrow Wilson, which emphasizes the subordination of the "might" of states to supranational laws, courts and assemblies. Rather, I am using the term "idealism" in its philosophical sense—a doctrine that elevates thought and perception above supposedly objective realities.
Idealism stands in opposition to philosophies that see human actions and events as determined by factors beyond our control, such as laws of history or economic development. Kissinger rejected the idea that such "necessity" was the crucial element in human affairs. He exalted the role of human freedom, choice and agency in shaping the world.
His unpublished senior thesis at Harvard, "The Meaning of History," was an admiring critique of Immanuel Kant's philosophy of history. Kissinger's central argument was that freedom is "an inner experience of life as a process of deciding meaningful alternatives." "Perpetual peace" might indeed be the ultimate goal of history, as Kant famously argued, but from the point of view of the individual, there was nothing inevitable about that outcome. "Whatever one's conception about the necessity of events, [and]…however we may explain actions in retrospect, their accomplishment occurred with the inner conviction of choice."
From this point on, Kissinger was consistent in rejecting the idea that politics, especially international politics, was simply a matter of feeding data into some kind of social-scientific calculating machine. This applied especially to the place of economics in the contest between the West and the communist bloc.
Kissinger rejected the economic determinism of Marxism-Leninism, which saw all human affairs as rigidly driven by class struggle, but he was also critical of those who thought that the West's superiority was just a matter of higher productivity. It was dangerous, he argued in his senior thesis, to allow "an argument about democracy [to] become a discussion of the efficiency of economic systems." By contrast, the "inward intuition of freedom…would reject totalitarianism even if it were economically more efficient." To the idealist, the contest with the Soviet Union had to be about more than relative growth rates.

President Lyndon Johnson hosts Henry Kissinger at the White House days after the 45-year-old Harvard professor was tapped by President-elect Richard Nixon as his national security adviser, Washington, Dec. 5, 1968. At left is the outgoing national security adviser, Walt Rostow. ENLARGE
President Lyndon Johnson hosts Henry Kissinger at the White House days after the 45-year-old Harvard professor was tapped by President-elect Richard Nixon as his national security adviser, Washington, Dec. 5, 1968. At left is the outgoing national security adviser, Walt Rostow. Photo: Associated Press

Why, if it was an economic contest, did the Cold War prove so hard for the much richer United States to win? To that question, Kissinger was able to offer a compelling answer. Quite simply, it wasn't about economics. It wasn't even about nuclear stockpiles, much less tank divisions. It was primarily about freedom.
In a remarkable interview with ABC's Mike Wallace in July 1958, the young Kissinger made the startling argument that the U.S. was being insufficiently idealistic in its Cold War strategy. Asked by Wallace if he thought the U.S. could exist "in a completely socialist revolutionary world," Kissinger replied:
"You could well argue that a capitalist society or, what is more interesting to me, a free society, is a more revolutionary phenomenon than 19th-century socialism, and this illustrates precisely one of our problems. I think we should go on the spiritual offensive in the world. We should identify ourselves with the revolution. We should say that freedom, if it is liberated, can achieve many of these things.…Even when we have engaged in constructive steps…we have always justified them on the basis of a communist threat, very rarely on the basis of things we wanted to do because of our intrinsic dynamism."
The U.S., he continued, should say more than, "We must keep Latin America from going communist." Its message to the southern hemisphere should be, "These are things we want to do because of the values we stand for."
On the central Cold War question of Germany, too, Kissinger was an idealist, insisting on the principle of self-determination and opposing a permanent division of the country. He was dismayed when, to end the Berlin crisis of 1961, President John F. Kennedy pragmatically concluded, "A wall is a hell of a lot better than a war."
While at the highest level the Cold War was a nuclear-armed standoff—not least when the superpowers were eyeball to eyeball in Germany—it was also a succession of hot conventional wars in what came to be known as the Third World: the new nations emerging as the old European empires crumbled. To the leaders of anticolonial movements, communism appeared to have much to offer: not only state-led industrialization but also a permanent grip on political power. What could the U.S. offer as an alternative?
Like many of his contemporaries, Kissinger exaggerated the Soviet Union's capacity to win a contest defined in terms of output growth. But he was quite right to argue that the Western claim to superiority needed to be based on more than productivity.
What made democracy work in the West, Kissinger pointed out, were certain peculiar limitations on governmental power, not least the rule of law. These limitations were not naturally occurring in the "new countries," he argued in his 1960 book "The Necessity for Choice." Therefore, "unless we address ourselves to the problem of encouraging institutions which protect human dignity, the future of freedom is dim indeed."

The aim was not to win a contest between rival models of economic development but above all to "fill…a spiritual void," for "even Communism has made many more converts through the theological quality of Marxism than through the materialistic aspect on which it prides itself."
"Unless we are able to make the concepts of freedom and respect for human dignity meaningful to the new nations," Kissinger concluded, "the much-vaunted economic competition between us and Communism…will be without meaning."
All this helps to explain why, when the question initially arose of how far to prop up the government of South Vietnam in the early 1960s, Kissinger believed that the country's right to self-determination was worth American lives. True foreign-policy realists, like the University of Chicago's Hans Morgenthau, vehemently disagreed.
Kissinger's idealism was the idealism of a generation forged in the searing heat of World War II. As a refugee from Hitler's Germany, who returned there in 1944 in an American uniform to play his part in the final defeat of Nazism, he had paid a personal price for the diplomatic failures of the 1930s.
After the euphoria of V-E Day, Kissinger astonished his parents by staying in Germany for two more years. "You'll never understand it," he wrote to them, "& I would never explain it except in blood & misery & hope. Sometimes when I look down our table and see the empty spaces of our good and capable men, the men that should be here to nail down what we fought for, I think of…the night Hitler's death was announced. That night [we] agreed that no matter what happened, no matter who weakened, we would stay to do in our little way what we could to make all previous sacrifices meaningful."
More than 20 years later, on the eve of his unexpected appointment as President Richard Nixon's national security adviser, Kissinger expressed his dismay at the failure of a new generation to feel a similar responsibility toward Vietnam. In an essay that he wrote for the Brookings Institution in 1968, he could hardly overlook "the contemporary unrest" that was sweeping American campuses. But he struggled to make sense of a "younger generation [who] consider the management of power irrelevant, perhaps even immoral" and whose "new ethic of freedom is not 'civic'; it is indifferent or even hostile to systems and notions of order."
As Kissinger observed, there was something unforgivable about the way the "protest movements [had] made heroes of leaders in repressive new countries," oblivious to "the absurdity of founding a claim for freedom on protagonists of the totalitarian state—such as Guevara or Ho or Mao." The student radicals failed to see that they were living through a fundamental transformation of the postwar international order. "The age of the superpowers," Kissinger announced, "is drawing to an end."

Kissinger testifying before the Santa Fe Foreign Relations Committee June 27, 1966. ENLARGE
Kissinger testifying before the Santa Fe Foreign Relations Committee June 27, 1966. Photo: CSU Archives/Everett Collection

This international revolution, he argued in the essay, had "deep-seated" and "structural" causes. The first of these was what was already occasionally referred to as globalization: the multiplication of nation states since the breakup of the European empires, combined with unprecedented economic integration and the emergence of "problems of bureaucratization, pollution, environmental control, urban growth…[that] know no national considerations."
The second driver of change was technology. Paradoxically, the "gargantuan" increase in destructive power made possible by innovations in nuclear technology tended to reduce the superpowers' influence over smaller countries. This was not only because the superpowers seemed less and less likely ever to use their vast atomic arsenals; it was also because each new power that joined the nuclear club substantially reduced the value of membership. In this post-superpower world, "a radio transmitter [could] be a more effective form of pressure than a squadron of B-52s," while annexing territory would count for less than acquiring nuclear weapons.
Yet what mattered more than these changes in the material world was how Americans thought about them. In his 1968 essay, Kissinger urged his fellow citizens to answer two simple questions: "What is it in our interest to prevent? What should we seek to accomplish?"
If the Vietnam War had done nothing else good, it had at least proved that the answer to these questions could not be "Everything"—for a U.S. that was "the trustee of every non-Communist area" would very soon "exhaust its psychological resources." Nor, however, could the answers to Kissinger's questions be "Nothing." Generation gap or no generation gap, it was time for "the American mood" to stop "oscillat[ing] dangerously between being ashamed of power and expecting too much of it."
If such arguments sound familiar, it is because they still resonate today. "Optimism alternating with bewilderment; euphoria giving way to frustration": That was how Kissinger summed up the American trajectory in Vietnam. In our own day, we have relived that cycle in Iraq.
No doubt controversy will continue to rage about the actions that Kissinger took after he went to work in Washington in 1969, from his support for the bombing of Cambodia to his desire to see President Salvador Allende of Chile overthrown.
But even his most determined critics would have difficulty denying that he was prescient about the shape of the post-Cold War world: a new era of economic globalization, of technological revolution, of nuclear proliferation, but also an era in which international order was primarily a function of the ebb and flow of America's faith in itself. Nearly a half-century later, Henry Kissinger's idealistic analysis still applies.
Mr. Ferguson is a professor of history at Harvard University and a senior fellow of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. This essay is adapted from "Kissinger, 1923-1968: The Idealist," published later this month by Penguin Press.

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