Growing up, I could never get enough of the mathematician/humorist/lyricist Tom Lehrer. Even today, his songs sometimes pop into my head. And so it was that while watching the pageantry attending the BRICS summit this past week, Lehrer’s “National Brotherhood Week” came to mind. It’s basically a riff on how all the peoples of the world, who actually don’t like each other much, come together for one week and make nice.
I think Lehrer could have been singing about Hainan. Despite all the media proclaiming the arrival of a new united geopolitical force and the threat to established powers such as the United States, what I saw was a number of countries that are not particularly in political or economic sync, trying hard to get along. Read more »