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Shutting down this blog

I've come to the decision that I no longer wish to blog on a daily (okay, "weekdaily") basis, and since I have the option of going to Battleland (thanks to Mark Thompson) for the occasional post as I see fit, I'm going to shut down this aspect of my site.

I've been blogging here since the spring of 2004 and, while it's been fun, I feel like I've run this course . . . enough times - on a creative basis.  Anyone who knows me, knows that I will do anything gung-ho so long as I feel creative in the pursuit, but that I'll drop it once that is no longer the case and there are other avenues that seem to offer that buzz in larger amounts.

A number of things factor into this decision - besides the creativity.  With the move to Madison, I feel one chapter of my life closing and another opening up. And, as there are big changes afoot in the family (e.g., it's not just my eldest son but my spouse who will attend the UW), I feel there are simply a number of decisions I need to make.

It's much like going through all your stuff before a move and deciding what you absolutely need to keep and what should go to somebody else - or just get tossed.  Again, because I can sound off at Battleland at my leisure, I don't see the blogging function going away entirely - just downsized like our household (we were 8 just last summer, and soon to be six in a matter of weeks).

Personally, I love big changes and I love reinvention, so I think this will be good.  I'll recast the site somewhat in the weeks ahead, making it more an archive than blog-centric.

I want to thank everybody who stopped by and pitched in over the years.  It was a good ride.  For the record, this was blog post 12,877.

Those who enjoy the privilege know how to engage me.

So long.

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Reader Comments (54)

Hi Tom,

I've read with interest for almost two years and appreciate your perspective. In your absence, is there another blog you would point to that is similar to yours, someone who shares your viewpoint?

Thanks,

April 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMichael R.

You are going to be missed from this forum. Looking forward to following you through other channels.

April 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGreg Mader

Guess I will just have to redirect my feed reader to your articles on Batteland. Change of address, but still the same quality we expect.

April 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterStijn V.

I'll miss this blog but it was inevitable. Thank you for your enlightened insight & good luck in Madison!

April 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDBlair

Tom from your first book I was interested and from your first lecture I attended at the JHUAPL I was hooked. You have been an inspiration to numerous Americans concerned about America's future and your factual based reviews need to be taken seriously by those who can use the information that you collect, analyze and write about.

I will remain a fan and admirer.

Best of luck with "Tom's Big Adventure!"

April 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSteve Gallison

Ditto what Stijn said. You are my go to guy on so many topics. You're insight on the writings of others will be missed.

April 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGregory Lemieux

I've read your blog and I like your vision about globalization. I learn many things from you
Thank You for everything
and where can I follow you?

April 12, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersaeed

Tom - You don't know me from Alice's house cat. But I've been folllowing your blog daily since shortly after I saw some of your brief on a local university tv channel perhaps 10 years ago. Your daily (almost) fix of commen sense and interesting, insightful commentary will be sorely missed. I've managed to write 600 blog posts in two years so your total is mind boggling, to say the least. Good luck with everything going forward.

April 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTony Kendzior

thanks for the insight. congrats on making the tough the decision.

April 12, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersteve

Hopefully you'll still be tweeting?

April 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJay Dornfried

Well, boy howdy, I've been a regular reader since 04. Thanks so much for all the insight these many years.

April 12, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterktnbs

Thanks.

April 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHans Suter

A big change for you; a big change for me as well.... You gave me sanity after 9/11, and have continued to ground my thinking in the ensuing years. I will miss the blog, but felt the disengagement happening a long time ago. I knew it was coming. Fair thee well.

April 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMichal Shapiro

Hey Mr. Barnett, long time reader, here. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and insights through this blog. I hope you will be contributing to Time's Battleland regularly as you've done here.

April 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHarry S.

Well, damn.
All good things, and all that. So it goes.

April 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJeffrey

Thanks for the years of almost daily insight and being the original inspiration for me to re-purpose myself from a business career to one that now spans from being a teacher to a contributor to the amazing organization Wikistrat, that has become the perfect vehicle for exploring a future worth creating.

April 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTom Wade

In the chaotic disjointed aftermath of 9/11 analysis, I stumbled upon you. Where fragments were aplenty. You offered an overarching worldview, that made sense. Connecting our own gaps, if you will. Grounding us with tales of re-balancing and globalizations leveling trajectories. As well as the identity politics, in response.

I'm pretty sure I've read, a good 12,000 of those posts and all the books. Finding other future shapers out there, that you referenced, was a bonus.

So a heartfelt THANKS!

Good luck to you and yours. Get that family stuff right and the rest will follow. Keep me in the loop, on any new writing adventures. Turn the page. The future is limitless.

April 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJim Henkenius

AWWW! 'Tis a sad day for me. I'll miss the fix that's helped me for over seven years bridge the gap between my morning thyroid pill and the hour or so till food or coffee is allowed.

But, congratulations on nearly 13,000 posts in only nine years. And books and articles and videos and speeches and,.....etc.... Wow!

Best wishes on whatever endeavors are in your future.

April 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGerry Myers

Good luck Thomas Barnett! Your blog has been my only political blog following the later years, since I saw your Tedtalk about the new map for pentagon. I enjoy the globalist generalist perspective, which is not to often to be found. Hope you stay active on battleland, will certainly check by there once in awhile!:) Glenn

April 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGG

Well...the closing of your blog is a surprise but understand your explanation. I'll miss reading it to get your slant on issues. I always learned something new. Good luck.

April 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGerry Mauer

Hey Tom,
Its been a fantastic ride...great post over the years..and I just love your writing style...which I am sure will keep on in many, many avenues...and hey...when are you going to write that sci fi trilogy? I hope you do some day,
Best to you...love all your books...i re read them regulary, you know, i can't even find words..but thanks..you set my mind walking on paths I never would have otherwise,
onward to more great adventures...
Sue

April 14, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersue

Ah, Critt will be disappointed :)

It was a very good run, Tom - a lot of ideas came together here and that is no small thing.

April 15, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermark safranski

Tom,

Thank you for your insight -- I'll miss this on my daily rotation. Best of times in Madison!

April 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSudip

Tom, especially enjoyed your blogging while researching and writing your books very insightful, thanks.

April 15, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterphil

Your blog was the first blog I ever read and the best blog that I ever read. Best of luck in Madison.

John

April 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJohn C. Jost

Best of luck and keep up the good work.

April 15, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterryan

There are two things that I do faithfully every day. Read the sports page and your blog. I remember not being able to sleep one night and was flipping through the channels and came across the brief on C-Span and was hooked. Was like a good Sunday sermon that put everyday life in perspective. Hope your family found Indiana to be a positive experience, other than the allergies and wish you and your family the best in Wisconsin. I hope you keep all of us informed on your new ventures and I will still be checking the blog daily for anything new.

April 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJeff Jennings

Long time lurker of your blog posts as well as your books. Thank you for giving me an expanded view of the possible. I'm try and continue to follow your posts on Battleland.

April 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFrank

Best of fortunes-as many have said your perspective is refreshing and invites deep reflection. You'll love Madison, its a great town in summer- be sure you take the family to Parfrey's Glen, near (Spirit) Devil's Lake.
Ultimately, it's the human heart we need to work on, ours especially!! - all change that lasts comes from this simple truth. blessings to your family

April 15, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterbob Pfeiffer

Thanks Tom for all your posts throughout the years. I looked forward to your insight and wisdom. It takes big brass ones to make that decision! I look forward to following your articles in other forums.

April 15, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterross

Thanks for the inspiration you have provided to us here for so long.

April 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJesús M. Pérez

Tom, this blog has been great over the years. Stimulating, provocative, and eye-opening -- with both education and new insight for the reader ... and some creative disagreement! Thank you for being such a big presence for so long in this medium. Good luck with everything you and your family are doing.

April 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLexington Green

Tom,
Had the pleasure of meeting you in Ottawa back in 1999. Although the issue under discussion was Y2K, your analysis and insight was the first I'd seen that went beyond the simple technical, encompassing the social and political. In 2004 I found your blog and have rarely missed an article. While there are many "Strategic Thinkers" out there, you have always demonstrated a unique ability to take the long term view.
Wishing you and your family all the best

April 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTroy White

I also regret that Tom is shutting down his blog.It was a source of inspiration with many new perspectives.There are only a few blogs of comparable quality.Hope to hear and read from you in TIME Battleland and other publications.Especially for Germans Tom offered an interesting world view.

April 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRalf Ostner

Always love your perspective. I'll add my voice to the others here in saying this blog will be missed. Best wishes to you sir. Looking forward to catching your articles on Battleland.

April 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJordan T

Hi Tom,

Great job. I enjoyed being a regular reader and appreciate the time and effort you devoted to this blog. You even responded to a couple of questions I emailed during grad school, which meant a lot. Thank you!

April 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterShay W

I'll miss seeing you here. well done.
My best to you and all your family.

April 16, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercampbell

No!!
But, on the bright side, I can look at the archive, because frankly, it is huge and I didn't see everything!

To use a tired internet meme PROPERLY, thank you for this truly "epic" blog!

April 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNahmann

I just wanted to echo the thanks for all of your efforts and insights. I've read the blog multiple times per week (along with your three recent books) ever since luckily seeing one of your briefs on CSPAN years ago.

You have been enormously open and generous. Thank you and best wishes for the future.

April 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMatt Scarborough

It was a great ride reading your thoughts.
Definitely miss reading your take on things over the long arc .

April 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJavaid Akhtar

Will miss your daily bit of sanity and general sense of optimism for the future. Best wishes for you and your family.

April 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPatrick O'Connor

Thanks for all your efforts! I followed religously while I was at a desk job in DC starting in 2008 after I saw you present your brief. Since changing jobs, I've been checking in weekly. I will really miss your blogs!

April 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJustin Ahrens

Thankyou Tom for all the insightful posts about the world and Globalisation. I've only a been follower of yours since early last year when I saw you TED talk and I was hooked. Since then I've worked my way through your presentations and two of your books (halfway through the third now). As a young student of international politics, I thank you for truly changing my entire world view and inspiring me to reach for the stars. I hope the move goes well as well as all your future endeavours, I will continue to follow you on Battleland.

I also hope that this means that their might be another book in the works, God knows the world needs it!

April 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDeclan

We knew this day would come, yes?
The moment rings true.
Like Waterford crystal.
Good vibes :)

April 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCritt Jarvis

Have been following you since the War College days. Have always been amazed by how much you manage to accomplish, both personally and professionally. Will miss the blog. Best wishes to you and the family in Madison. Thanks for all you've shared.

April 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJane dV

Thanks Tom for the many years of thoughtful and beautifully written pieces that have been shared. I have been reading you since 2005 and am the better for it.

Good luck in Madison -- and go Packers!!!!

Your "old lady in Skokie" friend,
Mary Kelly

April 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMary Kelly

I've been in denial about this disturbing development for nine days now, and it is finally sinking in that this is not just another of Tom's little jokes.

Tom, I have been endlessly amazed at your capacity to use the blog as a vehicle to pour out (and work out) your ideas, insights, and frustrations, while simultaneously holding down some form of a 'real job.' Your perspective has not only been invaluable to my personal understanding of the world, you have inspired me to change my ambitions, and make different career decisions than I otherwise would have made. Thank you.

I refuse to believe that the return to Madison is anything less than an indicator that you have accepted a chair in the department of international relations, and will be watching to see if you will teach. You are a natural to teach an online program, and could undoubtedly adopt the massive multi-player model to such an endeavor under the auspices of UW, with a battalion of TA's grading submissions while you crank out the videos and moderate the odd discussion. Perhaps a nice course on strategic futures? I will look for the bulletin. We need guys like you to do that work, because Lord knows we need strategically competent leaders for our future.

I will be looking for more, when you turn the next insight into print.

One thousand times "Thank you."

v/r Jay Kay

April 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJay Kay

Well, another door opens. We are moving bck to the Chicago area after 17 good years in Southern California. Back to family and the "old" friends. I don't know if "change is good" but it keeps you mentally challenged and brushes away the cobwebs. Best of luck Tom. Walleye filets and bratwurst.

April 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTed O'Connor

Tom, you will be missed. Your clear and multi-nuanced take on everything is an education in straight thinking. I thank you for ruthlessly vaporizing the last vestiges of Boomer-ness from my consciouseness, and I want you to know I have cured a few myself with your help, And it is no small feat to turn apocalyptic pessimists into reasoned, provisional, Humanistic optimists.

For fun, I have played around with knocking a hole in your logic, finding your blind spot, a real specialty of mine. I think the blind spot in Globalization in general is the toxicity it generates, like killing off the oceans if it tips over the balance. But you factor all that in as well. Every facet of the jewel gets your attention. I am only a humble hobbyist!

It also seems to me that it takes a great courage to do optimism as you do, it is certainly not naivete. I would call that being impeccable.

I had a couple of teachers in my life who gave me a gift so big, I could never possibly repay it. The only thing one can do is to pass it along to others. It is, after all, a transmission.
I just wanted you to have even a small inkling of the ripple effect you have created here.

Maybe I will have to get on Wikistrat and play some games, but I am only a Composer, Guitarist and Geopolitical Strategist-Hobbyist after all.

I lift my glass to you, my friend. Hope we meet for a beer some day.

Peace and Cheers,

E.

April 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterErich Avinger

Not often in life does one get those lightbulb moments, you have given me many. I will miss your insight and your wonderful family. Best of luck in the future, hope to see you again on C-Span.

May 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDiane Collier Clark

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