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James Quinn has held financial positions with a retailer, homebuilder and university in his 30 year career. Those positions included treasurer, controller, and head of strategic planning. He earned a BS in accounting from Drexel University and an MBA from Villanova University. He is a certified public accountant and a certified cash manager.

June 28th, 2020 | Boiling Point

The Burning Platform - “Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats.” ― H.L. Mencken After writing a particularly depressing article where I come to a logical conclusion, based upon the factual evidence of all previous Fourth Turnings, I always wonder whether I’m being too pessimistic […]

The Burning Platform - “Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!” – Patrick Henry “If ever a time should come, when vain and aspiring […]

The Burning Platform - “At some point, America’s short-term Crisis psychology will catch up to the long-term post-Unraveling fundamentals. This might result in a Great Devaluation, a severe drop in the market price of most financial and real assets. This devaluation could be a short but horrific panic, a free-falling price in a market with no buyers. Or it […]

April 27th, 2020 | Throttle Up

The Burning Platform - “For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for Nature cannot be fooled.” – Richard Feynman – Rogers Commission “It appears that there are enormous differences of opinion as to the probability of a failure with loss of vehicle and of human life. The estimates range from roughly 1 in 100 to […]

April 19th, 2020 | Burning Down The House

The Burning Platform - Watch out you might get what you’re after Hold tight wait till the party’s over Hold tight We’re in for nasty weather There has got to be a way Burning down the house Talking Heads – Burning Down the House “The risk of catastrophe will be very high. The nation could erupt into insurrection or […]

The Burning Platform - In Part 1 of this article I pointed out how we have allowed ourselves to be cowed by authoritarian “experts” who have proven to be nothing but incompetent and wrong every step of the way, while the financiers have used the crisis once again to pillage the citizens as they did in 2008/2009. The absurdity […]

The Burning Platform - “Suckers think that you cure greed with money, addiction with substances, expert problems with experts, banking with bankers, economics with economists, and debt crises with debt spending” ― Nassim Nicholas Taleb, The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms “Globalization has created this interlocking fragility. At no time in the history of the universe has […]

The Burning Platform - In Part One of this article I detailed the criminal enterprise that constitutes the leadership of this country. The facts are clear. We’ve been screwed over by those who were supposed to represent us. Now it is time to look in the mirror and decide whether we will continue to bow down before our keepers […]

March 29th, 2020 | P For Pandemic

The Burning Platform - “People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.” – Alan Moore – V for Vendetta “Authority, when first detecting chaos at its heels, will entertain the vilest schemes to save its orderly facade.” – Alan Moore – V for Vendetta I wrote an article called V for Vendetta […]

March 22nd, 2020 | Weeks Where Decades Happen

The Burning Platform - “There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen.” ― Vladimir Ilyich Lenin  “A Crisis mood does not guarantee that the new governing policies will be well designed or will work as intended. To the contrary: Crisis eras are studded with faulty leadership and inept management—from President Lincoln’s poor record of […]

The Burning Platform - There is no political solution To our troubled evolution Have no faith in constitution There is no bloody revolution The Police – Spirits in the Material World As I was driving home from work last week, an almost forty-year-old song began emanating from my radio. I’ve always appreciated the music of The Police, but was […]

The Burning Platform - In Part One of this article I exposed the numerous false narratives being peddled to the masses, as this Fourth Turning is entering the intense phase headed towards an unknown climax. I’ve been expecting the next shoe to fall in this Fourth Turning for years, but the financial elite have pulled the debt levers to […]

February 16th, 2020 | No One Gets Out Of Here Alive

The Burning Platform - “The seasons of time offer no guarantees. For modern societies, no less than for all forms of life, transformative change is discontinuous. For what seems an eternity, history goes nowhere – and then it suddenly flings us forward across some vast chaos that defies any mortal effort to plan our way there. The Fourth Turning […]

The Burning Platform - n Part One of this article I detailed my inability to predict the timing of events during this Fourth Turning, while maintaining the catalysts of debt, civic decay, and global disorder continue to drive the world towards a cliff. “Every schoolchild will know what happened next, from the Oh-Ohs to the 2020s, as the Fourth […]

The Burning Platform - “A shocking crime was committed on the unscrupulous initiative of few individuals, with the blessing of more, and amid the passive acquiescence of all.” Tacitus, Publius Cornelius The shocking crime being committed during this century under the unscrupulous initiative of a few evil men is ongoing and no longer hidden from those willing to open […]

The Burning Platform - In Part 1 of this article I tried to link the greed and depravity of those pulling the strings behind the curtain of the Deep State with perpetual warfare being waged by the military industrial complex and the purposeful dumbing down of the populace so propaganda spewed by the Deep State’s media mouthpieces finds fertile […]

The Burning Platform - And if the cloud bursts thunder in your ear You shout and no one seems to hear And if the band you’re in starts playing different tunes I’ll see you on the dark side of the moon  Brain Damage, Pink Floyd And if the dam breaks open many years too soon And if there is […]

November 11th, 2019 | Stranger in a Strange Land

The Burning Platform - “Secrecy begets tyranny.” ― Robert A. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land “Thinking doesn’t pay. Just makes you discontented with what you see around you.” ― Robert A. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land When I read quotes by men like H.L. Mencken and Robert Heinlein, I realize I’m not really a stranger in a […]

The Burning Platform - “Do not underestimate the ‘power of underestimation’. They can’t stop you, if they don’t see you coming.” ― Izey Victoria Odiase During the summer of 2008 I was writing articles a few times per week predicting an economic catastrophe and a banking crisis. When the biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression swept across the […]

The Burning Platform - I’ve now been running The Burning Platform blog for over ten years. It’s been over eleven years since I wrote my first article – Why We Need Ron Paul – in May 2008 during the Republican primaries. I really thought I could change enough minds through my writing to influence voters and help wake up […]

The Burning Platform - In Part One of this article I laid out the unsustainable economic conditions which will drive the next phase of this Fourth Turnings and detailed the economic factors which drove the previous three American Fourth Turnings. Strauss and Howe, when writing The Fourth Turning in 1997, did not know the exact circumstances and events which […]

August 4th, 2019 | Fourth Turning Economics

The Burning Platform - “In retrospect, the spark might seem as ominous as a financial crash, as ordinary as a national election, or as trivial as a Tea Party. The catalyst will unfold according to a basic Crisis dynamic that underlies all of these scenarios: An initial spark will trigger a chain reaction of unyielding responses and further emergencies. […]

May 20th, 2019 | US vs. THEM (PART II)

The Burning Platform - In Part I of this article I discussed why the “Us versus Them” mindset permeates society and how Trump has become a lightning rod for hate. Now I will assess his progress in fighting the Deep State and try to peer into a murky future. In addition to not being Hillary, the main reasons I […]

May 19th, 2019 | US vs. THEM

The Burning Platform - “I’ll show you politics in America. Here it is, right here. “I think the puppet on the right shares my beliefs.” “I think the puppet on the left is more to my liking.” “Hey, wait a minute, there’s one guy holding out both puppets!”” – Bill Hicks Anyone who frequents Twitter, Facebook, political blogs, economic […]

The Burning Platform - Dancing on the crumbling precipice The rocks are coming loose just at the edge Are we laughing? Are we crying? Are we drowning? Are we dead? Or is it all a dream? The bombs are getting closer everyday “That can never happen here” we used to say Have these wars come to our doorstep? Has […]
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