Blogs are a familiar feature on the internet - where users post content in an accumulating manner, with comments, and search options, etc. They facilitate expression and exploration, and via attached comments, also debate and synthesis.
Reading and Navigating Blogs
Our blogs are quite powerful. Each writer can post, as is typically the case. Sustainers who have the option can also post, however. All Blogs appear in the blog system, and sometimes also in content boxes the top page of ZNet - and always via the left menu of the top page - and can be found via searches, etc.
Commenting on blogs follows the blogs, attached at the bottom, and blog comments, like all others, are also visible in many places that show comments including in the forum system. In addition, the entire blog system gathers content for everyone - but one can look at the accumulating content in many ways.
For example one can look at one writer's efforts - so one is seeing what is effectively a blog system for that one writer, or Sustainer.
One can also look at the content by topic, seeing blogs that are tagged as being about a certain topic - or place, as well. Thus, when doing that, it is a blog system about a topic, or a place, with many contributors.
One can look at only writer blogs, or only sustainer blogs, as well.
One can look at blogs for particular Groups, too.
All this is easily done using the left menu. Searches allow even more variables and refinements.
Creating Blog Posts
If you are a Sustainer with permission, and are logged in, you will see a link in the left menu for you to post a blog - and you can use that to post one, and then tag it various ways (such as with a topic or place, or a group tag), and once you do, it is in the system with you as the author.
You can also use the console button to the left to post a blog - anytime and from anywhere in the site, as long as you are logged in.
Meanwhile, enjoy the blogs - and, by the way, if you are a Free Member or a Sustainer with a ZSpace page, of course you can put one or more content boxes on it, pulling blog links of any sort you may want to filter for, for example, by you or by your friends or by others - and by topic, about places, for groups, etc.
The issue that concerned planners from the 1950s was the usual one: independent nationalism in Vietnam might prove successful in terms meaningful to others in the region facing similar problems, and the "virus" might spread, "infecting" others, in Thailand, Malaya, sooner or later Indonesia, which was regarded as the second-most important domino.
The most important domino (the "superdomino," as Asia historian John Dower described it) was Japan, which might decide to "accommodate" to a more or less independent South East Asia, perhaps linked at least loosely to China, becoming the industrial, technological, and commercial center of a "New Order in Asia," independent of the US. That would have meant that the US would have effectively lost World War II in the Pacific, which was fought in large part to block that outcome.
That intolerable consequence was prevented, very efficiently, by the rational means of destroying the virus of potential successful economic development in Vietnam, and "inoculating" the region, often by the support of brutal and vicious military dictatorships, including Indonesia, after the failure of Eisenhower's efforts to break off the outer islands (where most of the wealth is) in 1958. That's a very considerable victory, and the US corporate system has gained enormously from it -- which, incidentally, includes China.
...[Quite] a different matter: that US control is not complete, which is certainly true. That's the case with every system of dominance and control. And the US victory in Vietnam (solidified later, as Vietnam succumbed to the neoliberal order) is quite a separate matter from the place of China in the world system now developing. If anything, the US victory in Vietnam imposed constraints on China's potential power.