US and Japanese WW2 Battles in the Pacific

Sunday, June 5th, 2022

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What Happens Next is a podcast where an expert is given just SIX minutes to present his argument. This is followed by a Q&A period for deeper engagement.

Today’s topic is the rise and fall of the great powers.

Our speaker is Paul Kennedy.

Welcome to What Happens Next. My name is Larry Bernstein.

What Happens Next is a podcast where the speaker gets to present his argument in just Six Minutes and that is followed by a question-and-answer period for deeper engagement.

Today’s discussion will be on the War in the Pacific from Pearl Harbor to The Battle of Midway.

Our speaker is Paul Kennedy who is the J. Richardson Dilworth Professor of History and Global Affairs at Yale. Paul is one of our greatest living historians and he will discuss the battle between the US and Japanese in the Pacific during WW2.

Today’s session will be the first in a four-part series with Paul Kennedy. Today’s podcast will be followed-up with The Battle of the Atlantic, The Normandy Invasion and the surrender of Germany, and finally the Conquest of Japan. I expect this series to be spectacular.
Buckle up.
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Every month since the outset of COVID, I have commented on the monthly employment report because it is a critical statistic for evaluating the global economy. This month US employment increased by 390,000 jobs. The unemployment rate of 3.6% and the number of unemployed of 6 million is basically the same as pre-COVID. The labor market is extremely strong. Employers are very challenged finding new employees and they are scared that experienced workers will jump ship for more lucrative opportunities elsewhere.

Wage inflation is increasing at a 5.2% clip, still below the 8.3% inflation rate, but the concern here is that employees may be expecting similar wage increases going forward.

The biggest surprise in the employment announcement related to the COVID questionnaire. This month saw an enormous surge in COVID/Omicron cases, yet the number of workers claiming that they were prevented from working due to COVID fell sharply from 600,000 to 450,000. And the number of teleworkers shrank from 7.7% to 7.4% over the last month, and this is down from like 25% at the height of COVID. So, the Omicron case surge is largely irrelevant to national employment trends.

I think over the next few months, the key economic question is how will rising interest rates affect hiring and employment.

All right, let’s begin today’s session with Yale Professor Paul Kennedy.

Paul, can you open your remarks with a brief summary of your new book a Victory at Sea.


Paul Kennedy

Paul Kennedy
Topic: US and Japanese WW2 Battles in the Pacific
Bio: J. Richardson Dilworth Professor of History at Yale
Reading: Victory at Sea is here
Victory at Sea
It’s a Paul Kennedy, historian at Yale, one volume account of the naval battles from 1939 to 1945.

At the beginning of the story, the United States is one of merely six great navies in the world. After the war, the US Navy has come out supreme right across the globe. The sheer output of American production, like a new aircraft carrier once a month entering the Pacific fleet by 1943, which quite staggers the mind. So please think of this book as about how at that time, the world order of power shifts from being a multipolar to a single polar world, at least in naval terms, from 1945 onwards.

Paul Kennedy Q&A:

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