So I have been a fan of the *realpolitik* musings of the folks at StratFor, the freely available parts that is. It turns out that the StratFor folks are *realpolitik* in the usual crass sorts of ways as well: slopping at the fear trough, setting up offshore investment funds that profit from other people’s misery, and the kind of general bribery and revolving-door shenanigans we have come to expect from our government and corporations.
How do I know this? It turns out StratFor did a pretty good job of documenting themselves. All it took was the work of a group of hackers to “free” the materials and turn it over to Wikileaks.
[Wikileaks has a nice write-up.](http://wikileaks.org/the-gifiles.html)
But you should also [donate](http://shop.wikileaks.org/donate). Why? Because transparency is central to democracy.