Archive for October 2011

It’s got nothing to do with race

October 31, 2011

Surprise, surprise, lamestream media commentators get it wrong again.

TINA’s back in town

October 30, 2011

TINA’s back in town

Back in the 1980s, supporters of neoliberal economics in Britain and America were fond of using the argument “there is no alternative” to push through their favored reforms. This time around it’s the supporters of the European Union who are trotting out the TINA argument.

Why for example, is it “inevitable” that if Greece pulls out of the Euro it will lead to the collapse of the Euro. Isn’t Greece, by definition a weak link in the Eurozone, hence the reason why it’s being bailed out?

Common sense suggests the key player’s in the Eurozone are those with the largest and healthiest economies, not the smallest and weakest. Why not stand the TINA argument on its head and say the EU will be economically stronger if it got rid of the dead wood on the periphery?

Also why would it be so disastrous for Europe if Britain left the EU? Why would the EU collapse just because Britain (an apathetic member at the best of times) wasn’t in it?

The only reason why Britain wants to be in the EU is because it wants access to the free trade zone within the EU. Otherwise most Britons are totally apathetic about the whole EU project (and certainly don’t want to be indentured slaves to China just to save Greece and Portugal). Therefore why not be pragmatic about things and arrange a deal whereby Britain is assured continuing access to EU trading zone, but is otherwise free to stay out of it?

And now we get to the heart of why EU advocates are dismissing moderate arguments and resorting to TINA. There are no strong pragmatic, economic reasons why countries shouldn’t opt of the Euro, or leave the EU altogether, only political reasons.

If countries were given the freedom to leave the EU or ditch the Euro, then the EU would lose political standing and wouldn’t have the power to impose its unpopular, undemocratic political policies on member states. It would, in effect become a pragmatic, voluntary arrangement for advancing the economic interests of member states (as it was originally intended to be) rather than a coercive tool for promoting idealistic, left-wing political agendas.

 

Who will buy our BMWs?

October 22, 2011

Maybe Germans still have a sentimental attachment to the Marshall Plan, but from my perspective, their commitment to bailing out hopelessly indebted EU states seems like altruism gone mad.

The only logical explanation for Germany’s wish to keep indebted Greece in the EU is that it wants to prop up Greek spending power so Greeks can buy German -made stuff.

But surely there’s a less wasteful way to building markets for German products than throwing huge sums of money at the indebted periphery of the East. And what, apart from cheap holidays and olive oil, does Greece have that Germany needs?

Perhaps Germany should think about heading east again. No, I’m not talking about warming up the Panzers and dive bombers, but putting more investment into Russia and Eastern Europe. Russia does actually have stuff Germany needs (gas, oil etc). Set up factories out East, as the Japanese have done in Britain and the US, and keep German workers busy supplying parts and technical assistance. Meanwhile as the Russians get richer with German help, they’ll have more money to buy part German-made goods.

 

Thought for the day

October 18, 2011

A lot of people say we don’t live in a democracy. I disagree. We do live in a democracy, a liberal democracy. This is a type of democracy in which the votes of liberals and minorities count and those of everyone else are ignored.

Political Correctness poll

October 18, 2011

Finns and truth-seeking

October 16, 2011

Among western nations, Finland has a reputation for having the most Japanese-like culture. Finns themselves are known for being very introverted and having a language which sounds more Asian than European.

One author who has looked into Finnish culture in-depth is US business writer Richard D Lew, author of Finland  – Cultural Lone Wolf. According to Lew, Finns (especially male Finns) are very Asian-like in communication style, and very different to North Americans. However they’re pretty western-like in terms of political values and intellectual temperament.

Take their attitude to truth-seeking for example. In Japan truth is regarded as a dangerous concept, while in China there is no such concept as absolute truth, but Finns enjoy making direct statements that would be regarded as taboo by the Japanese. So in terms of truth-seeking and scientific inquiry, Finns are pretty much like other white westerners.

When it comes to political values, Finn’s also tend to follow conventional western views. Lew rates Finns as being strong supporters of contemporary western principles of equality for women, democracy, human rights, self-determination and environmentalism. Asian principles of fatalism, acceptance of hierarchies and environmental pragmatism don’t tend to hold much influence in mainstream Finnish society.

Thus it seems that while communication-styles vary a lot among western nations, individualism and truth-seeking are found in all western nations. Given this consistency, it seems likely there’s some biological basis for these values which are much less common in non-white parts of the world.