Cities of the World, Unite!

17 10 2016

Quito, Ecuador

Because we’re not paying enough attention to the world’s major cities; they are at a competitive disadvantage because only 99% of the world’s major media are based in the world’s major cities.

What this does prove is that a given political elite of one of the world’s noted cities has more in common with another elite of another such city on the other side of the world than he has with someone who lives in the suburbs of his own city.

Also, I wonder if there’s some relationship between this conference happening in Ecuador and Julian Assange’s internet suddenly being cut off.





Gated Community

9 08 2016

McLean, Virginia

PJB:

Who Got Us Into These Endless Wars?

“Isolationists must not prevail in this new debate over foreign policy,” warns Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations. “The consequences of a lasting American retreat from the world would be dire.”

To make his case against the “Isolationist Temptation,” Haass creates a caricature, a cartoon, of America First patriots, then thunders that we cannot become “a giant gated community.”

How much do you want to bet that Richard Haass lives in a gated community?  Or a good enough analogue.





Poison Room

4 07 2016

Anaheim, California

I want to like this piece, because there’s a whole lot to like.

Except at every turn, after he fairly accurately describes problems, Kotkin drops trou and shits on the obvious solutions.

If you were in a room with an unlocked door as the only way out of it, and someone truthfully told you that the room’s air was filling with poison, but then turned around and tried to convince you not to open the door and walk about, what are you think about his intentions?  Are you to think that his telling you about the poison is some sort of magnanimity?  Or maybe what you should be thinking is that his telling you about the problem but dissuading you from taking the only known solution is some sort of game playing and scam?

Now I’m starting to figure out why many of you reading these words are suspicious about Charles Murray.  Especially in light of the fact that he’s still in 24/7 hate Trump mode, when Trump seems to want to solve some of the problems Murray has said he’s been worried about for years.

 





Blue Light Special

27 06 2016

Berlin and Ottawa

Closeout discounts on early 21st century model year superstates, catch as catch can, supplies are limited, no rain checks, everything must go, gotta make inventory room for next year’s brand new models.  Once they’re sold out, they’re gone.  We’re so anxious to get them sold that we’re going to offer both the rebate and the rock bottom interest rate.





Same Ole Chuck

8 12 2013

Washington, D.C.

Meet the new globaloney boss, same as the old globaloney boss.

I told all your asses so about Chuck Bagel.  But no, a lot of our people, even people who write for the news and commentary source I link to above, said he secretly on our side because he had something bad to say about Israel a long time ago.

Now I guess the next round of excuses from some of our people will be that the system got to him.  Sure, whatever you say to make yourself feel comfortable.





Concrete Consequences

3 06 2013

Palo Alto, California

Thomas Sowell:

Abstract Immigrants

(snip)

Among other facts of life utterly ignored by many advocates of de facto amnesty is that the free international movement of people is different from free international trade in goods.

Buying cars or cameras from other countries is not the same as admitting people from those countries or any other countries. Unlike inanimate objects, people have cultures and not all cultures are compatible with the culture in this country that has produced such benefits for the American people for so long.

This is a good column with some cogent points, until it gets to this point.

In the abstract world, it is possible to have differing policies on immigration and foreign trade, i.e. the former being restricted but the latter being open, or vice versa.  However, here in the real concrete world, unrestricted immigration, free trade and world government are all interrelated concepts.  If you adopt one, there will inevitably be pressure on your society and body politic to adopt the other two, and likewise, if you want to restrict either immigration or foreign trade or oppose world government, then you’ll be philosophically forced to take the restrictionist-particularist position on the other two questions.

 





Biden World Order

8 04 2013

Washington, D.C.

If it were only up to a goofball like Biden, I wouldn’t be so scared.  I could only wish that it was all up to him, because beating back the NWO would then be as easy as stealing candy from a baby.  It’s the forces and interests behind the scenes pulling the strings of politicians that scare me.

But this isn’t the first time Biden has popped off about New World Order (aka a formal global government).  In June 1992, he delivered a major Senate speech entitled, “On the Threshold of a New World Order, An American Agenda for the New World Order, Fulfilling the Wilsonian Vision.”  In it, he agreed with then-President Bush (41) about the need for global government, as Bush formally called for it the previous September, but was upset that Bush wasn’t pushing for it quickly enough or enthusiastically enough.  So Biden basically said, “I’m a traitor.  Bush is a traitor.  I agree with him being a traitor.  But his problem is that he’s not enough of a traitor, whereas I would be a more treasonous traitor than he is.”