Death versus Dollars
Are U.S. COVID Outcomes Better than Europe?
Europe has taken a much harsher economic thrashing from COVID-19 than the United States while suffering fewer deaths. How you rate the pandemic performance of these two great polities thus depends on how you value dollars versus deaths. Arguably, the U.S. has done better than Europe.
Eurozone real GDP in April-to-June 2020 was 15.3% . . .
Scenes from two weddings
England and India
The first wedding was in England, at an 18th-century country house, set in an estate of some hundreds of acres of parkland and farms. No, I hadn’t been invited there by that dignified nobleman the Duke of Omnium. Many such places now run from a spreadsheet, restored and rented out by the day for middle-class weddings, anniversary . . .
Posted in: britaincasteethnicityeuropegeneticsidentity politicsimmigrationindiamarriagemulticulturalismnationruralurban
New York Times unsure about democracy
The New York Times editorializes on the Italian election: “Demagogues win as Europe’s populist tide sweeps Italy.”
Demagogues? In its modern pejorative sense, a demagogue is one who seeks power by exploiting the prejudices of the mob. But in the original 5th century BCE Greek usage a demagogue could also be simply . . .
Posted in: democracyeuropeimmigration
I want to be Swiss in my next life
It’s too late for this lifetime, but in the next I’ll start early on the project of migrating to Switzerland.
Not that the Swiss will make it easy for me. In a 2014 referendum they exercised their national sovereignty by voting to introduce quotas on immigration, a move at odds with an earlier agreement with the European . . .
Posted in: alt-rightdemocracyeuropegunsidentity politicsimmigrationmilitarynationraceregressive leftswitzerland
Marx - Only 160 Years Too Early on China and the West
In June 1853 the New York Daily Tribune published an article by Karl Marx on "Revolution in China and in Europe." This is Marx in typical form, combining a brilliant explanatory model of the past and present with bold yet quite mistaken predictions about the future - the opposite of the damned in Dante's Inferno, who could see the . . .
Posted in: chinaeuropemarxrevolution
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