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Monday, June 27. 2016
German President Responds to Brexit Vote: The Elites are Not the Problem, the People Are the Problem
So get new people. Oh, they did: Muslims who hate them.
And one more on the same theme: The EU-Progressive Paradigm Is Falling Apart - The rise of populist and patriotic passion:
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The more the elite talk about the stupidity of the average person, the more their little world will come crashing down around them.
I was very pleased to see that Spain is starting to get smarter...and voting in more conservative lawmakers. They haven't quite overpowered the socialists yet, but I have a feeling they will succeed soon.
Saw this earlier today.
Doubling down on stupid:
German Angela Merkel met with European heads today at the EU summit
The foreign ministers of France and Germany are due to reveal a blueprint to effectively do away with individual member states in what is being described as an “ultimatum”.
Under the radical proposals EU countries will lose the right to have their own army, criminal law, taxation system or central bank, with all those powers being transferred to Brussels.
That ought to fix the peasants, once and for all.
Your comments to this action are nearly verbatim to my own on another forum.
I suppose they really have no choice but to double down - it's their lifestyle that is threated by the consequences of their own actions. The worm has turned.
From the Atlantic article:
And it’s what Jason Brennan, an expert on the ethics of voting at Georgetown University, said explicitly on Friday.The longer I live and the more I read, the more convinced I am that "social science" is basically mumbo-jumbo. The Wiki article on the Replication crisis points out that in Psychology, only 36% of research efforts can be replicated. So much for social sciences.
“To have even a rudimentary sense of the pros and cons of Brexit,” Brennan wrote, “one would need to know about the economics and sociology of trade and immigration, the politics of centralized regulation, and the history of nationalist movements. But there is no reason to think even a tenth of the UK’s population has a basic grasp of the social science needed to evaluate Brexit."
Progressive policies to help reduce and eliminate 'class division' require class division to perpetuate themselves.
How else can you convince people that you're better at managing their lives than they are? By telling them their lives have become too complex for them to handle on their own.
The immigration issue is most likely the largest issue in the success of Brexit. The peasants do understand the immigration problem. It is quite simply the largest transfer of wealth in human history. The middle class in the West is being looted by their own government to pay for the upkeep and breeding of a new class of peasants, one which will vote to keep the free stuff flowing. I do not understand what the elites here and in Europe are thinking. Could they possibly believe this won't end badly and that the citizens will give up, give in and roll over? The average legal immigrant/refugee in Europe is provided with tax free benefits and money at a level that exceeds what the middle class has to live on after taxes. This cost is constantly increasing as more immigrants/refugees come into the country and also as they procreate and demand even more. There is no "exit strategy" for this ever increasing occupation. The elites are throwing them into the general population and letting the chips fall where they may. If you object to this legal mugging you are a xenophobe.
There is some number/percentage of unassimilated immigrants that will create a tipping point. In good time that number may be larger than it is in bad times. Bad times are coming (does anyone really think we can borrow our way to a good economy?). What will likely happen when the citizens are over taxed, out of work and see their savings taken or reduced by inflation and voodoo economics is a revolt/uprising. What then? What was the elite's plan to deal with that inevitability? History tells us that they will purge; first gun control/confiscation then purge.
Well, at least we can take comfort that the predictions of markets collapsing came true.
After all, oil (Brent and WTI, predicted to collapse) are down to levels not seen ...
since previous Friday.
So help me understand this: In order to prevent those who would conquer Europe and create a supra-national, Pan-European super-state with an unaccountable centralized authority consisting of a self-selected technocratic elite, we must unite Europe and create a supra-national, Pan-European super-state with an unaccountable centralized authority consisting of a self-selected technocratic elite?
This whole thing sounds like the same song sung by a different voice.
In continuing news, at the end of today's trading, the Dollar/Yen mix trends downward, no doubt due to Brexit.
What else can Brexit do?
I think it's responsible for increasing the frequency of severe hurricanes, or for reducing them, or maybe both.
The hysterical reaction in the markets to the Brits desire to self-govern, and reduce the EU tax and regulatory burdens on their citizens is starting to look like a buying opportunity. The sky isn't falling.
Brennan includes "the history of nationalist movements" as something that must be known in order to understand the issues involved. Those of us skilled in breaking the code understand that this is his main point. He believes that nationalism is an evil, however understandable, that leads inevitability to totalitarianism. That is an unrecognised assumption, but it colors all that follows. German nationalism and Balkan tribalism has always been blood-and-soil, not boundary and certainly not ideas. American nationalism has been much more focused on ideas and citizenship and buy-in. Others are in-between, with the Anglosphere being closer to the Americans, while Benelux has gravitated to the ideas of socialism, and the Scandinavians very ethnocentric while denying it loudly.
Brennan believes that all nationalism is ultimately German/Chechen/Serbian and dangerous. That it was the American/Canadian/Australian, and yes, UK version of values-nationalism which defeated both the Nazis in 1945 and the USSR in 1990 is unreal to him. The former he sees as defeated by internationalism, as if the Russians were somehow fighting for us and we for them rather than a grudging alliance, and the latter he continues to try and pretend never really happened - just a gradual and imperceptible transition supervised by Gorbachev, doncha know.
Isn't the grasping at facile and superficial explanations amazing? Or not, maybe its just an utter failure of imagination and empathy. Yes, that's it these people have all the imagination and empathy of rocks when it comes to regular, everyday folks. We're not pathetic enough or exotic enough? The lack of self awareness and the inability to see themselves as other do, just compounds their unwillingness to address the real and legitimate concerns of working people and an inability to see that the middle class want to lead contributing and productive lives too. Truly they cannot understand why you just won't accept the handouts, the subsidies, or the fake make work jobs. I'll take the pinkie ring government racketeers of my childhood over these coiffed and manicured parasites anyday.
After the 1953 uprising in East Germany, Bertolt Brecht wrote this poem:
Nach dem Aufstand des 17. Juni
Ließ der Sekretär des Schriftstellerverbands
In der Stalinallee Flugblätter verteilen
Auf denen zu lesen war, daß das Volk
Das Vertrauen der Regierung verscherzt habe
Und es nur durch verdoppelte Arbeit
zurückerobern könne. Wäre es da
Nicht doch einfacher, die Regierung
Löste das Volk auf und
Wählte ein anderes?"
After the uprising of the 17th of June
The Secretary of the Writers' Union
Had leaflets distributed in the Stalinallee
Stating that the people
Had forfeited the confidence of the government
And could win it back only
By redoubled efforts. Would it not be easier
In that case for the government
To dissolve the people
And elect another?"
"'To have even a rudimentary sense of the pros and cons of Brexit,' Brennan wrote, 'one would need to know about the economics and sociology of trade and immigration, the politics of centralized regulation, and the history of nationalist movements. But there is no reason to think even a tenth of the UK’s population has a basic grasp of the social science needed to evaluate Brexit.' Most British voters, like most voters everywhere, are 'systematically ignorant' of elementary political facts and theories, he lamented, and base their votes on flimsier considerations."
Ha. I doubt one in 10 EU politicians (or politicians anywhere) has much comprehensive knowledge of "about the economics and sociology of trade and immigration, the politics of centralized regulation, and the history of nationalist movements."
There is a systematic ignorance at play here, Jason Brennan, and it is yours. It is the sneering, systematic ignorance of those who know so much better than the rest of us what is good for us.
The EU is on track to become a freedom-deprived economic backwater.
Thanks to the experts.
What would the world do without self-proclaimed experts in control? Perhaps, thrive. With a few bumps along the way, but in the end, thrive. We've done it for eons.
Notice that these super talented technocrats in the EU saw the housing and credit bubble coming and positioned the EU markets to take advantage. They also did their due diligence when letting Greece into EU and caught the lies in the Greek application. They also saw the violence arising from the Arab Spring, and were able prepare their foreign policies and security forces so that citizens of the EU were not threatened.