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After the great success in recent British elections, UKIP leader Nigel Farage might have more influence on British politics. Thus it is interesting to hear his current thoughts on the Euro crisis:

The big question is: What is the European Union for?
And I think that the alternative model is a Europe based on cooperation, a Europe based on trade, a Europe based on nation-state democracy. This is a vision that can only grow in support as the years go by.

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no education

The other day I found some interesting thoughts on educational issues in an 18-year old article by Theodore Dalrymple in the City Journal:

We Don’t Want No Education

Since failure is now regarded as fatally damaging to self-esteem, anyone who actually presents himself at an examination is likely to emerge with a certificate.

Everything is reduced to a mere contest of wills, and so the child learns that all restraint is but an arbitrary imposition from someone or something bigger and stronger than himself. The ground is laid for a bloodyminded intolerance of any authority whatever.

Perhaps the method of teaching by turning everything into a game can work when the teacher is talented and the children are already socialized to learn; but when, as is usually the case, neither of these conditions obtains, the results are disastrous, not just in the short term but probably forever.

The unemployed young person considers the number of jobs in an economy as a fixed quantity. Just as the national income is a cake to be doled out in equal or unequal slices, so the number of jobs in an economy has nothing to do with the conduct of the people who live in it, but is immutably fixed. This is a concept of the way the world works which has been assiduously peddled, not only in schools during “social studies” but in the media of mass communication.

There is one great psychological advantage to the white underclass in their disdain for education: it enables them to maintain the fiction that the society around them is grossly, even grotesquely, unjust, and that they themselves are the victims of this injustice.

 

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eu referendum

David Cameron, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, announced that he wants the British people to have an in-or-out vote on Britain’s membership in the European Union. Not surprisingly, he received harsh criticism from almost all leading politicians in Europe. That leaves me with a question: Why are the European leaders so afraid of a referendum?

As far as I can see, there are three options:

  1. The EU has been a great success and voters appreciate this.
  2. The EU has been a great success but the ordinary voter is too dumb to appreciate this.
  3. The EU has become a bureaucratic mess and voters increasingly dislike their country’s membership.

So, if leading politicians reject the idea of a British referendum they implicitly argue that the first option is false (otherwise a referendum would simply support Britain’s membership). Which leaves me to conclude that either politicians regard voters as sheep or they fear the voters might get the opportunity to judge the mess in Brussels.

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thatcher and a free society

Some decades ago William F. Buckley and Margaret Thatcher discussed the importance of capitalism in a free society:

Once you compress the incentives from the top and say “It doesn’t matter how much you earn, I am going to take the lion share away from you”, then they say “Alright, then I’m no longer going to do the lion’s part”. And then they stop creating the extra wealth which would both benefit them and society as a whole.

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impressions of london

Had a couple of great days in London and here are some impressions:

London in 2012

London in 2012

Big Ben and Churchill

Big Ben and Churchill

London School of Economics (LSE)

London School of Economics (LSE)

Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge

The Shard

The Shard

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace

St.Paul's Cathedral

St.Paul’s Cathedral

Fish and Chips

Fish and Chips

Cookery Book for the Working Classes

Cookery Book for the Working Classes

View of London from Paramount

View of London from Paramount

 

 

 

 

 

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trip to london

From Nov 29 to Dec 3, I will visit England’s capital. Here is a preview:

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eu budget

Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, comments on today’s EU budget talks:

Not a single penny more for the EU’s begging bowl

You only have to imagine the ludicrous scene, of Luxembourg officials scrabbling over some dusty Spanish hillside in search of 150 non-existent merinos to see that they have only scratched the surface of the abuse.

There are fields that are forests that are meant to be farmed. There are forests that are meant to be fields, and we are paying subsidy for both.

The EU budget will never be properly policed because the cash doesn’t properly belong to any nation — it belongs to “everybody”.

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