Le Pen has a shot. A shot. There are still a large number of undecided voters.
France, The Netherlands, and Italy all are seriously contemplating leaving the European Union. What began in earnest in 2016 is flowing right into the new year.
Is there anything more important in our time than reversing the march of the statists, the people who would regulate everything and game the government for themselves and for their allies. Perhaps not, at least in the political sense.
The only way to truly fight crony capitalism, to fight the entrenched neo-aristocracy, is to make the state weaker. More regulation isn’t going to solve the problem. That is, frankly, a foolish dream. The powers that be like regulations.
One of the most important moments in American economic history. Nixon killed the last vestige of sound money in America. Within a decade the USA was heavily financialized.
Upon seeing this story I immediately thought of President Clinton’s very expensive haircut on Air Force 1 which held up air traffic many years ago.
Look, the French President needs to look sharp. He lives in Paris, one of the great capitals of fashion. He can’t be seen with a $5000/month hairdo.
She is from France.
We in the West made it through the whole Cold War without tossing aside our freedoms for the most part. In the face of nuclear annihilation we remained relatively free. Indeed it was these freedoms which helped us define ourselves relative to our totalitarian communist rivals. Our freedoms were what made us, us.
But this sentiment, this general reverence for freedom, has been on the wane since September 11th 2001. The attacks in France seem to have spurred an even greater move toward a soft totalitarianism in the West.
If you want to keep money at Alternative Bank Schweiz you are going to have to pay for it. That’s right, keeping your Swiss francs under your mattress will generate a relative yield to the francs held at this bank. This is a knock on effect of the Swiss central bank trying to maintain parity with and independence from (ha) the euro.
I was recently going through the checkout line and I overheard the cashier talking to the bagger. “Man, if I could just get paid for doing nothin’. That’d be sweet.”
I looked right at the cashier who was all of 18 or so and I said that I disagreed. A really sweet job was one which provided a living while one did meaningful and enriching work. Doing nothing is boring.
Both the cashier and the bagger agreed that meaningful work was better than doing nothing.
The last time Europe “unification” was attempted.
Napoleon tried to do it. Hitler tried to do it. Both failed. Europe in the post medieval era has never been fully conquered. Europe has remained multiple states. Given that it is a continent defined by mountain ranges, peninsulas, and islands this makes sense. It is a landmass of cul-de-sacs. It is not a vast plain which is easily overrun. But now the eurocrats (many unelected) are trying to take over Europe via administrative means.