The Intellectual Yet Idiot (The king(s) has no clothes)

He can’t even run his own life, I’ll be damned if he’ll run mine…” – Johnathan Edwards

How do these know-it-alls get into office in the first place? How do people who seriously (and probably honestly) think they have the capacity to run your life – despite the fact that they appear unable to run their own lives – get to become president, senator, congressperson?

Much of it is that a certain part of the population is simply prone to bullshit.

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Unrelenting immigration is easy for those rich enough (often through crony capitalism) to mitigate the impact

Peggy Noonan writes in the Wall Street Journal of a fundamental disconnect between what she refers to as “elites” (I despise this term, many, if not most people in power I have met are not what I would call “elite.”) and their indifference to the pressures which come from massive immigration. She makes an important point. A giant increase in immigration flows isn’t going to really impact the circle Angela Merkle runs in, except that perhaps the people in this circle will be able to pay their gardeners even less.

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New attempt to conquer Europe: France’s Hollande Proposes Creation of Euro-Zone Government

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.

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Greece’s Problems Explained in Six Charts (and one movie clip)

See, now that we know what the problems are, getting the whole Greek economic crisis thing under control should be pretty easy.

Ha!

Mohamed El-Erian says the Greek “no” vote is like this scene from the classic movie Network.

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Davos Capitalism, Top Down and Centrally Planned

Last week many of the world’s leaders gathered in the tiny Swiss ski resort of Davos to discuss the state of the world and to determine its future direction (to the extent they can direct it at all). In the attached article The Acton Institute examines the highly managed “Davos Capitalism” and the call this year at Davos for a “New Social Covenant.”

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