Category Archives: Globalization

Real estate expert documents France “Coming Apart”

From Christopher Caldwell at City Journal,

[Christophe] Guilluy doubts that anyplace exists in France’s new economy for working people as we’ve traditionally understood them. Paris offers the most striking case. As it has prospered, the City of Light has stratified, resembling, in this regard, London or American cities such as New York and San Francisco. It’s a place for millionaires, immigrants, tourists, and the young, with no room for the median Frenchman. Paris now drives out the people once thought of as synonymous with the city.

Yet economic opportunities for those unable to prosper in Paris are lacking elsewhere in France. Journalists and politicians assume that the stratification of France’s flourishing metropoles results from a glitch in the workings of globalization. Somehow, the rich parts of France have failed to impart their magical formula to the poor ones. Fixing the problem, at least for certain politicians and policy experts, involves coming up with a clever shortcut: perhaps, say, if Romorantin had free wireless, its citizens would soon find themselves wealthy, too. Guilluy disagrees. For him, there’s no reason to expect that Paris (and France’s other dynamic spots) will generate a new middle class or to assume that broad-based prosperity will develop elsewhere in the country (which happens to be where the majority of the population live). If he is right, we can understand why every major Western country has seen the rise of political movements taking aim at the present system.

In France, political correctness is more than a ridiculous set of opinions; it’s also—and primarily—a tool of government coercion. Not only does it tilt any political discussion in favor of one set of arguments; it also gives the ruling class a doubt-expelling myth that provides a constant boost to morale and esprit de corps, much as class systems did in the days before democracy. People tend to snicker when the question of political correctness is raised: its practitioners because no one wants to be thought politically correct; and its targets because no one wants to admit to being coerced. But it determines the current polarity in French politics. Where you stand depends largely on whether you believe that antiracism is a sincere response to a genuine upsurge of public hatred or an opportunistic posture for elites seeking to justify their rule.

Guilluy is ambivalent on the question…  More.

Reality check: Except for the elite, globalization averages things. A step up for the immigrant busboy; a step down for the once-employed French deplorables. Then there is the fun, for elite virtue-signallers, of sneering at the latter group’s unhappiness.  And enjoying the thrill of a mild, containable panic over the possible return of fascism..

See also: How did “populism” become such a dirty word? A left-wing journalist offers some thoughts

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Has everyone forgotten that the Obama campaign decided to desert white working class voters in 2012? So why are progressive mental basement dwellers still flooding the internet with nonsense about the alt right, fake news, and the Russians in US politics?

Pope Lays Out Global Marxist Agenda

The list of left-wing causes in the pope’s address was extensive. Bennis noted “his calls to protect the rights of immigrants and refugees, end the death penalty, preserve the planet from the ravages of climate change, and defend the poor and dispossessed.” And then there was the attack on the policies of peace through strength, which keep us free.

Are you sure he isn’t a Muslim?

There is something rotten in these United States…

Over the past 18 months we have brought various pieces of grim news about the United States’ population health. We looked at the rise in the mortality rate of middle-class whites, the rise in the American suicide rate, and the downturn in the United States’ life expectancy in 2015. My concern that there was an American underclass that was not getting much coverage in most media outlets was strengthened by the unpredicted Trump victory. But I was not aware how bad things are outside the “bubble” until I recently read this piece by demographer Nicholas Eberstadt. It’s entitled “Our Miserable 21st Century” and it certainly makes a powerful argument that, for many Americans, life is not getting better. In fact, the first 16 years of this century have seen their lives get worse. 

What’s So Bad About Globalism?

As far as I can tell, globalism is a scheme concocted by the rich to destroy the working and middle classes through worldwide financial imperialism.

I have a strong hunch that globalism is also a plot hatched to obliterate indigenous cultures and real human differences under the deceptive ruses of “multiculturalism” and “diversity.”

This is why I’m confused whenever I hear someone say they hate “the rich,” oppose “imperialism,” and support “the working class” while being an unquestioning cheerleader for open borders and global government.

President-Elect Trump: ‘There Is No Global Anthem. No Global Currency…’

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If you missed President-elect Trump’s post-victory “Thank You” rally in Cincinnati, Ohio Thursday night, you missed a real treat. He was on FIRE. Of course, members of the mainstream media found plenty of reasons to criticize him, but that was going to happen no matter what. The entire speech had the same vibe as his pre-election campaign rallies. He was super relaxed and fun and likable. He called out the mainstream media, discussed his plans for the future and dropped a few lines that had me rolling.

Saudi blogger faces more lashes. Is Euro prez Schultz fit to govern?

Last I heard, as of October 19, 2016, at BBC:

A Canadian foundation campaigning for his release said a source had told it the flogging could happen at any time.

European Parliament President Martin Schulz, who gave Mr Badawi the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought in 2015, said he was shocked and saddened.

Saddened, doubtless, but is Schulz fit to govern if he is “shocked”?

This Reuters header says it all:  U.N. torture watchdog urges Saudi to halt flogging, amputations

When one is reduced to depending on the UN, that may be even worse than depending on the Eurocrats. Brexit happened not a moment too soon… Provided, that is, it becomes possible to speak honestly in England again.

The 32 year old was sentenced in 2014 to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes for “insulting Islam” online.

There was an international outcry after he received the first 50 lashes in public in January 2015, and he has not been flogged since.

Mouse under the cat’s paw…

Badawi’s wife Ensaf Haidar, who fled to the Canadian province of Quebec with the couple’s three children in 2012 following an attempt on her husband’s life, told Deutsche Welle on Tuesday: “I was totally shocked by the news. I’m worried and scared that they’ll carrying on whipping him.” More.

Reality check: It’s all our fault, of course, for not understanding and admiring Islam.

And remember, globalization does not mean bringing civil liberties to unfree nations; it means averaging them between formerly free and unfree.  So the safety of all of us depends on the clued-in-ness of people like President Schultz and his North American counterparts.

It won’t be too long before the Sakharov Prize become dangerous to accept. If it isn’t now – unless, of course, one is just writing worthy but dismissible drivel. Which is probably where the Prize is headed.

Civil libertarians, especially writers and other intellectuals, often pretend to see artistic merit in whatever form of human expression is threatened by the prosecutor or the censor. Frankly, I have never felt the need for that. It is not necessary to defend people’s tastes or views in order to defend their right to have and express them. – George Jonas, “Throwing the Book at Pages” (1985)

See also: Free speech an offence at historic Tufts U. But Tufts isn’t allowed to use torture.

Another Climate “Landmark”

The new accord to limit hydrofluorocarbons isn’t a historic achievement—it’s a sham.

In Kigali, Rwanda, on Saturday, negotiators concluded a global agreement to limit use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), a potent set of greenhouse gases. The “landmark” deal, if one takes the White House at its word, is a critical step in the fight against climate change. Last year’s “landmark” agreement in Paris placed the world on a path to just 2.7°C of warming; Kigali itself purportedly achieves a 0.5°C reduction. The New York Times reports that Kigali “could have an equal or even greater impact” than the Paris agreement. It would seem that the goal of holding warming to less than 2°C above preindustrial temperatures—considered the “magic number” by climate watchers—is now within reach.

But nobody really believes that.

What Globalization is all about: Underpaid, illegal migrants caught working Tuscan estate owned by Sting

Pompous ass rock star Sting, whose new album is inspired by Europe’s migration crisis, has unwittingly had underpaid, illegal asylum seekers working on his estate in Tuscany’s “Chiantishire”, an investigation has revealed.

Set amid the wooded hills and neatly-ordered vineyards of the Chianti region, the estate produces award-winning wine, virgin olive oil and pots of honey.

The allegations came to light as part of a wide-ranging investigation by Italian police and prosecutors into the use of refugees and asylum seekers from Africa and Asia on estates in Tuscany.

“Unwittingly” – Sure Sting sure…

At the end of the day this is really what globalization is all about.

Climate elitists wage war on regular people

The elites are laughing at the suffering climate zealotry is causing regular people. Literally. There was no greater sign of the climate elitists’ assault on regular folks than a recent exchange in the House of Commons.

Conservative MP Lisa Raitt stood up in question period Wednesday to tell stories about families she knew who were having trouble paying the bills and were worried about the national carbon tax the Liberals are mandating the provinces to introduce.

She got through one anecdote and decorum seemed to hold. But once she started her second story, before she’d even really gotten into it, the Liberals started to groan and heckle and guffaw at her. Raitt was shocked.

As she should be.

Pew: Trust in climate science low among Republicans, high among liberal Democrats

Not that we didn’t know that. From survey research firm Pew

Political fissures on climate issues extend far beyond beliefs about whether climate change is occurring and whether humans are playing a role, according to a new, in-depth survey by Pew Research Center. These divisions reach across every dimension of the climate debate, down to people’s basic trust in the motivations that drive climate scientists to conduct their research.

Specifically, the survey finds wide political divides in views of the potential for devastation to the Earth’s ecosystems and what might be done to address any climate impacts. There are also major divides in the way partisans interpret the current scientific discussion over climate, with the political left and right having vastly divergent perceptions of modern scientific consensus, differing levels of trust in the information they get from professional researchers, and different views as to whether it is the quest for knowledge or the quest for professional advancement that drives climate scientists in their work.More.

Reality check: Republican voters tend principally to be producers, for whom taxes, tolls, legislation, blather, and street drama basically raise costs, costs they must pass on to custoers. Liberal democrats tend to be talkers, for whom all those features are actually benefits, from which they will derive income. To say nothing of the opportunities that will come if they can just start censoring and enforcing, as is now mooted

See also: Bill Nye would criminalize dissent from human-caused global warming claims.

Chinese corner-cutting in the new global world

From James Palmer at Aeon:

In our apartment in central Beijing, we fight a daily rearguard action against entropy. The mirror on my wardrobe came off its hinges six months ago and is now propped up against the wall, one of many furnishing casualties. Each of our light fittings takes a different bulb, and a quarter of them are permanently broken. In the bedroom, the ceiling-high air-conditioning unit runs its moisture through a hole knocked in the wall, stuffed with an old cloth to avoid leakage, while the balcony door, its sealant rotted, has a towel handy to block the rain when it pours through. On the steps outside our door, I duck my head every day to avoid the thick tangle of hanging wires that brings power and the internet; when the wind is up, connections slow as cables swing.

The apartment is five years old. By Chinese standards, it’s far better than the average. Our toilet works, while in many of my friends’ houses, flushing the loo is a hydraulic operation akin to controlling the Nile floods. The sockets do not flash blue sparks when plugged in, and all but two work. None of the lightbulbs have ever exploded; and the mirror merely broke away, rather than falling spontaneously from the frame. The shower is not placed next to the apartment’s central wiring and protected by nothing more than rotting drywall. More.

Reality check: Let me say it again: globalization does not mean that North American standards will become general. If they did, we should all rejoice. In reality, standards will be averaged, whether on necessities of life, consumer goods, or civil liberties. If you stand to benefit, vote for globalization, If you don’t, hold out for a better offer.

Note: It’s hard to image but in the mid-nineteenth century, Timothy Eaton (1834-1907) revolutionized Canadian retailing with his slogan: Goods satisfactory or money refunded.

His store is now history but one could keep the flame alive. First, let’s all reduce our consumption of Twit rhetoric about pan-culturalism and globalization.

See also: First China, now Iran, for science fraud Of course, the Iranian problem is slightly different from the one we discussed with China because the papers bought in Iran may be better than the ones the students would have written. It’s the students that are fakes, not necessarily the data.

Survey results: Political correctness makes people stupid: Part II Maclean’s

Business Survey Reveals Elites’ Disregard of the Immigration Costs Paid by Americans

A new survey shows vast gaps between the opinion of elites and of ordinary Americans about the burdens and costs of cheap-labor immigration.

Twenty-seven percent of Democratic supporters, but only four percent of Democratic Party elites, said they agree that that large-scale immigration is a “critical threat.” That’s a 23-point gap, or a seven-fold difference between leaders and led in the Democratic coalition.

In some ways, that gap in the Democratic Party is larger than the gap in the GOP, which has torn itself in two this year over the issue.

Sixty-seven percent of GOP supporters, but only 16 percent of GOP leaders, see large number of immigrants as a critical threat. That’s a larger 51-point gap, but a smaller four-fold difference of opinion between elites and ordinary GOP members, than seen in the Democratic Party.

Speaking of elites… The CBC’s screechy preachy Neil MacDonald misses the point entirely…

Reaching for the top while bashing the elites: Kellie Leitch picks up the cudgel