Western ‘killer apps’ Niall Ferguson forgot to mention

December 25, 2011 § Leave a comment

Niall Ferguson’s list of “killer apps” behind the West’s hegemony — which China has mastered, makes hegemony sound so, like omg! kewl! Like an iPhone. Like completely and totally tacky and tasteless.

To put a finer point on it, the glib globalist neglects the most obvious killer app the West has launched against civilization after civilization to clear the way: it’s called “genocide.”

Another app that works closely with that one is, “stealing people’s land.” (Perhaps that’s incorporated in his “private property” app?)

Oops. Not sounding so kewl now.

Genocide and its partner, land theft, are the original sins of all so-called civilizations, including, of course, the Anglo-American. Every war is about control of land — in the broad sense of land masses, valuable resources, strategic locations and corridors for roads, pipelines and oil tankers, airspace, airwaves, etc.

Sure, you can capture the people and enslave them, but it’s far better to just wipe them out, since your own country has plenty of politically-surplused humanity. Send them off to the conquered land, as free people, as indentured servants, as permanent garrisons….

up against the Wal

December 15, 2011 § Leave a comment

In noting growing opposition to Walmart-ization in India, Lila Rajiva over at Mindbodypolitic says:

Any corporation that large only got that way because of regulation, cheap money, federal courts etc….

My reply:

I hate Wall[Of China]Mart and prefer American.

But all being equal, today I’m on the free trade side of the fence. Thing is, to my knowledge we never have had free trade internationally. If we did — starting with freeing *domestic* trade from dumb taxation and regulation — I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t matter what China did with its currency, labor policies, etc. Americans would be able to start making things again and would prefer to invest and buy American manufactured goods. Wall Mart would lose its artificial lustre.

More so than price, I worry about safety with Chinese goods. I really prefer drywall, toothpaste, toys, etc without the cancer-causing chemicals. I’m not sure whether current trade deals or “statuses” hinder safety enforcement.

Getting back to corporate gigantism, the whole tax structure, federal to local, favors it. Big guys like most taxes and many regs since they fall comparatively harder on small biz. For the biggies it’s just a nuisance they pay people to handle. For mom and pop (or hipster guy + girl, or insert preferred archetype) it can be the end.

The real estate tax in most localities taxes the wrong thing, therefore penalizes what most people want and subsidizes what most don’t want: sprawl, big-boxism, uglification. « Read the rest of this entry »

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December 4, 2011 § Leave a comment

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