This is George Carty's Typepad Profile.
Join Typepad and start following George Carty's activity
Join Now!
Already a member? Sign In
George Carty
Recent Activity
Yes, but to implement such unilaterally we'd have to leave the EU. And UKIP aren't advocating this (or any other protectionist measures) AFAIK...
Benefits Street is in my view the real cost of cheap Chinese consumer goods. Why do few people advocate for tariffs in terms of correcting the negative externality (ie higher unemployment) caused by unbalanced trade?
Ralph Musgrave, I think Chris is trying to suggest that Tory apartheid-symps are in some ways similar to the leftist "useful idiots" which became apologists for Stalinism in the 1930s, in the sense that they only saw what they wanted to see when they examined the foreign society in question. The attitudes of liberals and left-wingers to Islam are rather different, based more on the fact that they are intimidated by the sheer tenacity of Islamic belief (NOT by Muslim terrorism may I emphasize). Note that no Muslim population has ever abandoned Islam -- "de-Islamization" of lands (such as the Iberian peninsula and much of the Balkans) was only ever achieved by outright ethnic cleansing. In its bluntest form, the liberal-left attitude to Islam could be described as "better a dhimmi than a génocidaire". FromArseToElbow, The face that the ANC really was dominated by Communists also drove Tory support for apartheid, but the ANC's Marxism was completely understandable for three reasons: 1) After the civil rights movement was brutally smashed post-Sharpeville, it looked like violent revolutionary struggle was the only way forward. And that would require help from the USSR. 2) The "capitalism" of the apartheid regime was hypocritical. Like the Gulf Arab states where citizens live in luxury on the back of brutally exploited immigrant workers, apartheid was in practice Peronism for whites, paid for by semi-slavery for blacks. 3) South Africa was a mining-based economy, and such an economy naturally lends itself to statism. You can hardly move a mine to a lower-tax area!
Why are the good jobs becoming more and more concentrated in London? Could it have been the result of corrupt politicians seeking to maximize the value of their London property portfolios?
Toggle Commented Nov 5, 2013 on Price signals vs culture at Stumbling and Mumbling
I can't understand why Chris wondered why protectionism was popular with one post, while in another claiming that mass unemployment was here to stay. If it isn't possible to do anything about unemployment on a global scale, then this means that countries are locked into a zero-sum competition for jobs. The only way any country in this situation can reduce its unemployment rate is by stealing jobs from foreigners, which is exactly what "protectionism" is all about (and where the Chinese government excels).
Toggle Commented Oct 1, 2013 on Help to work? at Stumbling and Mumbling
Surely people oppose immigration because immigrants increase Britain's benefit bill (either by claiming benefits themselves, or by taking jobs that would otherwise have gone to British citizens).
«Suppose that the USA, Europe and Japan, which are the biggest economies on the planet, all devalued by the same amount to export more: to whom? To North Korea? To Afghanistan? To Somalia?» They probably wouldn't export more, but they'd import a hell of a lot less from China, India and other low-wage countries. Which is kind of the point isn't it?
Toggle Commented Jun 16, 2013 on Origins of the crisis at Stumbling and Mumbling
Actually, the Nazis were supported not just by the lower-middle classes (who were motivated by bigotry), but also by the peasantry (who were motivated by hunger for more land). The Nazis held an annual harvest festival at the Bückeberg (near Hameln) which had an even bigger attendance than the more famous Nuremberg Rallies. They also helped the peasantry by fixing food prices artificially high, with the result that urban workers under the Nazis had to spend almost half of their entire income on food.
Toggle Commented May 29, 2013 on The hollowed middle at Stumbling and Mumbling
Oops, I was trying to link to -- does XHTML markup not work here any more?
Toggle Commented May 18, 2013 on Adam Smith on immigration at Stumbling and Mumbling
Forced marriage in British Asian households (Hindus and Sikhs have been doing it too, not just Muslims) is itself a kind of immigration racket, designed to secure British citizenship for the spouse back in the mother country.
Toggle Commented May 18, 2013 on Adam Smith on immigration at Stumbling and Mumbling
"A" clearly doesn't understand the Reformation -- Martin Luther was of course a vicious Jew-hater, and Calvinist Geneva was almost as repressive as Taliban Afghanistan. What the Muslim world hasn't had is Enlightenment and secularization -- something which perhaps only happened in the West because Western rulers (sickened by the carnage of the 30 Years' War, which dwarfed that of any Sunni/Shi'a conflict) secularized their regimes to prevent a repeat. "Modernity: the nuclear winter of the Reformation." -- Abdal-Hakim Murad (aka Timothy Winter)
Toggle Commented May 16, 2013 on Adam Smith on immigration at Stumbling and Mumbling
Wasn't there a very simple and cynical motivation behind Thatcher's Right to Buy programme? "Once they have mortgages, they'll never strike again!
I'd argue that one of the main drawbacks of religion is that it can freeze in place anachronistic values. Some examples: * The harsh hudud punishments in Islamic law make sense in a time when it was very difficult to actually catch criminals in the first place. * The Judeo-Islamic pork prohibition made sense in the ancient Middle East because pigs competed with humans for grain crops * The natalist bent of Catholicism made sense in a time of high infant mortality, a heavy demand for manual labourers, and an impoverished zero-sum economy which incentivized aggressive war.
Toggle Commented Feb 10, 2013 on Some benefits of religion at Stumbling and Mumbling
Why do so many people view regulatory capture as an insoluble problem? If we can track down and prosecute bent cops, why not captured regulators?
Keith, since you are making the comparison between today's Eurozone and interwar Europe, what do you consider to be the equivalent of World War I itself (ie the massive expense that destabilized the European economy in the first place)? Would the cost of rebuilding Eastern Europe after 40 years of Soviet misrule count?
Toggle Commented May 23, 2012 on A defence of austerity at Stumbling and Mumbling
Switzerland's direct democracy isn't always reasonable (minaret ban anyone)?
Those hotels are probably staffed with Eastern Europeans who are happy to live fifteen to a room for a few years in order to save up for a house (back in their own country, where it is much cheaper than in London). In other words, it is Home-Owner-Ism has destroyed the British work ethic. Why work at all when you'll never be able to earn enough to buy a house?
Toggle Commented Apr 4, 2012 on Remember unemployment? at Stumbling and Mumbling
"Yet Sweden is an EU country and hamstrung by all the EU regulations just as much as the UK." Unless Britain is different from Continental countries in such a way that magnifies the harmful effects of Brussels's edicts. (One could compare with the French "Loi de la laïcité" which though it claims to be religiously neutral, in practice hits Muslims harder than Christians, because Islam is orthopraxic while Christianity is orthodoxic.)
Isn't the economy being choked by a combination of Home-Owner-Ism and expensive energy? Land Value Tax would do something about the first issue, while smashing the anti-nuclear movement (which would include jailing politicians who oppose nuclear due to being in the pocket of fossil fuel profiteers) would do something about the second.
Toggle Commented Mar 31, 2012 on Remember unemployment? at Stumbling and Mumbling
Ralph, doesn't falling domestic productivity just mean though that you get outcompeted by more productive foreigners?
Isn't modern Greece (since its independence from the Ottoman Turks) virtually a third world country that has been unusually generously aided by the West because it was viewed as the "cradle of Western civilization"?
Toggle Commented Nov 5, 2011 on It's not a debt crisis at Stumbling and Mumbling
I think the curvy road layouts of many suburban areas were intended to improve sight lines for drivers in the interests of safety.
1 reply
George Carty is now following The Typepad Team
May 14, 2011