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About the Euro crisis: the experts are wrong; the German people are right.

The great and wise tell us that the European unification project — of which the Euro is now center state — is good.  And the foolish German people are short-sighted and foolish to oppose aid to Greece that’s necessary to preserve it.  They’re wrong.  The German people are right. From Eurointelligence’s coverage of the crisis: “The …

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The periphery of Europe – a flashpoint to the global economy

Introduction:  This is the fourth in a series of dashed off speculative opinions.  Normal procedure on the FM website for these topics would be 3 thousand word posts, supported by dozens of links.  I dont’ have the time to finish them, and too many of these outlines have accumulated in my drafts file.  Perhaps these will spark useful debate …

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Media madness #2 – their lies and ignorance make us stupid

An ongoing series at the FM website describes how we’re ignorant because we read the newspapers.  Today’s example comes from USA Today:   “Americans’ tax burden is lightest in developed world“, 25 November 2009 — Excerpt: You’d never know it from all the cable news chatter, but Americans bear the lightest tax burden in the developed world. Total …

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Confirmation in the news of things you already read on the FM site

Usually these weekend posts examine unexpected ways in which the world is changing.  Here we do the opposite, matching current news with past posts from this site. “Stimulus Thinking, and Nuance“, New York Times, 1 April 2009 — About Hitler’s economic policies, one of the keys to his success. “The Water-War Myth“, Jack Shafer, Slate, …

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Everything written about the economic crisis overlooks its true nature

Summary:   This site opened in November 2007 with three posts about this crisis, describing it as End of the post-WWII geopolitical regime.  Until we and our leaders understand this, we can neither appropriately respond to events nor prepare for future problems.  While the title overstates the situation (there are many who understand), it captures the key mental barrier we …

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