Why They’ll Blink

As usual, the international media prefers panic to calm. Therefore, most analyses of the Greek situation you read openly speculate about Greece leaving (or being forced to leave) the Euro. It’s not that it’s completely out of the question; there’s a real danger to be sure. But my money (not literally, though – at least…

Germany’s Fault: Now More Than Ever

A sentence about the situation in Greece, since it’s Kind of a Big Deal: it continues to be mostly Germany’s fault. I am the last person to defend Greece’s "economic" model. Borrow money cheap, lie about how much you’ve borrowed, spend it on unproductive things and allow people to massively cheat on their taxes is…

Federal Republic of Britain

Chris Bertram has an interesting post on Crooked Timber called Eine Bundesrepublik Britannien? speculating that the push for Scottish secession is symptomatic of structural problems in the UK. I agree. His proposed solution – and, to be fair, it’s only a “what do you think of this?” suggestion – is to make a kind of…

Free Banking With or Without Scotland

With polls shockingly close ahead of next week’s referendum on Scottish independence, the Adam Smith Institute has an interesting piece up called How Scotland could flourish by unilaterally keeping the pound. Read it for yourself, of course, but the condensed argument is that it would do it by instituting a modern version of the free…

Retaliate When?

So it seems like most of what I do on Facebook now is argue about Israel. No apologies – I find this controversy fascinating. Today’s theme was another tiresome thing Israel supporters do, which is assume that the only true motive Palestinian terrorists have for attacking Israel is anti-semitism. This one’s subtle, because it’s undeniable…

When Forrest Gump Doesn’t Even Try

Recently I’ve been venting some frustrations with Israel supporters on this blog – in a nutshell, that they have a tendency to want to abstract away any context and just focus on something egregious their enemies have done as a way of fostering a false moral clarity. They typically argue as though whatever this egregious…

When Forest Gump is Wrong

Awesome Facebook comment of the day: I only know two factual things about this because nearly all information on it is being manipulated for one side or the other’s purpose. 1. Fighting anyone because of a belief, religion or any other, is ludicrous. 2. Neutral U.N. sources have confirmed Palestinian housing of weapons of war…

Anti-anti-semites are often Anti-Criticism – An Example

Something that is making the rounds on Facebook today: this instruction guide on how to critize Israel without being anti-semitic. Like most right-thinking people, I find these guides mildly offensive (because they presume, however subtly or unconsciously, that the burden is on anyone criticising Israel to self-diagnose anti-Semitism when actually they’re more often than not…