Randoms of the past weeks: part 2

– A talk from Anomoly UK.

We should be more pagan.

– The world’s best parallel parker is . . . an Asian guy.

Disraeli on establishing democracy.

– Yglesias wonders why we’re collecting taxes. After all, USGs’ borrowing costs are super low. In 2004, mortgage rates were super low, and obviously it would have been awesome if you’d followed the same logic and bought as many houses as possible.

– Russell Kirk on democracy.

– Gay marriage is about to become legal everywhere.

– Spandrell on Byzantium.

– More Spandrell on money and happiness and betatude.

Neocolonialism (HT):

Both The Trouble With Africa and Paul Romer’s article appear to call for a form of neo-colonialism. A relentless flow of empirical evidence from Harare to Haiti and from Dakar to Detroit shows that “black”-dominated administrations follow a familiar path. They destroy established structures, leading to degradation, ruin, and chaos.

(Related thoughts here)


8 Responses to Randoms of the past weeks: part 2

  1. Will S. says:

    Thanks Foseti!

  2. Alrenous says:

    When Somalia’s government collapsed, it immediately started to get better. One salient feature is that without a government, it becomes unfeasible for the international community to meddle.

    What would Africa be like if its dictators weren’t being paid fifty billion a year to keep sucking?

    I get extremely suspicious when someone’s solution to meddlesome elites is different meddlesome elites.

    If Hannes Wessels had seen the shitholes his distant ancestors lived in, would his logic show they were also doomed?

  3. Will S. says:

    ‘Lest we be accused of misrepresenting their views, actual Libertarians have been kicking around this take on Somalia with a straight face for some time now. No shit: http://mises.org/story/2066

    A more nuanced completely insane view is that Somalia has been awesome-ized by Anarchism, not Libertarianism. http://www.reason.com/blog/show/117519.html.
    Fair ’nuff, but as far as we can tell the difference between a Libertarian and an Anarchist usually seems to be a bachelor’s degree.’

    • Will S. says:

      Mind you, Somalia has a ‘government’, albeit not a real one that truly challenges the local warlords; just one that wastes international aid money (jus like the dictatorships all around it, throughout Africa).


      • Alrenous says:

        Specifically, Mogadishu had a government. Internally recognized and everything. Mogadishu was, correspondingly, still an utter hellhole.

        These days some southern Islamic faction has placed most of Somalia under its thumb.

    • sconzey says:

      The nuance here is that Somalia isn’t actually a nation, per se. I count four key regions of Somalia. Awdal and Somaliland in the north west are the two areas that Libertarians are talking about when they say ‘Somalia isn’t that bad’. The British colonists didn’t destroy the traditional tribal government system here and after the fall of the Barre regime, something resembling a stable order was able to reform.

      Puntland in the northeast as I understand it is peaceful, but has a largely ineffective central government.

      The South would be peaceful (albeit a theocratic hellhole) as it’s governed by the Islamic Courts Union, except that the USG keep throwing any ally/puppet regime they can at it in an attempt to overthrow the radical Islamist government.

      Then there’s a band of warring warlords between Puntland and the south, which is where Mogadishu lies. I’m not sure what life’s like there, except that’s usually where the stories of really bad shit going down occur.

  4. spandrell says:

    Rod Dreher was a Methodist who converted to Catholicism, then to Orthodoxy, and now is praising Paganism? What’s next? Fertility goddess?

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