I’ve suggested a “Bavaria” option, where state GOPs in perma-Bluestan dissolve and reform under a new name that disaffiliates with the national party except for the purposes of the Presidential election. An (admittedly corrupt) example is the “fusion” in New York.
Downstate Illinois is better off demanding a partition (don’t use the word secession due to historic context, only Subcontinentals will hate the word Partition)
If Kurds deserve self-determination, surely farmers in Illinois deserve it more.
It will be especially rhetorically effective with Biden as president. His signature foreign policy plan in the late aughts was to softly partition Iraq into three federalized states so each could function effectively on its own instead of trying to force three separate nations into a single politically unified country. It was a remarkably sensible idea and so nothing became of it.
To balance out the occasional boomer bashing that takes place here, dfordoom opens up on synthetic zoomer socialization:
But if you have 500 people following you on social media then those people are all really really close friends.
If one of the people following you on social media knows someone whose sister works with someone one of whose social media followers died of COVID then the trauma can be so intense that you may have to take stress leave from your job. If you’re a Zoomer.
Regarding AE’s fear that all jobs that can be done remotely are going away, I am really not so sure and the reason why those jobs should stay here is right here on this blog:
The average IQ of an American college graduate is, say 104. That is pretty good on the global scene. If the global average is something like 85, it is going to be very hard for companies to get very far with that. Where are there giant pools of high IQ English speakers overseas who don’t already have 1st world wages? With India we’ve been scraping the cream off the top for a long time, but below that the human capital is not looking too hot.
Actually things are looking up for American workers IMO.
AE — here is something that hasn’t been talked about. Is Google going to be hiring a bunch of people in countries where the average is 85 and the smarties are at 100?
In fact “hire American” is a great excuse for Google to continue practicing the IQ discrimination they are so fond of.
A couple of initial reactions. Firstly, IQ isn’t everything. Despite what the tech executives say publicly, they want a productive workforce rather than an agitating wokeforce. That’s increasingly hard to come by domestically. Secondly, assuming India’s mean IQ to be in the low 80s and normally distributed–a questionable assumption in a country as difficult for outsiders to parse as India–there are over 30 million people in India with IQs above 110.
Perhaps Big Tech will find patriotism and start hiring American. The upshot will be that instead of strip mining India’s native talent, those 30+ million will be able to help India accelerate along its prosperous upward trajectory. It’s probably not the way to bet, but we can hope.
Jay Fink, the least stereotypically Jewish Jew one may ever come across, on the bizarrely mixed messaging coming out of the Trump campaign regarding LAW & ORDER!:
I switched from Democrat to Republican in 1990 when I heard a Dem politician criticize Republicans for wanting to build more jails than schools. As someone with an obsessive hatred towards criminals the Republicans all the sudden became very attractive to me and I have voted straight Republican ever since. Now with Republicans becoming soft on crime, supporting criminal justice reform, criticizing Kamala Harris for locking up criminals, etc. I feel I have no one to vote for.
The backdrop of the November election will be lawless civil unrest in several American cities with the Trump campaign accusing the Biden/Harris ticket of having the chops to restore order and the Biden/Harris campaign vehemently denying it. Strange times we’re living in.
Curmudgeon offers an interesting Old Left take on cops as sympathetic members of the working class:
“The old labor unions” have been warning, for close to 50 years, that off shoring their jobs is bad for the economy, as is free trade. Suddenly, they are the problem. Sure. Get your head out of your arse. The enemy is finance capitalism which is controlled by the international banking cartel. It is they, that own the politicians and get bailouts after they fuck up. Privatized profit, socialized debt. Meanwhile small business owners, the real capitalists, are being thrown under the bus daily, while corporations, with the help of the politicians they own, continue to concentrate control of the economy an the wealth it creates. You cannot defund the corporations without getting rid of the Federal Reserve and Wall Street, and probably the Chicago Futures casino.
If you get deflation with essentially zero interest rates, the Central Bank has to implement a regime of negative interest rates. The only way to pull this off is by banning large holdings of cash (as who would buy a bond with a negative yield if you can own dollars with a positive yield).
The Fed is trapped. Raising rates will cause the entire international credit system to implode. We got a taste of this in late 2018, when the Fed finally began modestly raising rates and the markets responded by immediately taking a nose dive. The fragile state we currently exist in requires extraordinarily low rates. Because of all the debt baked into everything, if borrowing money ceases to be free, interest on the debt will send everything crashing to the ground. The only way to keep the Fed-induced market rally from stalling out in mid-air is to pump it full of even cheaper fuel. But a cash economy cannot tolerate significantly negative interest rates for an extended period of time because prudent people will literally start sticking money under their mattresses. Something has to give.