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deletedMar 24Liked by Niccolo Soldo
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Plenty hope if you realize you can’t vote your way out of it.

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The sad part is most provinces are governed by Conservative parties - one just has to look at how bad it is in BC to see what worse case scenario is.

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Yes. Doug Ford’s conservative government certainly loved all the pandemic mandates and shutdowns.

I live in British Columbia on Vancouver Island which is an absolutely gorgeous place. The politics today though are laughable. Our Premier blames extremism and the far right for the rise of the BC Conservatives. Of course, current policies like safe supply and the provincial carbon tax have nothing to do with it.

I was asked to run as a Conservative candidate this year by conservative friends. I last ran as a Green Party candidate in 2002. Miss politicians like WAC Bennett (Social Credit), and Dave Barrett (NDP) that got things done from BC Ferries to the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR). I would take Bill Vanderzalm (Social Credit), or Ujjal Dosanhj (NDP) over our current turds.

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Polievre is no different than Harper....these parties throw up the same, bland characters because they are trapped in a world of their own making.

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You’re welcome. PP is completely cynical, of course, and his wife is bad news. But Harper looks pretty good right now and there is so much low hanging fruit. He’s smart enough to know that he has to do something for his base.

Every Conservative government in my lifetime has been a disappointment other than the first two years of Mike Harris. I think there is some of the same mood from that time where voters are just fed up with everything and demand some action.

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Good post, thank you.

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Damn why did you end with incest kiddies?

You pissed at 🇬🇧?

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Germany's obedience to America is purely superstitious, they don't have to rely on the US, and lately, regarding their business interests around the globe, in Russia and China, what America is demanding is way worse than cracking down on "populists": stop getting cheap energy, and cut ties with the greatest emerging market.

Also, as always, but in the German case doubly so, American military presence, taken for granted, greatly atrophied local forces since the Cold War. Why waste money on playing soldier, if the global bully has a giant base over here?

This subservient status also saves the trouble of having to conduct a foreign policy, which is both unappealing to post-WWII German politicians, and almost always bad for business. Or was, because in this new paradigm, having the balls to stand up to the US is the only way to stay globally competitive.

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Mar 24Liked by Niccolo Soldo

German industry will be globally competitive...it just won't be located in Germany. Much of it will relocate to the US and Latin America and many German firms will get bought out by foreigners. Germany itself will stagnate economically and power will be contested between the Germans and the Africans, Arabs, Turks and Afghans.

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Much of it might just be shutting down and not moving anywhere...

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Mar 24Liked by Niccolo Soldo

Sahra Wagenknecht may be exaggerating when she says Germany has the dumbest government in Europe (there's plenty of competition) but she's not completely off beam.

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Nah I'm convinced is the absolute dumbest. The British elites started dismantling their industry because they figured they could just keep finance in the city and jettison the rest of the country. The American elites started dismantling their industry because they figured they could just keep software and finance on the coasts and jettison the rest of the country. The German elites, having benefitted greatly from those mistakes, are now figuring they can just dismantle their industry and keep -- what exactly?

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Re energy, there's both external (US) and internal pressure (Greens), both of which hate "cheap energy for Germany" for different reasons. Tbh I've read so much Doomberg that I'm now convinced that energy policy basically IS the economy.

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Mar 25Liked by Niccolo Soldo

100% correct. One on one.

Economic growth, fossil fuel and non-fossil consumption: A Pooled Mean Group analysis using proxies for capital https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0140988316302973

'Thus it is concluded that economic growth on its own is insufficient to promote clean energy development'

This is a polite way of saying 'renewables aren't competitive'...

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Just last week, you had a group of 30 countries stating their intent to return to nuclear power in a big way. Renewables seem to be falling out of favour. It's going to be a long road though.

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The Somewheres must Throw off the Chains of the Nowheres.

I want the other nations to make it and my people to make it, kindly have your governments cut ties with mine? This is mutual slavery for our peoples, serving a transnational cunt coward moronic degenerate ruling class … that lives nowhere, and governs from whatever party they’re at… but we live somewhere.

The Somewheres must Throw off the Chains of the Nowheres.

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George, IMO Germany lacks the capacity to stand up for itself. The old leadership classes led the country to ruin and shame. The post-war class structure constrains the emergence of anything like a self-consciously nationalistic leadership. German institutions are adapted for compromise at home and abroad. They are ill-adapted for developing alternatives. I simply cannot imagine any German leader today having the capacity of a Bismarck or Rathenau (or even a Brandt).

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Mar 24·edited Mar 24Liked by Niccolo Soldo

Two tweets capturing the sentiment of the British Right:

"1924: the Anglican Church is the Tory Party at prayer

2024: the Anglican Church is the Tory Party at prayer (both are full of insane Britain-hating pederasts)"

"W-w-where did all the British patriots go? Rule Britannia, britannia rules the waves? (Not the ones in the channel, apparently)"

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Mar 24Liked by Niccolo Soldo

There's clearly a contrafactual version of Canada where none of this is happening. For example, having stabilized the population at 30 million and investing heavily in nuclear power. To think this (or that we could do something similar and recover in a decade or two) is "crazy populism" and "disinformation".

Living in the KW/Guelph/Cambridge it is quite clear from the number of warehouses being built and roads to service them that we're all in restructuring the economy around shipping and cheap labour to make that happen. The demographic changes even in the last two and a half years since I moved here are stunning.

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Mar 24Liked by Niccolo Soldo

Coming back to visit (after a 5 year break) my wife and I were shocked at how much had changed - from the high rise tower’s every to the homeless encampments to the never ending shopping malls (Fisherhallman area I believe) - KW has lost it's small town charms and become just another Toronto. My family is telling me they eant to put up 50 more towers in Waterloo!

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Mar 24Liked by Niccolo Soldo

Canadaist.

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Mar 24Liked by Niccolo Soldo

Canuckistan.

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Mar 24Liked by Niccolo Soldo

Cuckanadastan

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Mar 24Liked by Niccolo Soldo

You have got to hand it to the Canadian authorities: they have no illusions and are fully resolved to stay in charge no matter what. But it is quite a gamble to rely on censorship as the central means of control.

Canada is pioneering new forms of governance suitable for a society in managed decline. It is all very chilling.

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Mar 24Liked by Niccolo Soldo

Can’t locate it right now but one of Michael Shellenberger’s articles or notes has a great photo of Arif Virilenanny surrounded by people I suppose hold political office over there. Never saw anything so perfectly Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

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Mar 24Liked by Niccolo Soldo

polite, compliant, not overly religious or pious, very agnostic. almost like its the perfect social and cultural combinations for success. similar in the other common wealth countries.

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Mar 24Liked by Niccolo Soldo

gladwell may have touched on some of this in outliers. power-distance-index. i wonder how countries’ power-distance-indices compare

to their compliance with covid lockdowns, vaccine mandates, censorship, etc.?

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Mar 24Liked by Niccolo Soldo

gladwell highlighted the US’s power-distance-index was the lowest in the world. americans were most likely to question authority and speak their mind regardless of social status. gladwell pointed out that the US was the only western country without a socialized medical system. that was before obamacare became law/tax/penalty. in hindsight that seems to have been a significant slope downward to where we are now.

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It’s going to be even funnier when from desperation the Sikhs and Indians channel Clive, and we 🇺🇸 have Sub Continental blood feuds to the North.

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Mar 24Liked by Niccolo Soldo

Just that Canada is the one in the news at the moment. Don't kid yourself that the phenomenon is limited to that country.

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I have long said that we are ruled, not my well-meaning bumblers, but by outright sociopaths.

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Nothing expresses the cold-blooded, calculating nature of the Canadian state better than MAiD. Canada can't afford to pay for sick boomers; therefore, it will graciously allow them to kill themselves, and then encourage them to do so.

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Rule by Actuary Tables

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Thanks very much for this, esp the piece on Canada. Never understood why western elites don't co-opt "populist" ideas on immigration restriction. If they did, voters probably wouldn't be as restive, and they could even continue promiscuous foreign interventions and over financializing the economy!

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Mar 24Liked by Niccolo Soldo

Immigration restriction would curb the capacity of the elites to play at being god. Foreign interventions and deindustrialisation are not enough. The elites want to govern the West along Third World lines and a population with Third World expectations is essential to achieve this.

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Mar 24Liked by Niccolo Soldo

That’s Australians for you.

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Mar 24Liked by Niccolo Soldo

it is pretty odd that our globalist ownership class could pretty much lock in center-left rule across the West if they simply put controls on immigration and took seriously the idea of a border as crucial for a nation-state.

im thinking the reasons are ideological—mass immigration aka the movement of anyone to anywhere is a sacred belief for them, as they think of borders and nations as antiquated and even bigoted;

then social and/or political—university-educated young people think of mass immigration as "compassionate" and even just the image of a white person saying NO to a black/brown person equates in their minds with intolerable oppression and this is the same for its Brahmin Left donor class;

and then of course the economic reasons—it seems like the West has become addicted to cheap labor as a way to stave off recession, and to keep asset prices and the stock market rising.

thus they have backed themselves into a project of erasing nations and "supplementing" their traditional populations, and since they can't come out and admit this (and certainly not campaign on it), they have decided to try to chloroform all dissent and dissenters.

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Mar 25Liked by Niccolo Soldo

And never forget cheap labour which allows what is left of the middle class to get an occasional taste of domestic service when they pick up fast food or get the grass mown...nothing like attentive staff to get the endocrine system purring. Slave labour brought down Rome (via depressed productivity and disincentives to innovate); cheap labour will do the same for us.

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Interesting point about Rome.

In Canada GDP per capita is down. Productivity per capita is down too.

And my nation has never been one to spend much on Research and Development (R&D).

Trudeau: Nero 2.0

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They're making too much money from immigration. Lower wages, higher rents. Plus padding the voter roles with imported clients. Next to all that, restive natives are simply the cost of doing business.

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Mar 25Liked by Niccolo Soldo

The economic explanations I buy, padding voter roles not so much. Everything is short term Goodharting to make number go up this quarter, they're all high time preference optimizers and not very smart, certainly not very technical. That model explains so much of what is going on. I kinda wish there was a conspiracy, that would mean someone was in charge. It's idiots and broken incentives all the way down.

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More people in Canada (around 40 million with about 900,000 international students) equals more grocery shopping and phone plans. So Loblaws, Sobeys, Rogers and Telus (grocery chains and telecommunications companies) ain’t complaining.

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Correct. If you're in the position of extracting wealth from GDP, increasing GDP makes you wealthier, and that per capita GDP doesn't improve is no concern.

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I think the voter rolls piece, while perhaps overblown a bit at the moment, will become an enormous factor once they complete the task of erasing any distinction associated with citizenship. They made the transition from "aliens" to "noncitizens" a while back and here at the office a couple weeks back was my first exposure to the new term, "newcomers". I don't know how far away it is, but voting will be for anyone on US soil or with demonstrated ties to the country anywhere in the world by the time I'm dead, which really cannot come soon enough!

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Mar 24Liked by Niccolo Soldo

"I’ll go one step further: if you want to blunt the rise of populism, it’s best to co-opt some of their key policies in order to deflate them. Believe it or not, but doing what the people want actually earns you votes."

What are you, some kind of Putin Hitler lover racist man?!

*sigh*

It's really that simple, and yet.

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Mar 24Liked by Niccolo Soldo

Objecting to censorship is….wossname….liberal!

Niccolò Soldo, spokeszombie for the Liberal Party of Canada. Sad day Cultural Marxism soils the annals of FbF. Somehow inevitable. Comes of sharing a very long piece, weakly.

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Mar 24·edited Mar 24Liked by Niccolo Soldo

The UK led the West into the age of liberalism and is now leading the Anglosphere out of it and into a civilisational melt-down. The disease has gone way beyond anything that politicians - even if we actually had some effective ones - can now solve. The disease is right through the Civil Service, Education System, Legal System, Police and Military. To take just one bizarre example: this mind-boggling recent story about the experience of someone on a civil service ‘counter -terrorism training course’. What it reveals is basically that the very body set up by the government to COUNTER terrorism (Prevent) is full of people who think countering terrorism is 'RACIST'! https://fathomjournal.org/scandalous-indoctrination-inside-a-kings-college-counter-terrorism-course-for-uk-civil-servants What do you do about people who are THAT full of shit? https://grahamcunningham.substack.com/p/invasion-of-the-virtue-signallers

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Start liking it.

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Mar 24Liked by Niccolo Soldo

It sounds too unbelievable to be true, but it actually is true: Canada is readying itself to throw people into prison for what they say, and to put people under house arrest for “pre-crime”:

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Minority Report 2: Pre-Thought-Crime Unit Boogaloo.

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Mar 24Liked by Niccolo Soldo

Sic semper tyrannis

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Yeah Tyranny usually wins, thus always

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Mar 24Liked by Niccolo Soldo

Kagan isn't as much of a "historian" as a neocon Washington swamp demon married to his forever war bride, Victoria Nuland.

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Mar 24Liked by Niccolo Soldo

The beauty of censorship is that it reveals the regime's fears and exposes the regime to pushback from below.

The danger for us is not censorship per se, but the possibility of the public simply accepting censorship as legitimate. The danger for the regime is that the imposition of censorship accelerates the collapse in public confidence and trust.

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Mar 24Liked by Niccolo Soldo

Thank you for another excellent survey of compelling think pieces, good sir.

They suggest to me that a main problem with the late baby boomer/early generation X leadership we have is that they have an appalling lack of vision or creativity. The “really big idea” they had was to liberalize trade, as noted. But that seems to have been born from the failure of the Soviet bloc, in which they had at best marginal roles. Sure they observed it. So, without any historical context, or thinking, they must’ve just thought managing world affairs was easy when they got to the helm.

And now, 30 years on, the developed world is literally facing bankruptcy—morally and economically. Here in the US, for instance, our Treasury markets are exploding, and the official narrative is that all is fine—it can be managed. Leaving the social/moral issues out bc they can get real testy. And the answers to these problems governments offer are surely worse—more gov’t intervention/less freedom, and more moral ambiguity/less human flourishing.

I keep asking, when will the 21st Century really start?

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I'm thinking it started in 2016 with Brexit and Trump.

Donnie is our Gavrilo Princip.

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I think it started in 2008 with the bailouts and everything that followed: monetary easing, negative interest rates and Soetoro (Chicago Congoid Javanese...the scourge of God).

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