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Grexit

So Greece voted no.  Top economists recommended they do so, and that’s why they’re economists, not politicians.

Worst case scenario, Greece will be forced to leave the Eurozone and the European Union.  Still struggling financially, they’ll be pushed into the arms of their Orthodox brethren in Russia. Greece will degenerate into a nationalist dictatorship.  Maybe they’ll try to annex Cyprus.  Worst case scenario.

Austerity is not fun, but, I don’t know, it’s sort of the price you pay when governments run huge deficits for decades and you the people keep voting such people back into office.  Seriously, just don’t get into debt.  That is just good advice for everyone.  Sometimes debt is unavoidable.  But you should still consider it a personal failure.  The Euro was a dumb idea.  It really was.

“Nobel” laureate Joseph Stiglitz wrote that “a no vote would at least open the possibility that Greece, with its strong democratic tradition, might grasp its destiny in its own hands.”  Mr. Stiglitz seems to be confused. A number of cities, mainly one, in Greece, thousands of years ago, had a strong democratic tradition for men.  There’s some democracy in the modern era, but Greek history has been largely dominated by tyrants, emperors, meddling monarchs and military dictators.

Maybe everything will be alright.  You never know.

Multiculturalism Is Doomed to Fail

Meant to post this awhile ago…

Much ado has been made about Chancellor Merkel’s comments in regards to multiculturalism in Germany, that it has “utterly failed.”  At least they tried.  Certain former leaders of Germany were decidedly against multicultarism.

But frankly, I’m not surprised.  Multiculturalism is doomed to fail because too many immigrants are stuck in their ways, unwilling to integrate themselves into their new home.  This is partly why the whole idea of emigration has always baffled me.  Here you have people who are so proud of their country that they decide to leave it.  Huh?  Sure, many countries are poorer but if you truly loved your country you would stay there and try to build it into something great.  Of course the receiving nations’s national pride often evolves into xenophobia which is never a good thing but is worse if your country is the kind of place people like to immigrate to.

Of course it goes without saying that this doesn’t apply to refugees.  Refugees are those that leave their homes due to persecution: they don’t have a choice.  I love refugees, but said love has little to do with the people themselves.  I love refugees because I jump at any and every chance to ridicule foreign states possessing subpar human rights records.

Now here comes the twist: none of this applies to Canada, and to a lesser extent, Australia.  Founded by British subjects and populated with an assortment of European immigrants, our two countries were forged in the fire of the two world wars.  Since then it has become increasingly evident that our national identities are fairly shallow.

The Canadian nation began to die after the fall of the Diefenbaker government and we’ve been constitutionally multicultural since 1982.  As for down under, after the demise of White Australia their proximity to Asia and it’s plethora of unpleasant regimes made mass immigration inevitable.  With each passing year the Anzac legend dies a little bit more. Canada is beyond hope but republicanism could still save Australia, provided they want to be saved.

And it is only here, in countries void of a strong central identity, that multiculturalism can truly flourish.