Wednesday, January 30, 2008
An excellent article by George Friedman...
This leaves the option of treating the issue as a military rather than police action. That would mean attacking the cartels as if they were a military force rather than a criminal group. It would mean that procedural rules would not be in place, and that the cartels would be treated as an enemy army. Leaving aside the complexities of U.S.-Mexican relations, cartels flourish by being hard to distinguish from the general population. This strategy not only would turn the cartels into a guerrilla force, it would treat northern Mexico as hostile occupied territory. Don’t even think of that possibility, absent a draft under which college-age Americans from upper-middle-class families would be sent to patrol Mexico — and be killed and wounded. The United States does not need a Gaza Strip on its southern border, so this won’t happen.
The likely course is a multigenerational pattern of instability along the border. More important, there will be a substantial transfer of wealth from the United States to Mexico in return for an intrinsically low-cost consumable product — drugs. This will be one of the sources of capital that will build the Mexican economy, which today is 14th largest in the world. The accumulation of drug money is and will continue finding its way into the Mexican economy, creating a pool of investment capital. The children and grandchildren of the Zetas will be running banks, running for president, building art museums and telling amusing anecdotes about how grandpa made his money running blow into Nuevo Laredo.
It will also destabilize the U.S. Southwest while grandpa makes his pile. As is frequently the case, it is a problem for which there are no good solutions, or for which the solution is one without real support.
.. confirms what I said before.
Saturday, January 12, 2008
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
If I could change just one thing per continent...
The first four seem easy enough...
- Europe: Ukraine admitted as a full member-state of the European Union (consolidation of Europe against Russia)
- Asia: "Berlin Wall" moment as Korean DMZ becomes the conduit for a mass exodus (End of Kim Family Regime)
- Africa: Zimbabwe as joint South African - Chinese Condominium (UN starts outsourcing its colonial administration)
- North America: Cuba joins NAFTA/USA (End of Castro Family Regime)
But what should change in Australia? South America? Antarctica?
Monday, September 17, 2007
The factors of production:
In economics, factors of production are resources used in the production of goods and services...
* Land or natural resource – naturally-occurring goods such as soil and minerals that are used in the creation of products. The land or resource need not be on Earth (nor any other planet) as in the future land will include moons (beginning with mining Helium-3 from Luna, for example) and asteroids, and other obtainment of materials in space. The payment for the use of land owned by another is Economic rent.
* Labour – human effort used in production which also includes technical and marketing expertise. The payment for labour (workforce) is a wage or a salary. Wage can be either in nominal value or in real value. Usually the salary or wage are marked as "w".
* Capital – either the prior-produced production goods (business capital, or real capital) that are physically used by businesses to produce other goods, or the funding (financial capital) that is provided by investors to businesses so as to pay the previous producers for those production goods. The return on business capital is profits, part of which may be retained and the rest paid in dividends. The return to financial capital depends on the legal and economic form it takes, where the return on equity capital is the dividends received and the return on debt capital is interest. Capital gains upon investments in equity (from stock value increases) or debt (from bond value increases) are not factor incomes as they are not payments for any additional provision of capital but come from a change in others' opinions about the value of the existing capital and its arrangement.
List of countries by total area
- Russia 17,000,000 square kilometers
- Canada 10,000,000 square kilometers
- People's Republic of China 9,600,000 square kilometers
- United States of America 9,600,000 square kilometers
- Brazil 8,500,000 square kilometers
List of countries by population
- People's Republic of China: 1,300,000,000 people
- India 1,200,000,000 people
- European Union 490,000,000 people
- United States of America 300,000,000 people
- Indonesia: 230,000,000 people
List of countries by GDP (nominal)
- European Union 15,000,000 million dollars
- United States of America 13,000,000 million dollars
- Japan 4,400,000 million dollars
- Germany 2,900,000 million dollars
- People's Republic of China 2,600,000
When different policies are proposed, one question that should be asked is "Does this help shrink the gap?" Another is, "Does this help America's power?"
Monday, December 04, 2006
"Congress open to passing bill on immigration," by Charles Hurt, Washington Times, 4 December 2006, http://www.washtimes.com/national/20061204-122448-1240r.htm.
Though there are missteps, such as John Bolton losing his job, all in all I am glad that the Democrats have won control of the House. Their crazier ideas, such as giving Murtha or Hastings power, have come to naught, and all in all they have been a good influence. First it was the remasculinization of George Bush's Iraq rhetoric, and now:
Congress will approve an immigration bill that will grant citizenship rights to most of the 12 million to 20 million illegal aliens in the U.S. after Democrats take control next month, predict both sides on Capitol Hill.
While Republicans have been largely splintered on the issue of immigration reform, Democrats have been fairly unified behind the principle that the illegals currently in the country should get citizenship rights without having to first leave the country.
"Years of dawdling have worsened our border security and made it harder to fix this broken system," said Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, the Vermont Democrat who will lead the Judiciary Committee next year. "We should not let partisan politics and intolerance continue to delay and derail effective reform."
Democrats in both chambers say they will start with some form of legislation first drafted by Sens. John McCain, Arizona Republican, and Edward M. Kennedy, Massachusetts Democrat, which was the basis for the bill that was approved earlier this year by the Senate.
This is great news, and will help unify North America. Mexican labor will flow to the United States, becoming American labor, while remittances sent back to Mexico will help tie together our economies.
The alternative to a growing United States is joining dying Europe --- a land of low birth rates and low national hopes.
That is not America's destiny.
Friday, April 28, 2006
"Mexico to Decriminalize Pot, Cocaine, and Heroin," by Noel Randewich, Reuters, 29 April 2006, http://today.reuters.co.uk/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=topNews&storyID=2006-04-29T010531Z_01_N281836_RTRUKOC_0_UK-MEXICO-DRUGS.xml.
President Fox, of the Mexican United States, isn't only repealing almost criminal laws that destroy families
Possessing marijuana, cocaine and even heroin will no longer be a crime in Mexico if they are in small amounts for personal use under new reforms passed by Congress that quickly drew U.S. criticism.
The measure given final passage 53-26 by senators in a late night session on Thursday is aimed at letting police focus on their battle against major drug dealers, and President Vicente Fox is expected to sign it into law.
The Mexican United States: Lands of Freedom
He's also mimicking Chief Justice John Roberts.
Thursday, April 13, 2006
Wednesday, April 12, 2006
Christ's words, "For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.," don't just help explain why his political revolution swept the Roman Empire. They also explain why, from the perspective of power, America must unite with Mexico.
To expand the English language and empower the American Nation, admit the 31 Mexican United States to our Union. To expand the Spanish language and weaken the American Nation, keep the status quo. Or better yet, support an "enforcement only" immigration bill.
Tuesday, April 11, 2006
"Annex Mexico?," by Glenn Reynolds, Glennreynolds.com, 10 April 2006, http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/12132529/#060410 (from Instapundit via Purpleslog, also at Riehl World View).
It would make us more federalist. It would make us freer. It would make us richer.
For all of these reasons, I have been calling for the United States to absorb the Mexican United States as the 51st to 81st states of our Union.
Now Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit is too:
Wednesday, April 05, 2006
"Federalist No. 10, or, The Same Subject Continued: The Union as a Safeguard Against Domestic Faction and Insurrection," by "Publius" (James Madison), Daily Advertiser, 22 November 1787, http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Federalist_No._10.
"Back to Federalism," by David Gelernter, Weekly Standard, 10 April 2005, http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/012/062fkzaa.asp (from Bench Memos).
The United States of America should absorb the Mexican United States, creating an 81-state economic and political union. I've argued this will shrink the size of government and unite the North American people.
Uniting States of America
Another reason to marry the united States of America and Mexico is that it help build the America of our Founders' dreams.