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  1. Arahant Member

    Good podcast, as always, gentlemen. Thank you.

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    • February 25, 2020, at 3:35 PM PST
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  2. Moneyman Coolidge

    Ditto for me. Love VDH’s podcasts and books!!!!

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    • February 26, 2020, at 6:19 AM PST
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  3. Jim Beck Member

    VDH often notes that the ruling class of our country and maybe all of the Western countries do not suffer consequences of their policies of an indifference to their own national identity. Using the EU as an example, it can be argued that lower tariffs between EU countries might bring about economic growth, but it is harder to argue that one currency wouldn’t remove the ability of each country to control their own monetary policy. Which citizen in any other European country would like to have German banks rule their govts monetary policies, only the ruling classes, is my guess. To the ruling classes the destruction of your culture or national identity means nothing, they have aligned their hearts with their class and not their country. Often they feel superior to their heritage, a bit ashamed of the lessers who populate their own country, like those fools who voted for Brexit or Trump. We have had these type of elites since before the students at Oxford in 1933 supported the proposition on the table; “We will not die for God or country”. Maybe it comes from a luxury produced by the Western way of life where the elites have lived their lives in the world of ideas and ideas are so much more malleable than the bricks and mortar of physical work. They think that they can shape the world into the form that lives in their minds.

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    • February 26, 2020, at 7:42 AM PST
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  4. colleenb Member
    colleenb Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Always love hearing from Professor Hanson. I would love for him to expound more on the danger of China and Germany. Which would he say is more dangerous to the US and the world generally? I tend to think China just because of size and population but Germany could sneak up on the world as we tend to think its been tamed. Also I’d love a recommendation for writings/books on the Franco-Prussian War and a good general history of Germany.

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    • February 26, 2020, at 7:53 AM PST
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  5. Taras Coolidge

    Jim Beck (View Comment):

    VDH often notes that the ruling class of our country and maybe all of the Western countries do not suffer consequences of their policies of an indifference to their own national identity. Using the EU as an example, it can be argued that lower tariffs between EU countries might bring about economic growth, but it is harder to argue that one currency wouldn’t remove the ability of each country to control their own monetary policy. Which citizen in any other European country would like to have German banks rule their govts monetary policies, only the ruling classes, is my guess. To the ruling classes the destruction of your culture or national identity means nothing, they have aligned their hearts with their class and not their country. Often they feel superior to their heritage, a bit ashamed of the lessers who populate their own country, like those fools who voted for Brexit or Trump. We have had these type of elites since before the students at Oxford in 1933 supported the proposition on the table; “We will not die for God or country”. Maybe it comes from a luxury produced by the Western way of life where the elites have lived their lives in the world of ideas and ideas are so much more malleable than the bricks and mortar of physical work. They think that they can shape the world into the form that lives in their minds.

    European elites see themselves as citizens of the world, or at least citizens of Europe, rather than citizens of any one country. Indeed, this may reflect their life experience, spending — as rich people do — a good deal of time in various countries other than their country of birth: private school here, university there, post-grad and first job in still other places.

    They park their feelings of superiority partly on being above old-fashioned patriotism, which they see as dangerous to Europe and the world; though you should expect them to be deceptive on this issue, as they realize their views are unpopular with the masses.

    Their self-stroking over their “enlightened” views (I’m thinking of Angela Merkel in particular) has also led them to, in effect, import an underclass, so we can expect them to have the kind of problems down the road that France and the U.S. have already been dealing with for many years.

    Visiting Helsinki a couple of years ago, I noted families of refugees, apparently from Africa. When their performance in school and the workplace lags behind native Finns, how long before they start demanding racial quotas.

    If they haven’t already.

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    • February 26, 2020, at 8:33 AM PST
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  6. Jim Beck Member

    Morning Taras,

    I agree that the David Camerons and Teresa Mays from Oxford and Cambridge do not think that being a Brit is anything special, but in my wife’s family some which live in York and some living near Oxford being a Brit and proud of it is something. Even in those family members who were against Brexit there is a strong pride in Britain, and a sense that the Brits are better than the French and Germans. I can not imagine that anyone in Spain wants to be like the Germans. This cultural suicide by our elites hurts the average folks the most. Did you notice more nationalistic pride in the Finns, they are outside the core of the EU?

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    • February 26, 2020, at 9:03 AM PST
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  7. Taras Coolidge

    Jim Beck (View Comment):

    Morning Taras,

    I agree that the David Camerons and Teresa Mays from Oxford and Cambridge do not think that being a Brit is anything special, but in my wife’s family some which live in York and some living near Oxford being a Brit and proud of it is something. Even in those family members who were against Brexit there is a strong pride in Britain, and a sense that the Brits are better than the French and Germans. I can not imagine that anyone in Spain wants to be like the Germans. This cultural suicide by our elites hurts the average folks the most. Did you notice more nationalistic pride in the Finns, they are outside the core of the EU?

    I can’t say I noticed, one way or the other. I was at a convention where there were a great number of people from America and other countries.

    It isn’t just European elites, of course. Here’s a member of the American elite in 2009:

    “I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism.”

    Though, to be fair, he followed up that dodgy statement with some safe boilerplate about American greatness.

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    • February 26, 2020, at 9:44 AM PST
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  8. MISTER BITCOIN Member

    colleenb (View Comment):

    Always love hearing from Professor Hanson. I would love for him to expound more on the danger of China and Germany. Which would he say is more dangerous to the US and the world generally? I tend to think China just because of size and population but Germany could sneak up on the world as we tend to think its been tamed. Also I’d love a recommendation for writings/books on the Franco-Prussian War and a good general history of Germany.

    For German history, AJP Taylor and Henry Turner

     

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    • February 28, 2020, at 3:12 AM PST
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  9. MISTER BITCOIN Member

    Taras (View Comment):

    Jim Beck (View Comment):

    Morning Taras,

    I agree that the David Camerons and Teresa Mays from Oxford and Cambridge do not think that being a Brit is anything special, but in my wife’s family some which live in York and some living near Oxford being a Brit and proud of it is something. Even in those family members who were against Brexit there is a strong pride in Britain, and a sense that the Brits are better than the French and Germans. I can not imagine that anyone in Spain wants to be like the Germans. This cultural suicide by our elites hurts the average folks the most. Did you notice more nationalistic pride in the Finns, they are outside the core of the EU?

    I can’t say I noticed, one way or the other. I was at a convention where there were a great number of people from America and other countries.

    It isn’t just European elites, of course. Here’s a member of the American elite in 2009:

    “I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism.”

    Though, to be fair, he followed up that dodgy statement with some safe boilerplate about American greatness.

     

    Obama hates America.

    so does his wife.

     

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    • February 28, 2020, at 3:14 AM PST
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  10. MISTER BITCOIN Member

    Jim Beck (View Comment):

    VDH often notes that the ruling class of our country and maybe all of the Western countries do not suffer consequences of their policies of an indifference to their own national identity. Using the EU as an example, it can be argued that lower tariffs between EU countries might bring about economic growth, but it is harder to argue that one currency wouldn’t remove the ability of each country to control their own monetary policy. Which citizen in any other European country would like to have German banks rule their govts monetary policies, only the ruling classes, is my guess. To the ruling classes the destruction of your culture or national identity means nothing, they have aligned their hearts with their class and not their country. Often they feel superior to their heritage, a bit ashamed of the lessers who populate their own country, like those fools who voted for Brexit or Trump. We have had these type of elites since before the students at Oxford in 1933 supported the proposition on the table; “We will not die for God or country”. Maybe it comes from a luxury produced by the Western way of life where the elites have lived their lives in the world of ideas and ideas are so much more malleable than the bricks and mortar of physical work. They think that they can shape the world into the form that lives in their minds.

    Best example is sidwell friends. 

    Prominent democrats support public school teachers unions but send their kids to expensive private schools. And oppose private school options for poor people and their constituents they allegedly support. 

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    • March 3, 2020, at 2:36 AM PST
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  11. MISTER BITCOIN Member

    Taras (View Comment):

    Jim Beck (View Comment):

    Morning Taras,

    I agree that the David Camerons and Teresa Mays from Oxford and Cambridge do not think that being a Brit is anything special, but in my wife’s family some which live in York and some living near Oxford being a Brit and proud of it is something. Even in those family members who were against Brexit there is a strong pride in Britain, and a sense that the Brits are better than the French and Germans. I can not imagine that anyone in Spain wants to be like the Germans. This cultural suicide by our elites hurts the average folks the most. Did you notice more nationalistic pride in the Finns, they are outside the core of the EU?

    I can’t say I noticed, one way or the other. I was at a convention where there were a great number of people from America and other countries.

    It isn’t just European elites, of course. Here’s a member of the American elite in 2009:

    “I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism.”

    Though, to be fair, he followed up that dodgy statement with some safe boilerplate about American greatness.

    The British do believe in national sovereignty hence Brexit. 

    the Greeks are fiscally irresponsible 

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    • March 3, 2020, at 2:38 AM PST
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