Archive for the ‘Realpolitik’ Category

Capitalism DOES cause homophobia (in a way)

September 6, 2008

Over at The Volokh Conspiracy, a question about whether capitalism causes homophobia.

Here’s my reasoning, based on the stated views of the North Korean government.

1) North Korea doesn’t have homosexuality, it is a “bourgeois disease.”

2) Therefore, only degenerate capitalist societies have homosexuals.

3) Therefore, only people living in capitalist societies need be afraid or hostile to them.

Q.E.D.

Seems like a clear indictment of capitalism to me.
[Hat tip: Instapundit]

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Diplomacy à la française

March 1, 2008

You can generally tell which countries the French government is trying to get an arms deal going with by the amount of diplomatic effort going in.

So this story of a $40,000,000,000 contract to supply new air tankers for the U.S. Air Force indicates a serious amount of lobbying.

Bad news for the U.K.’s influence in the U.S.A.: previously, the lack of sufficient air tankers for the U.S. forces meant they had to arrange help from the R.A.F., for example before the invasion of Afghanistan. Presumably, once this contract is up and running, the U.K. becomes just that little bit more expendable.

For this reason, the U.K. government should have tried to block this deal. But I have no doubt that Nicolas Sarkozy would have innocently pleaded that the EADS contract was a “European” deal and how could the British be so cynical?

Indeed.