Klaus, Kissinger, and Kim Kardashian

Vaclav Klaus on Brexit:

I greeted the outcome of the last year´s British referendum with great joy because I do believe that its outcome has opened a new chapter in the European history. I am convinced that Europe needed it very much…

I disagree with the intentionally misleading interpretation of the Brexit referendum which suggests that the main topic of the referendum was the issue of immigration. No, the dominant reason for the majority of Brits voting Leave was their conviction that decisions about the UK should be taken in the UK. Their approach was based on their long-term experience that the nation is (and should be) the primary political entity, the only possible embodiment and guarantor of democracy.

That’s right. I voted for Britain to be a self-governing country where we could elect our own government. Britons never voted to become part of what has become a European empire.

The vote was about freedom (against political correctness), about democracy (against post-democracy), about sovereignty (against multinationalism and global governance), about economic prosperity (against long-term stagnation and relative decline), about traditional cultural and civilizational values and life-styles (against its denial).

That’s right. And particularly the civilisational life-style values that go with sitting in a pub, drinking a beer, and smoking a cigarette.

The outcome of the British referendum was important for all of us in Europe – not just for the Brits. It represented a radical rejection of the faulty project of undemocratic, centralistic, dirigistic, unnecessarily unified, harmonized and standardized European Union. It had and has an important external effect. It confirmed the feelings of millions of ordinary people all over Europe who are similarly critical of the contemporary version of the EU institutional arrangements, of the EU policies and of the doctrine – I call it europeism – behind them.

“Undemocratic, centralistic, dirigistic, unnecessarily unified, harmonized and standardized” is exactly what the EU is. As Klaus sees it, his native Czech Republic escaped from the clutches of the Soviet Union only to fall into the hands of of the equally undemocratic and centralised European Union.

Paul Craig Roberts wonders what Kissinger is up to:

Reagan never spoke of winning the cold war. He spoke of ending it. Other officials in his government have said the same thing, and Pat Buchanan can verify it.

Reagan wanted to end the Cold War, not win it. He spoke of those “godawful” nuclear weapons. He thought the Soviet economy was in too much difficulty to compete in an arms race. He thought that if he could first cure the stagflation that afflicted the US economy, he could force the Soviets to the negotiating table by going through the motion of launching an arms race. “Star wars” was mainly hype. (Whether or nor the Soviets believed the arms race threat, the American leftwing clearly did and has never got over it.)

Reagan had no intention of dominating the Soviet Union or collapsing it. Unlike Clinton, George W. Bush, and Obama, he was not controlled by neoconservatives. Reagan fired and prosecuted the neoconservatives in his administration when they operated behind his back and broke the law.

The Soviet Union did not collapse because of Reagan’s determination to end the Cold War. The Soviet collapse was the work of hardline communists, who believed that Gorbachev was loosening the Communist Party’s hold so quickly that Gorbachev was a threat to the existence of the Soviet Union and placed him under house arrest. It was the hardline communist coup against Gorbachev that led to the rise of Yeltsin. No one expected the collapse of the Soviet Union.

The neo-conservatives thought that they had won the Cold War.

The English language Russian news agency, Sputnik, reports that former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger is advising US president-elect Donald Trump how to “bring the United States and Russia closer together to offset China’s military buildup.”

It sounds like Kissinger and Trump think in similar ways, and not like the neo-conservatives.

In other news, Fragrance Is The New Second-Hand Smoke, and there are now Advertising billboards that ‘cough’ every time they sense cigarette smoke, and binge-watching TV can kill you. And Kim Kardashian has her own perfume brand, naturally.

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19 Responses to Klaus, Kissinger, and Kim Kardashian

  1. garyk30 says:

    Brexit, contrary to many, is not a matter of going into uncharted territory.
    The EU was formed in 1992 and anyone over the age of 40 can well remember life before it.

    England in 1991 was the product of the experiences of millions of people over hundreds of years.

    The EU is the dream of few elitists and very recent in origin.

    Countries do not care to be ruled from abroad, the collapse of the British Empire and all other empires is solid proof of this.

    • anyone over the age of 40 can well remember life before it.
      Indeed one of my earliest ‘political’ memories is of the Winter Of Discontent No I’m not claiming the EU or the EEC lifted us out of the grey, soggy, wet, cold, cardigan wearing culinary diaspora that was 70’s Britain, I’m just pointing out the Pre-EU Age wasn’t universally a Good Thing. More strikes than a box of matches, a broken economy no longer able to ride the coat tails of the colonies.

  2. slugbop007 says:

    It’s all about the money:

    http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20170103006202/en/North-American-Marijuana-Sales-Top-20.2-Billion

    I just received an email asking me if I would like to invest in Marijuana stocks from Money Morning.

    slugbop007

  3. slugbop007 says:

    More Bubbles in our Solar System. This time brought to you by Big Pharma. https://disqus.com/by/

    FamousGrouse • 2 years ago Something like 50% of Pharma R&D is now handled through the university system, so those two numbers are much closer than the graphs realize. Wendy Warr and Associates is a good resource.

    slugbop007

  4. Vlad says:

    Speaking of Big Pharma ads for NRT products…on many packs/pouches of tobacco there’s this part ‘for help to quit, quitnow.smokefree.nhs.uk’. If you contact those people, most probably they’ll recommend/prescribe NRT products.
    So the fact is this: one industry, Big Pharma, is allowed to advertise its merchandise on the products of a competing industry, Big Tobacco. Where else is something like this possible? It’s really crazy, when one looks at it this way.

    • It’s really crazy, when one looks at it this way.

      It starts to make a little more sense once you wrap your head around the concept of the ‘integration of State and economy’, whereby apparently separate, even antagonistic, entities can operate hand in hand ‘in an underhand way’.
      Since such integration can only happen when and if the economy itself has become integrated, fake ‘fierce’ competion between corporations or even whole industries can be staged, as well as the perception of fake ‘stubborn’ resistance can be produced and sustained (cf. the mythical ‘arrogance’ of Big Tob faced by the rising behemoth of State-sponsored Tobacco Control in the early decades of the crazy crusade).

  5. Clicky says:

  6. smokingscot says:

    Mr. Klaus is not the only one to applaud our backbone.

    Marine Le Pen has gone further and told the twats in Brussels to make darned fine certain they don’t try to make an example of us as some sort of juvenile attempt to send a warning to other countries where popular discontent is bubbling to the surface.

    http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/751212/Marine-Le-Pen-French-National-Front-Brussels-Britain-Brexit-European-Union

    And Mr. Wilders states hugely flattering things about us Brits – and mentions Nexit’s coming.

    http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/725595/Geert-Wilders-Netherlands-Nexit-Britain-Brexit-EU-referendum

    Rather than sit down with people at the forefront of the various leave campaigns and trying to find ways to reform the EU, what I see is a bunker mentality – so very similar in many respects to the Maginot Line.

    Been pondering the EU myself (it’s this month’s offering at my place) and let’s just imagine what they envisage in 60 years time. An EU that consists of about 45 nation states, all pulling together with a President of the EU a beloved character who’s been elected by popular vote by all nation states. And this magnificent block will be ultra competitive with eco friendly power sources and the latest technology that’ll whisk people and goods from Georgia to Denmark in a couple of hours. Oh and it’ll be a force to counter the US, Russia and China!

    And the UK, well we’ll be all pouty, sitting on the sidelines, a minute presence on the world stage and comparatively uncompetitive, with very few international investors.

    I THINK NOT!

    • And the UK, well we’ll be all pouty, sitting on the sidelines, a minute presence on the world stage and comparatively uncompetitive,
      Actually we Brits will do what we always do, namely whinge and go back to mentally living in 1945…or better still 1845. You can be sure that someone somewhere will bleat on about the ‘Dunkirk Spirit’ the moment Brexit starts to hurt- and hurt it will, however it all pans out. I have a horrible feeling a lot of people are in for a shock when they find out what R-E-S-P…sorry I mean B-R-E-X-I-T means to them.
      Me, I shall just shrug my shoulders, light my pipe or cigarette, go back to tending my tobacco plants and teaching Granddaughter2 German so if she ever needs to make use of her German passport and escape…
      Oh and “showing backbone” tends to mean you’re running away.

  7. What a pity his fellow countrymen didn’t follow Mr Klaus’ ‘teachings’ and brought in a Smoking Verbot of their own last year. http://blogs.wsj.com/emergingeurope/2010/09/30/non-smoking-eurosceptic-klaus-may-have-a-point-this-time/

    • Frank Davis says:

      From your link:

      Czech President Vaclav Klaus is at the vanguard of thinkers who follow European affairs with a critical eye and now he’s taking aim at the European Union’s antismoking efforts.

      President Klaus, a nonsmoker and active athlete who is particularly fond of hiking, took part in the celebratory opening Wednesday of an expanded Philip Morris tobacco and cigarette production plant in the medieval Czech city Kutna Hora.

      Before cutting the ribbon to open the new plant, which now can produce 40 million cigarettes annually compared with 30 million previously, Mr. Klaus, 69, said the methods the EU is proposing to reduce smoking are ludicrous, adding that more bureaucracy can stifle or even kill business

  8. prog says:

    A couple of interesting charts..

    Re the ‘net’ contribution, bar Germany the UK’s net contribution is more than the combined net total of all other EU members.

    • What I take from ‘sell more to us’ graphic is that not even the Great British Public themselves want to buy our UK Produced cheap tin trays and glass walking sticks. That fact alone should worry everyone . However I’m guessing the Brexiteurs will read it as ‘no way Germany is going to want to lose that amount of trade and they’ll give in on stuff such as Free Movement’.
      Like Germany (who now have a budget surplus to rival the UK net contribution to the EU btw) doesn’t have a recent history of taking political decisions on points of principle that are- from a financial/business point of view- so ruinous as to be filed under ‘bat shit crazy’? Nuclear power stations? Migrants/Dublin Agreement? Reunification? If Merkel gets re-elected this year we may find that her ‘Nein’ to the giving up of ‘Free Movement’ is a N E I N written in Krupps steel, whatever it cost. German politicians, for all their faults, have a nasty habit of sticking to the very few principles they have come what may, as the events of yesterday illustrated.

      • Tony says:

        Brexit means leaving the EU and becoming an independent nation. So they won’t have to ‘give up’ on freedom of movement. We’ve no reason to ask their permission, just as we won’t seek permission from Japan or any other country. We’ll simply make our own rules like every other independent nation in the world.
        Once we’ve left we can, if we like and I suggest we should, offer them a trade deal. Probably a tariff free deal which would be greatly to their advantage to accept. But if they don’t want to play ball then that would be their loss and no skin off our nose.

        • no skin off our nose.
          When the Chancellor of a nation that, even without Brexit, can only dream of just breaking even, starts to talk in those terms and even threaten the business interests of a country whose budget surplus far outstrips the amount they sold to us last year… well i can’t think of an analogy offhand to describe how risible that is. So now, along with a Foreign Sec whom the rest of Europe considers a liar and an idiot, we have a Chancellor who will seem to the rest of Europe at best weak and at worst that snivelling bully who picked on the wrong kid in the playground and got his nose bloodied.

          That said, I do think you are more right than wrong about ‘after Brexit’. My personal view is that we should then have no trade agreements with anyone at all. Simply an understanding that anyone can sell their goods here tariff/duty free as long as we can in their countries and that their goods meet all our safety standards/laws etc . If the EU slap on the full 4% (I think?) duty on British goods then we do the same. In this internet age things like formal trade agreements, tariffs and duty are as much anachronisms as the Corn Laws or the idea of nation states.

        • Frank Davis says:

          What does it matter if something is an anachronism? Must we all keep up with the times? Does being old-fashioned mean being wrong? I don’t think so.

  9. Must we all keep up with the times? Does being old-fashioned mean being wrong?-FD
    Of course not, as I yearn for a bit of the old fashioned tolerance of one’s neighbours’ perceived ‘weaknesses’. I would also applaud a return to an old fashioned ‘regressive’ tax system, for example. I suspect my ideas about the role of monarchy would appear frightfully anachronistic to most here (ie scrap the Parliament Act, install the old fashioned life peers, let the monarch choose whom to knight or honour, cease taxing the monarchy etc, ditch this myth of the QUeen having to be apolitical ).

    I would also welcome some good old fashioned common sense in the Brexit debate…on both sides. Too many ‘myths’ .

  10. Yvonne says:

    An interesting take on whether Theresa May fully intends BREXIT by reading her body language during her BREXIT speech. The Q&A is more revealing than the speech itself.

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