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  • Fat_Man

    “Still, it would take a particular kind of insularity … to fail to
    sense that the ground is shifting across the Western world.”

    Are you expecting them to be smarter than the elites in Washington? As smart?

    I am voting for as smart as an equal weight of gravel.

  • Andrew Allison

    Other than marking the end of Renzi’s political career, the referendum is largely irrelevant. Like Greece, Italy has been pretending to reform while slowly collapsing (http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/why-italy-s-economy-is-about-to-collapse-a7091221.html). Unlike Greece, as the third largest economy in the eurozone, Italy’s collapse with have a major impact (exiting the eurozone is the only thing that can save either of them). It’s not a question of whether, but when. Next up at bat: France.

    • f1b0nacc1

      And even the French elites (some of the dumbest lumps of matter in this arm of the Milky Way) are waking up to the possibility of a Le Pen victory….

      • Andrew Allison

        It doesn’t matter. Government spending is 57% of GDP. Need I say more? Here’s a thousand words worth:
        http://cdn.tradingeconomics.com/charts/france-gdp-growth.png?s=frgegdpq&v=201611031718r&d1=19160101&d2=20161231

        • f1b0nacc1

          Oh, I never suggested that Le Pen (who is almost as big a state-fellator as our friend FG) would change very much for France (the French voters are the problem there), but she might unintentionally open some doors by demolishing at least a part of the ENA’s deathgrip on the political discourse.

          • Andrew Allison

            The ENA’s deathgrip is on the administration, not political discourse. I fear that, thanks to Obama’s politicization, we may have a similar problem here.

          • f1b0nacc1

            Not just administration…take a look at the number (and placement) of ENA almums in various French media positions (and the rather heavy hand of the French govt on their media should be noted as well)….

            We have had the similar problem here indeed, for quite some time. Take a look at how deeply influential Harvard, Yale, etc. are

          • Andrew Allison

            Fellatrix peut-être? Mais en fin, I (at last!) beg to differ. Le Pen (IMNHO) is, like Trump, an opportunist who has seen an opportunity. FG is simply delusional.

          • f1b0nacc1

            Le Pen is a second generation opportunist, we actually agree, but she would prove to be a formidable wrecking ball anyway. Embrace the healing power of ‘and’….

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