18 thoughts on “Feeling lonely?”

  1. Nothing better expresses the worldview from America than that map/meme (which also turns up today in Week In Pictures): a dominant USA, a smaller Europe and a lonely little icon for our friends Down Under.
    Australia, of course, is the opposite of the USA — a former British penal colony full of the Old Country’s faults and weaknesses (even in its Constitution) that didn’t have the vision to reject its origins and aspire to something better.
    In spite of its recent takeover by nihilists who hate America, my brief experience living there tells me Americans as a people , because of the way the country was founded, are the most idealistic, optimistic and generous on earth.
    Thankfully, the idea of America is much stronger that those who want to destroy it.


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  2. This is a big reason why I persisted with a sub for The Economist for so long. Their world news section was full of interesting stories from all parts of the world.

    Unfortunately by 2013’s the world news section was the only bit I could stomach to read. The rest was looney lefty and even the world news bits were getting increasingly unreadable, so after a quarter century I gave it away. It’s even worse now.


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  3. Of the world population of 7.8 billion people, only ~1.2 billion is the “West”.
    In other words 85% of the world is not what we hear about.
    Going another step further: the majority of the world are on the side of the Russians.


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  4. Serbia isn’t part of that, which is interesting since Greater Serbia once covered Central Europe and most of Poland and Germany.
    Japan [and Israel?] is also the only country without Mosques.


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  5. Going another step further: the majority of the world are on the side of the Russians.
    I don’t think that’s right.
    There was a UN vote a few weeks ago, Russia didn’t get many votes.


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  6. Tom says
    In spite of its recent takeover by nihilists who hate America, my brief experience living there tells me Americans as a people , because of the way the country was founded, are the most idealistic, optimistic and generous on earth.

    I lived in Canada and the USA from 1968 to 1982 and I agree that Americans in general are great people, and certainly generous.


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  7. Australia, of course, is the opposite of the USA — a former British penal colony full of the Old Country’s faults and weaknesses (even in its Constitution) that didn’t have the vision to reject its origins and aspire to something better.

    Pace Tom, we overcame our penal colony origins, and while our vision was more modest than that of the Americans, we became a stable and prosperous democracy to which many people have come seeking a refuge from much worse places.

    The prog left wouldn’t be so determined to pull us down too, along with the USA, if our history and institutions didn’t represent something they find intolerable.


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  8. Australia, of course, is the opposite of the USA — a former British penal colony full of the Old Country’s faults and weaknesses (even in its Constitution) that didn’t have the vision to reject its origins and aspire to something better.
    That’s Labor Party spin and total bullshit.
    Federation freed us from the British bloodsuckers and our Constitution was written by men who understood that the U.S. Constitution is a lawyers picnic
    written by blokes who had been King George’s men the week before.


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  9. Pace Tom, we overcame our penal colony origins, and while our vision was more modest than that of the Americans, we became a stable and prosperous democracy to which many people have come seeking a refuge from much worse places.

    With, unfortunately, a nasty streak of authoritarianism and submission.


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  10. Not to worry. Australia is gradually moving north!
    The eastern part (Australian Plate) is moving northward at the rate of 5.6 cm (2.2 in) per year while the western part (Indian Plate) is moving only at the rate of 3.7 cm (1.5 in) per year due to the impediment of the Himalayas.


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  11. The Duran discusses the Solomon Islands, AUKUS and the impending geopolitical fracture.
    https://youtu.be/7GdHYwxPIAQ
    I would also say that you can wipe Europe from the map. Germany lost 2 world wars due to blockades and lack of resources, hence its need to invade east to gain access to land, food, oil in a failed attempt at autarky and lebensraum. There may develop a fracture in NATO when a realisation that starving for US geopolitical interests aren’t in their respective countries interests. But the US political stranglehold seems pretty tight at moment. I suspect it will steadily erode over the next 6 to 12 months as economic conditions worsen significantly. Irrespectively, Europe is on the path of economic irrelevance, without the food, resources or energy to sustain an industrial state, just early 20th century Germany writ large. Dependant on the (US) block, if it can sustain an entire continent on fiat currency and any discretionary resources it can muster for export. O doubt if we can depend on Indonesia to be on our side, remember East Timor. Once Taiwan is under contention, pretty clear we’ll lose major export markets in Eurasia and most probably come under blockade as well. Good to have the green establishment continuing to subvert and destroy any hope of a productive economy. As we sow, so shall we reap. Best to stay neutral in this gargantuan bust up about to emerge.


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  12. For what is presumably a US-based meme, it has me thinking about the inclusion of Australia. What gets us there? Shared culture? WWII? Hoges? The Clinton Foundation?

    How much do we pay to be a member of this club? What does it materially mean to us in return?

    It does feel a little like ‘punching above our weight’, and I do sometimes wonder if we’ve earned it. Broadly good to have, I suppose.


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  13. . What gets us there? Shared culture? WWII? Hoges? The Clinton Foundation?

    We are part of the Anglosphere with a shared tradition of parliamentary democracy.

    We are also one of the minority (7/20) of the G20 who have imposed sanctions on Russia.

    O doubt if we can depend on Indonesia to be on our side

    Indonesia supports the Lebedev Doctrine as it resents the finger wagging interference in its internal affairs.


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