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China: political crackdown on technology = slowdown of economy?

On August 31, the Wall Street Journal reported that "August data suggests China’s economy slowed further, particularly in services but also in the previously strong manufacturing sector". The WSJ article blames Chinese "efforts to contain the Delta variant outbreak". There is no mentioning of a slowdown of the Chinese economy following the Chinese crackdown on...

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The redundancy of politics (3)

If the Covid-19 pandemic has learned us anything then it's that politics is useless and (thus) redundant (my blogs). Either politicians deny or denied Covid-19 (eg, Brazil, Tanzania, UK, USA-Trump) with a disastrous result, or they exaggerate its impact on society (ie, < 0.1% cumulative fatality rate). The only country with a pragmatic approach was...

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Monism – why people are so stupid

Monism – why people are so stupid

Yesterday's blog on complacency gave an explanation for the question in Monday's blog: why are people so stupid? A more fundamental explanation is the ongoing transformation in societies towards monism. Monism is a (philosophical) belief in Power. As Lord Acton once stated: "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely",...

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Big Tech crackdown in China, EU and USA

There appears to be a simultaneous crackdown on Big Tech in China, Europe and USA. The reasons and severity are, however, (very) different. Nevertheless, these crackdowns are related to the decoupling of business (eg, Big Tech) and politics. See my blogs on coupling-decoupling, and in particular: part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4 and part 5. In China, the political...

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No matter who wins, America has already lost

So there was no landslide victory for Joe Biden after all. Once again, liberal media are in for a catharsis. The results are becoming a neck-and-neck race and mail-in ballots may even become the decisive factor. It's the best and worst possible outcome for any democracy. The outcome of the 2020 US presidential election shows a deeply divided country.A recent...

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US is a mess but China isn’t the solution: Niall Ferguson (Nikkei Asian Review)

Nikkei Asian Review title: US is a mess but China isn't the solution: Niall Ferguson Nikkei Asian Review subtitle: Coronavirus exposes failure of superpowers, success of small 'paranoid' states Date: 21 May 2020 "NEW YORK -- Despite growing speculation that China will emerge as the leading superpower in the post-pandemic world, both Beijing and Washington made big...

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