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Will we learn from Britain and France?

One of the more frustrating things I observe is our apparent unwillingness, as a country, to learn from the mistakes of other countries.  For instance, we’ve watched the effects of the welfare state in Europe and its fiscal impact, yet we continue down the same road toward the same cliff they’re now getting ready to go over.

More specifically, we’ve watched other countries raise taxes higher and higher and subsequently watched them lose their native talent.  France is in the process of doing that now.  And Britain?  Well, they’ve been suffering from it for a while:

Nick de Bois, secretary of the 1922 Committee of backbench MPs, said that Britain needs a “culture change” to stem the flow of talented emigrants by encouraging success.

“Our most economically active are leaving to apply their talents elsewhere,” the MP said, warning that talented Britons are being lured away to “growth economies” elsewhere in the world.

Office for National Statistics figures obtained by Mr de Bois show that in the ten years to 2011, a total of 3,599,000 people permanently left the UK.

Contrary to the perception of the typical emigrants being older people retiring to a life in the sun, the figures show that 1,963,000 of those who left were aged between 25 and 44.

By contrast, only 125,000 people of retirement age emigrated.

Note what is “luring” them away?  “Growth economies“.  And what does one usually find is anything labeled a “growth economy”?  Economic opportunity.  A chance to better your own situation without being punished and vilified for doing so.  You’d think that might be something our “leaders” would understand and appreciate.

But it’s about culture, isn’t it?  About the culture our leadership fosters.  And that culture in this country is “class warfare”:

“Government must help lead a culture change in this country that competes with the new economies, one where competitiveness and success are valued and personal achievement and personal wealth are respected, not pilloried,” he said.

That’s not at all where this particular government is headed, is it?
And the result?  Human Nature 101.  See Britain.


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18 Responses to Will we learn from Britain and France?

    A growing trend…
    Remember, the rich are very portable.
    So are the talented and gifted.

    • Quite so, Rags. Socialists and Fascists always think productive resources are in the form of heavy equipment.
      Being brain-dead as they are, they can’t imagine the greatest source of continued productivity is between the ears. What little intellectual acumen they have has NEVER been applied to PRODUCING, only consuming or parasitic ventures.

      • Right, Sharps.  One…just ONE…of the revolutionary insights of Adam Smith!  Before Smith, it was commonly held that the wealth of a nation existed in its physical holdings.  Gold in Spain, for instance.  Smith showed that was a fallacy.  The wealth of a nation was expanded by the market activity of its people.  cf various African nations with VAST resources but grinding poverty.

  • But we have learned from Britian and France.  Well, I mean our elite class has learned from them. They can retain power and be quite comfortable (even if you’re a socialist) easily enough in those countries, and our political class – particularly the left – is doing exactly the same.
    The rest of us proles have drawn some different lessons from them of course, but we’re the sort of low people who don’t count really.

  • “Will we learn from Britain and France?”

    • To the elite, it’s better to rule over poverty (with oneself as an Apparatchik) than to participate as a lower level grunt (the extent of their talents) in prosperity.

  • Obama refused to learn from Spain, where they lost 3 jobs for every “green job” that was created.

    • Oh it was never about jobs. It was about political payoffs.

    • Heh. I recall Spain being used as an example of a path to follow.

      • Well Gaia knows whatever path we follow it ought NOT to be the one laid down by those evil white European males back in 1776.  All their ‘natural rights’ and crazy individual liberty ideas, sheesh.
        Us modern folks ought to be able to do whatever stupid ass thing the fit of the moment suggests, according to who is in the White House and which party is in charge.

  • No.
    Nest question.

  • I would bet that  the inventors of the real important products, depending on your values—i.e., medical cures and scientific principles—are not those who are leaving their native countries;but, instead, producers of trivia—like Face Book and movies—which are meant for enjoyment, but don’t serve  any real purpose improving the lot of humanity.  (Certainly a socialistic ideal.)