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by Sertorio
Fri Oct 12, 2018 3:20 pm
Forum: Current Events
Topic: Calling all economists. I need your help.
Replies: 44
Views: 2554

Re: Calling all economists. I need your help.

The fact that he was a trained economist too likely did Portugal no harm: despite the fact that by the late 1960's it was the poorest nation in Europe outside the Communist bloc. By the late 1960's Portugal was growing at a rate of nearly 10% a year, and had no unemployment worth mentioning. We sti...
by Sertorio
Fri Oct 12, 2018 9:39 am
Forum: Current Events
Topic: A dithering Obama emboldened China
Replies: 52
Views: 2817

Re: A dithering Obama emboldened China

And I, in turn, wonder whether a Portuguese who became an atheist may not have lost the ability to understand Portugal and the Portuguese ... We have always been more superstitious than religious. As we became better educated and therefore less superstitious, our religiosity started to fade away. B...
by Sertorio
Fri Oct 12, 2018 1:53 am
Forum: Current Events
Topic: Calling all economists. I need your help.
Replies: 44
Views: 2554

Re: Calling all economists. I need your help.

The fact that he was a trained economist too likely did Portugal no harm: despite the fact that by the late 1960's it was the poorest nation in Europe outside the Communist bloc. By the late 1960's Portugal was growing at a rate of nearly 10% a year, and had no unemployment worth mentioning. We sti...
by Sertorio
Fri Oct 12, 2018 1:48 am
Forum: Current Events
Topic: Calling all economists. I need your help.
Replies: 44
Views: 2554

Re: Calling all economists. I need your help.

It's not a defense of despotism. It is being realistic. I lived half of my life in a dictatorship, but a dictatorship which was nobody's vassal. I would have liked to have had then a democratic government, but while that couldn't be achieved, I was thankful we were truly independent. Today our poli...
by Sertorio
Fri Oct 12, 2018 1:43 am
Forum: Current Events
Topic: A dithering Obama emboldened China
Replies: 52
Views: 2817

Re: A dithering Obama emboldened China

The Chinese regime in China cannot be trusted. That's the reason why Taiwan clings to its indepenence. Taiwan trusts the US more than its fellow Chinese across the Straits. They understand them perfectly. And so do I. I wonder whether a Chinese who became a Christian may not have lost the ability t...
by Sertorio
Fri Oct 12, 2018 1:39 am
Forum: Current Events
Topic: A dithering Obama emboldened China
Replies: 52
Views: 2817

Re: A dithering Obama emboldened China

Macao and Hong Kong are cities, without much of what is necessary to become independent. Both were not democracies before joining China, and both are now much better off then they were under Portuguese and British rule. What are they complaining about? Taiwan is much bigger and diversified than eit...
by Sertorio
Thu Oct 11, 2018 4:13 pm
Forum: Current Events
Topic: Calling all economists. I need your help.
Replies: 44
Views: 2554

Re: Calling all economists. I need your help.

You may very well be right. But I don't think we can trust the US refraining from trying to interfere in order to serve its interests. Yet you blindly trust every manifestly self-serving dictator on this planet not to do the same, hence the comment about being reflexively anti-American. Maybe I try...
by Sertorio
Thu Oct 11, 2018 4:04 pm
Forum: Current Events
Topic: A dithering Obama emboldened China
Replies: 52
Views: 2817

Re: A dithering Obama emboldened China

Why would China invade Taiwan? China did not need to invade Hong Kong or Macao in order to make them autonomous regions of China. No, because the UK and Portugal were willing to leave, and no one gave the people who actually live in those places a say. Taiwan could have made a similar deal with Chi...
by Sertorio
Thu Oct 11, 2018 11:57 am
Forum: Current Events
Topic: Calling all economists. I need your help.
Replies: 44
Views: 2554

Re: Calling all economists. I need your help.

The US has weaponized the dollar. There is no alternative to replacement of the dollar in international trade. If it's one part of the basket it's not able to be weaponised, yet its value to trade is retained. You may very well be right. But I don't think we can trust the US refraining from trying ...
by Sertorio
Thu Oct 11, 2018 11:52 am
Forum: Current Events
Topic: A dithering Obama emboldened China
Replies: 52
Views: 2817

Re: A dithering Obama emboldened China

Being Chinese yourself, you must know that the Chinese tend to be pretty rational people, having had 5,000 years to learn how to deal with other peoples... There are zero people, Chinese or otherwise, who are 5,000 years old, and you are oversimplifying and overestimating the positive impact of cul...