Wednesday, March 02, 2005

From Reason Online comes this little nugget:

Kyoto is a solution in search of a problem.

I'll add that the Kyoto may have started out as an initiative in responsible environmentalism, but was transformed by Europeans into a weapon for the practise of anti-Americanism... anything to slow down the growth of the behemoth, so that certain others might catch up and overtake it.


Anonymous tocquev said...

Boy - I could not concur more. There is such an anti-Americanism afoot on all fronts. Tuomioja and the likes across Euroland are perpetuating old myths and for some reason in effect long for some type of socialist system, which simply has failed, everywhere. Markets work, Ireland is a brilliant example (in some ways they are closer to the US than Europe) - the IDA (the entity set up to promote the country) simply ensured that corporate taxes were brought way down and sure enough - U.S. and other companies showed up. In the case of Ireland many pundits have tried to highlight other factors such as population boom, heavy gov't intervention etc. - it was a simple case of Reaganomics at work. Now the Economist (for whatever its worth) - ranked the country as the most livable (or something akin) for the upcoming years. Tuomioja, Halonen and crew - give it up!!!

6:35 PM  
Blogger Finnpundit said...

Ireland is a fantastic economic case study, yet they do seem to be falling into the habit of freeriderism, eschewing as they are any kind of moral responsibility to practise what they preach. Just look at their performance on the international stage, still making excuses for "legitimate" forms of terrorism in the Middle East.

Estonia, on the other hand, is impressive. Not only are they closely studying best economic practises in successful economies, but they are not afraid to stand up for what they believe in, even if it means crossing Russia. And the way they've lectured Finland for not doing enough to support freedom! I loved that! It was well said (by their foreign minister, recently), though I doubt Finns really didn't understand the significance of that.

Finns have lost any moral credibility on the international scene they've once enjoyed, as far as I'm concerned. They are have become cowardly freeloaders, to put it succinctly.

11:08 PM  
Anonymous tocquev said...

I predict that Estonia may indeed economically surpass Finland in the next 5-7 years or so - though I understand there are presently some internal skirmishes which may delay this process.

I have to say that I am quite baffled that people don't see that the answer is in letting people be free, and not having government for its own sake.

12:21 AM  
Blogger Markku said...

Really? According to CIA World Factbook, Finland's annual GDP per capita (purchasing power) is 27,400 USD, and that of Estonia is 12,300 USD. Estonian economy grew 4.7% and Finnish economy grew 1.9%. Are you perhaps predicting that Estonian economic growth jump to a really staggering level in the near future and stay there, or that Finnish economy contract violently?

10:11 AM  

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