Monday, December 9, 2013
Tyler Cowen travels to a strange and mysterious land
A wondrous place, where ethnicity is an allowed basis for discrimination and the government actually defends the nation's cultural and territorial integrity.
A special snowflake of a country where economists worry about the middle class instead of whether their billionaire patrons have a cheap enough workforce, where housing can be priced “inefficiently high,” and where policymakers prioritize national survival over trade across borders.
For that matter, "borders" are a legitimate topic for discussion, and won't get you fired or laughed out of the room as a racist-xenophobic-troglodyte-Neanderthal relic.
A land of milk and honey, where the government pays militant nationalists to do nothing but steep themselves in the national legenda and breed more little nationalists to follow the same career path.
This country is so important and powerful that its citizens can form private militias and call for military protection, even when they voluntarily plop themselves down in the territory of a neighboring state. And not even Barack Hussein Obama will accuse them of clinging to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.
Truly, a magical place.