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Monday, July 6, 2009

THE HISTORICAL EMERGENCE OF THREE SEPARATE LOWLAND COUNTRIES: NETHERLANDS, BELGIUM, AND LUXEMBOURG. AND THE FUTURE OF BELGIUM AS A UNITED COUNTRY --- AS WELL AS THE FUTURE AND WHAT THE RIGHT-WING SHIFT IN THE EU PORTENDS

Today's 2nd Buggy Topic, As the Windy Subject-Title Above Suggests . . .

ranges widely, in response to some queries left by a poster at Economist View where prof bug had posted an initial, spun-out analysis of institutional reforms in Europe carried out by Napoleonic conquest in the late 1790 down until 1815  --- contrasted, more specifically, with the far-reaching, global institutional changes initiated and sustained by the US superpower: first in the non-Communist world since 1945 down to the end of the cold war;  and then, since 1991, world-wide.

What's At Stake Here, Politically and Economically?

 Just this: for a good 64 years now, the US has emerged as the first hegemonic super-power in all of history  anywhere, on any continent --- never mind globally ---that has had no territorial demands on others; has not created colonies outside its borders; and has set up and largely managed (with help from other democratic, economically advanced countries) a global order of institutionalized rules for trade flows of goods, services, finance, and technology in economics. 

The same is true in security-matters. 

Specifically, in  that more difficult and challenging realm, the US has initiated and fostered an institutionalized rule-based set of organizations like NATO and the United Nations.  And, by way of illustration, since 1991 --- when the cold war ended for good --- the United States has used force aborad without either NATO or Security Council authorization only once . . . over Saddamite Iraq in 2003.  Even then, it had the support of all 28 members of NATO (including those who were candidate-members) except for France, Germany, Belgium, Greece, and Canada.  As compensation, Australia heavily supported the US position and sent a fairly large military force to join the US-led invasion.  Several more democratic countries like Japan and South Korea similarly supported it.

Not Liked by Left-Wing Enthusiasts, This Pro-American Buggy Analysis --- On the Contrary

Not hard to understand why, is it?

Hopeful, you see,  for some sort of socialism --- and antagonistic, as well, to American-style capitalism, the entire country seen largely as a racist, sexist, oligarchic-controlled  menace of aggressive imperialist designs world-wide --- our always-frustrated left-wing liberals and radicals invariably bridle, it seems, at anything that doesn't jibe with their cocky, taken-for-granted beliefs and socialist longings. 

Enter the pleasure of  prof bug, the arch-dissenter at Economist View --- just as, until the late spring of 2008, please observe, he was the equally frisky dissenter at the ultra-libertarian web-site known as Econ-Log . . . only to be booted off in May or June.   No matter.  Can't be helped.  Prof bug forever brashly happy to have a go at cliques of cocksure ideologues, whether left-wing, right-wing, or just intolerant religious or pc pulpit-pounders. 

In his view, all are fair game for fun-filled dissection . . . particularly if the substantive dismantling ends in a conclusive coroner's report. 

And So . . .

And so, to put it in plain language, nothing gives prof bug more giddy pleasure than to see these cocky zealots --- whether of the left, right, or just outer-space tub-thumpers--- go skyhooting into fits of raw rage as he unpacks his arguments at odds with their cocky, intransigently held dogmas.  Click here for the buggy post in question (the 2nd in that thread).  Oh, as a follow-up post with (let us hope) some comic buzz, click here in a different thread.