Korea done, Canada done, Japan done, Mercosur, Chile, Mexico well on their way, now getting started on NZ, Australia. The EU is setting the pace for extending free trade well beyond the WTO multilateral high water mark.
Of course, if you read this thread of mine last year then you'll know all about it. You'll also know that these things do not get done overnight, they take years, sometimes decades of preparation before negotiations can even start.
If the UK does indeed Brexit, it doesn't matter whether it's a hard, soft, or no deal Brexit, all those deals will have to be done from scratch. It will take years. What do UK importers and exporters do in the meantime? Leavers cannot answer this question except with platitudes.
She answers her own question: “At the heart of this contradiction is a fixation on status. To Brexit supporters, EU members are bullying equals or uppity inferiors who need to be taught a lesson on British pluck.” Whereas we’ll happily assume the position for our US dom.
It’s a genuine insight. The UK *is* obsessed with status. It’s a sickness. Your accent, your school, your pedigree, everyone’s insecure here. And yet Trump is the ultimate non-U interloper, there’s not a club in St James where he wouldn’t be instantly blackballed.
“If a paper like this was going to be published, they should have done so just before they triggered Article 50. … it is not acceptable now, with just weeks of negotiating time left.” Further can-kicking, leaving either cliff edge or total capitulation. politics.co.uk/blogs/2018/07/…
Seems the White Paper shows that HMG still hasn’t woken up and sniffed the coffee. Still bathing in faith-fuelled delusion both about themselves and about the EU. Right now, I’m afraid I’m upping my prediction of a no deal armageddobrexit to 75% likely.
I predict that in this scenario the only mitigation would be emergency extension of A50 period or emergency sectoral agreements for nuclear, aviation.
THREAD: There have been a lot of inaccurate reports that the FCC's repeal of #NetNeutrality will officially go into effect next week on April 23rd. That's not true. It's a bit more complicated than that. Ready? Here we go:
Its understandable many journos are confused by this. I's legitimately confusing. The FCC order said it would go into effect 60 days after publication in the Federal Register, which would have been April 23rd. But, it still has to be approved by the Office of Management & Budget
There was another FCC filing in the Federal Register that would imply the earliest the OMB could approve this (and its worth noting that approval is basically just a technicality) is actually April 27th, but its likely to happen some time after that, possibly even weeks after.
Today I will be tweeting on my next essay on the state of Dharma during colonial period: 14. DHARMA – TWO METHODS OF UNDERSTANDING: WESTERN AND DHARMIC. As this is long I will tweet it in 4 segments for 4 days. My essays form the philosophical and histrorical basis.
1. Understanding of the foundations of the Western and Indian civilisations by each other is not wanting altogether.
2. We of the both sides – West and India – of our respective civilizations live in our own separate contexts.
3. But it is to acquire a still sharper focus, a deeper content, and a greater awareness of each other we need each other in a far more fundamental sense than they have hitherto believed.
Guess what? There's a family birthday on the weekend I have to celebrate, so we're doing a book chapter early.
A James Gregor's "Mussolini's Intellecutals"
Doctrinal Interlude: The Initiatic Racism of Julius Evola
Previously, geopolitical exigencies required the Fascists, virtually all of whom were Idealists or Catholics, to tolerate the Nazi's materialist strain of biological racism. Giovanni Gentile wasn't going to take it lying down though, and neither was a certain "superfascist."
"Wait, the 1930's? Didn't Italian dependence on Germany happen during the war?" No, because Mussolini made the most dire mistake possible: Trusting Anglos.
1. Yesterday, I tweeted about writing a series, and several replies were along the lines of OMG IF AN EDITOR WANTS ME TO CHANGE MY BOOK, I'M OUT. So I'm going to talk about that today, because it's important for those who wish to be traditionally published. First: bad news...
2. Let's say you write a book. You get an agent. Your agent thinks the book is flawless and requests no changes. She sells it to an editor. The editor thinks the book is flawless and requests no changes. THIS HAS NEVER HAPPENED. IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN. STOP IMAGINING IT.
3. So if you want to be traditionally published, you've got to grow accustomed to having other cooks in your kitchen. That doesn't mean they're going to turn your pumpkin pie into a kale salad. That means they're going to make your stew more delicious. It's a team effort.