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Mercados funcionam

Eis uma boa notícia sobre o funcionamento dos mercados e de como se deve entender bem o que isto quer dizer.

Mercado eficiente significa que ineficiências serão punidas. Claro, isto não deixa todo mundo feliz, mas eu garanto que o leitor prefere um dentista eficiente mexendo em sua boca do que pagar impostos para o governo subsidiar-lhe o tratamento com um outro, pouco preocupado com estes aspectos (sua dor, seu dente, etc).

Claudio
p.s. ah sim, na versão impressa há também detalhes sobre o papel do Estado, que confisca carroças dos catadores. Compre o jornal e leia que vale a pena.

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Se fosse uma entidade privada, tudo bem

Mas uma entidade pública com estes critérios de contratação?

Over Europe, for instance, the BBC has always treated anyone who doesn’t share its federalism – which just happens to be the great majority of the British population – as if they were demented xenophobes. In very telling words, the ex-cabinet secretary Lord Wilson blamed the BBC’s “institutional mindset” over Europe on a “homogenous professional recruitment base” and “a dislike for conservative ideas”.

Again, until recently, anyone who questioned, however gently, multiculturalism or mass immigration was treated like a piece of dirt – effectively enabling the BBC to all but close down debate on the biggest demographic change to this island in its history.

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Claudio

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Max Weber estava parcialmente certo?

Since colonial days, evangelical Protestantism in America has been a movement of entrepreneurial development, both in church structure and in church life. Such development was shaped by evangelical theology, which is characterized by four central themes: the Bible as the primary source of religious authority, unmerited forgiveness for sin granted only through Jesus’ death and resurrection, an emphasis on a conversion experience, and a missionary zeal to see conversion effected in others. What evangelicalism deemphasizes is also important: the institutionalization and successive authority of a church or body of churches, tradition as a source of religious authority, and the saving power of external rituals rather than ecstatic experiences.

Evangelical churches have tended to organize themselves more entrepreneurially than their hierarchical brethren. If one parish church felt too constrained or too liberated by its denomination, or if it sensed a wrongheaded shift in theology at higher levels, it was free to leave. The history of American religion involves a litany of evangelical splinter groups—Campbellites, New Lights, Cumberland Presbyterians, primitive Baptists, Southern Baptists, Wesleyan Methodists, Missouri Synod Lutherans, Orthodox Presbyterians, and more.

O pessoal do Acton deve ter algo a dizer.

Claudio

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A boa e velha imigração

In 2004, Hirsi Ali helped a Dutch director, Theo van Gogh, make a controversial film, “Submission,” about Muslim women suffering from forced marriages and wife beating. Van Gogh was murdered by an angry Muslim radical in response, and Hirsi Ali went into hiding. The press began to explore her past, discovering the “inventions” that she had used to get her refugee status. The Dutch threatened to revoke her citizenship; the American Enterprise Institute offered her a job in Washington.

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Claudio

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Preços dos imóveis deve aumentar em Beijing

Eis um exemplo de rent-seeking bem sucedido dos empreteiros chineses:

Os estrangeiros só poderão adquirir uma casa em Pequim para ser usado como habitação, e não poderão vendê-la ou alugá-la, segundo uma normativa destinada a talhar o investimento imobiliário, de acordo com a edição deste domingo do portal “Chinanews”.

Além disso, a partir de agora os compradores estrangeiros deverão demonstrar que estão há mais de um ano vivendo na capital chinesa por motivos de trabalho ou estudo antes de obter permissão para comprar um imóvel.

Todos que quiserem comprar um apartamento com fins “não pessoais” terão que estabelecer primeiro uma empresa e contar com a aprovação das autoridades, segundo a agência estatal “Xinhua”.

A medida chega depois de seis ministérios encabeçados pelo de Construção proporem, em julho, um plano para restringir o acesso dos estrangeiros ao setor imobiliário.

Notável.

Claudio

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Aproveitando os benefícios do papai ditador

Onde estava o neto do falecido líder bolivariano da Coréia do Norte nestes últimos dias? Ajudando seu país a combater a fome ou a se defender dos “imperialistas” norte-americanos e japoneses? Nadinha…

Ele estava na nova Las Vegas do oriente: Macau.

Quem paga por esta viagem? Vejamos alguns números:

South Korean employers pay North Korean employees in the Kaesong Industrial Complex $59 a month. North Korean authorities take 30 percent of that salary and the workers take home $41 worth of goods (not in cash). And in actual foreign exchange rate terms, the average North Korean worker makes about $1 a month. An ordinary North Korean worker must slog 460 months to cover Kim Jong-nam’s Macau hotel stay for one night, and a Kaesong worker 11 months. It’s difficult to calculate how many North Korean workers must toil and sweat to finance Kim’s gambling, drinking and shopping. How many workers must toil to support Kim Jong-chul’s tour through Europe to hear Eric Clapton?

Using the six-party nuclear talks as a pawn, North Korea is demanding access to $24 million of its assets frozen in a Macau bank account. This is part of a slush fund North Korean officials are managing and is used as spending money for the communist country’s ruling elite, including Kim Jong-nam. Pro-North Korean officials in South Korea are trying to turn a blind eye to this eyesore while spending tens of billions of won (US$1=W937) operating 15 truth-finding commissions to rake up the past.

É de se admirar. Aqui no Brasil, claro, também há gente que se aproveita do poder paternal para abusar. Lembra-se do avião da FAB? Pois é. A diferença é que o escroque aí acima tem, pela pobreza do país (não dos pais), vergonha de ser visto nestes seus passeios de luxo. Aqui, até divulgam fotos em blogs (até serem pegos).

A triste realidade do mundo…

Claudio

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Como queimar o filme

Como professor sou sempre obrigado a repreender (mesmo) alunos que apresentam trabalhos de qualidade sofrível. Nem sempre eles percebem que é para seu próprio bem.

Quando falo de trabalhos sofríveis, não se engane, estou a dizer que mesmo os melhores estudantes cometem erros crassos. A partir de hoje eu vou usar o exemplo do governo do Zimbabwe:

Zimbabwean officials, eager to lure China to prop up the country’s waning economic fortunes, were left with egg on their faces when a visiting Chinese tourism delegation pointed out that the messages of welcome displayed at Harare International Airport upon their arrival were in Korean.

“I think you have to create a good image among Chinese people. The first impression that you get when you hear about Zimbabwe is that it is not safe and is poor, although this is not what we have seen. In fact, it is Africa’s paradise,” said a member of the visiting Chinese group at a press briefing this week.

But it became apparent at a media briefing that the Chinese were not impressed by being greeted in the language of their great rivals, the Koreans.

“We arrived at the Harare International Airport and felt embarrassed to see messages meant for the Chinese written in Korean,” said a member of the delegation.

Imagine quantos “burocratas benevolentes” não cuidaram do evento. E passou batido. Quanto você acha que isto significa em perda de potencial de investimento? Eis as consequências da falta de cuidado. Isto é uma das coisas que deveriam ensinar melhor aos bons e aos indolentes.

Claudio

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Como o governo usa massacres para fazer auto-propaganda

I see that the Shanghaiist has linked to the youtube edition of a “documentary” on the Rape of Nanking, one of the most evil and depraved aberrations of the 20th Century. It happened, it was unforgivable and if my own family had been one of the victims, it would be a source of outrage my entire life, as the Holocaust is to me today.

This video, however, is nothing but a piece of embarrassingly obvious propaganda that, with the very first voiceover, betrays its agenda and prejudices.

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And yes, this is the same cynical video that created a bit of a firestorm here a few months ago. Before the usual suspects whine that I don’t understand China and hate them and don’t know how bad the Japanese were, read through the earlier thread. I know, I sympathize, I reject the revisionists in Japan who would rewrite the awful story, and I have read Iris Chang’s book. I know. I also hate propaganda and the manipulation of the masses with images and slogans designed to appeal to man’s basest instincts, and attempts to titillate and incite with a never-ending stream of graphic photos of dismembered women and children, clearly attempting to fan the flames so the hatred burns as intensely now as 60+ years ago. Tell the story of the Rape of Nanking and the Holocaust and show us the photos. Show us the videos of the innocents beheaded in Iraq. But do it in a manner that educates and informs, as opposed to titillating with vulgarity and lewdness.

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Claudio

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