Monday, February 3, 2014

The New Republic Bashes French

Bashes French, the language, not France, the country. Why do I find this argument so muddle-headed? Is it the sheer philistinism? The unshakable utilitarian confidence that "use-value" is all that matters, or that the only "uses" that count are to be found in "business" or "everyday life?"

Peace. To each his own. Let a hundred flowers bloom.

Dieudonné Banned from England

Dieudonné, persona non grata au Royaume-Uni

Le ministère de l'intérieur britannique a annoncé que l'humoriste, qui avait prévu de se rendre au Royaume-Uni pour soutenir Nicolas Anelka, faisait désormais l'objet « d'une mesure d'exclusion » et était interdit de territoire.

Paul Krugman's Lecture on the Causes of the Great Recession

Here. See particularly the slide on "European industrial output," which shows the decline in this recession compared to the Great Depression.

Europe and Venture Capital

This is a very interesting piece by a Finnish entrepreneur and Silicon Valley insider. Europe has a vibrant tech/entrepreneurial scene, he says, but it's fallen off the US radar:
Go to Europe these days – to Berlin, London, Helsinki – drop in on any of the regional tech confabs and you will quickly see that the European startup scene is in the most bustling, vibrant shape it’s ever been. The potential is everywhere, and the energy is undeniable. Then you return Stateside, in my case to Palo Alto, and Europe isn’t just irrelevant among the tech industry power-set. It has virtually ceased to exist.
That is a mistake. Blame for the ruptured relationship lies on both sides of the Atlantic, but it is Europeans that have the power, and should have the motivation, to mend things.
I wonder where Paris fits on this map: Berlin, London, Helsinki--none of these cities is in France. (h/t FM)