Smart Links 05 August 2012
Commentary on the role of the state, the two person bike race, money market fund danger, and bilingualism in Quebec.
America’s infantile debate.
Economist -- Another fine mess
A useful debate has begun about America’s biggest domestic challenge, but it is comically shallow.
Quotes worth quoting.
“Our prejudice is firmly in favour of a leaner state, but the Republicans need to recognise, as their intellectual forebears did from Adam Smith to Abraham Lincoln, that government has an important role to play in a capitalist economy, providing public goods and a safety net.”
“Mr Obama seems to think the public sector is inherently more moral than the private one. Companies are at best cows to be milked, at worst prey to be hunted.”
Globe and Mail -- Age collides with politics in today's fractured Quebec
Sitting on a stool at Caffe della Via, a hip student hangout on the fringes of Montreal’s fast-gentrifying Petite Italie, Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois is remarkably composed.
Tactics on winning the two person bike race. Thanks to Ken of Tokyo/Hong Kong.
New York Times -- How to Win: Track Cycling
Each step is followed by a case study – the 2008 World Track Championship featuring Theo Bos vs. Chris Hoy.
The next financial bubble.
Financial Times -- The Achilles heel of America’s financial system
What is the weakest link in America’s financial system today?
More sore teeth.
National Post -- Pauline Marois makes clear that bilingualism only applies outside Quebec
Anyone who ever dealt with the Bloc Quebecois knows they rarely make much effort to sell their case in English.
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