First, I didn’t believe that those countries that were entitlement-focused, such as the Greeks, would ever be as fiscally responsible as, say, the Germans, so the Germans (and other countries where there was a responsible work ethic) would end up subsidizing the Greeks (and to a lesser extent, Spain, Portugal, etc.)Work ethic? Stats from OECD show the opposite. Here's a chopped and channeled piece from a chart of annual hours worked. It happens to place Germany next to Greece alphabetically... Germany 1371, Greece 2042. Greeks work 49% longer than Krauts. Not a minor difference. In fact Germany has the SHORTEST hours of all the industrial nations for most years. A few times Norway beats Germany by a small margin. US comes in sort of midrange at 1690 for the latest year. The real difference is SYSTEM, not ethic. Germany is highly systematic about everything, training its workers to maximize their skills and insuring that its products have a competitive advantage in exports. Maximizing the value of each hour = minimizing the hours.
Polistra was named after the original townsite of Manhattan (the one in Kansas). When I was growing up in Manhattan, I spent a lot of time exploring by foot, bike, and car. I discovered the ruins of an old mill along Wildcat Creek, and decided (inaccurately) that it was the remains of the original site of Polistra. Accurate or not, I've always liked the name, with its echoes of Poland (an under-appreciated friend of freedom) and stars. ==== The title icon is explained here. ==== Switchover: This 2007 entry marks a sharp change in worldview from neocon to pure populist. ===== The long illustrated story of Polistra's Dream is a time-travel fable, attempting to answer the dangerous revision of New Deal history propagated by Amity Shlaes. The Dream has 8 episodes, linked in a chain from the first. This entry explains the Shlaes connection.