Gee, I wish I were as well informed as everyone else on this forum, apparently.
European history is a "no interest" subject in American schools. I had a little history in high school, but none since. It doesn't concern us, and we don't go into it unless one majors in European history for some ungodly reason in college.
When I was in high school, those preparing for a liberal arts course in college were required to take Latin; those preparing for a scientific course were required to take German. Nowadays, you can't find a high school which teaches Latin anywhere, and NO foreign languages are required. The US has only two neighbor countries, and one of them speaks English. Foreign languages simply aren't necessary most of the time. Those of us who have worked and/or lived outside the country have far more of a need for languages, but in general nobody cares.
So I'm ignorant of European history. That fact doesn't bother me a bit. I can always learn. I dare say I'm knowledgeable in several areas in which you are equally ignorant.
I, however, don't find it necessary to make an issue out of anyone's ignorance. Everyone's ignorant of many things.
Germany is only loosely connected, even today. I kid them that Germany will never be unified so long as Bayern remains a Freistaat. I'm not sure where they are off the top of my head, but there are a couple of other Freistaaten even today.
Today, the UK is having political problems Scotland wants to secede, and much of Ireland would rather secede as well. I'm not sure on this, but I think both Australia and Canada are thinking of more autonomy in the Commonwealth. (DP would surely know more about that.)
I'm not familiar with the Italian situation. I know it only as a single country.
The US is apparently having what amounts to a citizen rebellion against the present government, but no one's talking secession.
This is right down your alley:
I've long advocated the viewpoint that the workers are not entitled to a share of the profits unless they are stockholders. The workers don't risk their own money in the venture. They're paid for their work, and that's the end of their entitlement.
This is the first really strong endorsement of that viewpoint I've seen, and the labor unions are going to hate it.
"Just like the UN and all the rest of the useless, ineffectual, corrupt, and mismanaged organizations that are sucking the life out of the tax payers. Close them down and let the morons find real jobs, no one will miss them."
At least we're in agreement on that point. I suppose it may be called overdone patriotism, but I think we may look at the United States as the only successful union of several states into one nation.
So long as there's independent soverignty in the group, with no one willing to surrender that sovereignty, in my opinion there's no unity.
In the case of the US, the various states acknowledge the federal government and its role in interstate matters (although that doesn't mean they're satisfied with the way it's doing its job, as the present upheaval clearly proves).
Nellie (and Jerry):
Maybe it's because I've spent too much of my life in a courtroom, but it seems amazing to me that all the talk is about civil rights and integration, completely ignoring the illegal occupation issue.
If there's any "integrating" to be done, it should be done in Bulgaria and/or Romania. In any event, it's not France's problem to integrate any minority except one which is legally within their borders.
France is expelling illegal aliens, and any country has the right to do that.
50% more Chinese Tourists in Bulgaria
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