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Adapted from the latest Radio Derb, available exclusively on VDARE.com

This week’s Main Stream Media news was dominated by the impeachment hearings going on in Congress. I haven’t had anything much to say about this, and still don’t. I’m not very interested in it, and can’t be bothered to engage with the details. Ukraine…whistle-blower…transcripts…quid pro quo…[snoring sounds].

The Democrats have gone all-out nuts. Any human being is susceptible to sour grapes after a disappointment; but when the disappointment arises not from some illegality or gross wrong, but from losing a fair contest under legal or social rules long agreed to, adult human beings swallow their sour grapes and get on with the business of life. A person who doesn’t do that is a person who has lost proper adult self-control—no different from a drunkard, a lecher, or a chronic gambler. It’s disgusting.

The current clown show in Congress has foreigners laughing at us—I know this from my personal contacts. This, they are saying, this is a serious nation? Leader of the Free World?

They are right to laugh at us. Our nation, like every other nation, has public issues to deal with, problems to solve, disagreements to sort out. Some of the issues are pressing; some of the problems, difficult; some of the disagreements sharp.

For us here at VDARE.com the most pressing issue is the National Question: matters of immigration, national sovereignty, national stability and cohesion. There are plenty of other matters our national legislature should be busy attending to, though.

We are still fighting the missionary wars of the early 2000s, even though there is near-universal agreement—Max Boot and John Bolton are the only dissenters I can think of—that those wars were futile, if not counter-productive. We are still locked into military alliances that ceased to make any sense when the Cold War ended an entire generation ago. The nation’s finances are in a sorry state: a trillion-dollar deficit and 23 trillion dollars of debt.

There are major social problems, too: homeless camps in our city streets, rising deaths from drug addiction, the increasing difficulty for young people of getting a home and starting a family, the out-of-control college rackets.

And what are our nation’s legislators concentrating their energies on? Ukraine…whistle-blower…transcripts…quid pro quo … [snoring sounds].

In contrast, here’s a news story I pulled off the wires. This is from BBC News, by Imogen Foulkes, November 14th. Headline: Switzerland’s plan to stop stockpiling coffee proves hard to swallow:

The Swiss are nothing if not well-prepared. Theirs is a country with a nuclear bunker for every household, a country that tests its air raid sirens every year, and a country that, although one of the wealthiest in the world, stockpiles thousands of tonnes of goods in case of an emergency—including coffee.

Tim the unready (L) is contrasted with Tom the ready, in this Swiss government video

But when the Swiss government proposed ending the stockpiling of coffee earlier this year, the plan was met with fierce resistance.

The drink, low in calories and with little nutritional value, did not belong, the government said, on the “essential to life” list.

But this led to a public outcry. The Swiss are among the world’s biggest drinkers of coffee, and many, it seems, do regard it as “essential.” Faced with such a public response, the government said it would reconsider.

Now that’s a country with a good sensible approach to national issues—Should the federal government stockpile coffee against a national emergency?

That’s a topic I could get interested in—way more interesting than the fine parsing of phone calls between the President and some apparatchik in some no-account junkyard country whose legislators can be bought over the counter like pounds of cheese.

The more I write about international matters, in fact, the more I wonder why the whole world doesn’t just go Swiss—I mean, adopt the Swiss model of government. We are an imitative species, aren’t we? Why don’t we all imitate Switzerland? They have a good thing going up there in the Alps.

Can you name the president of Switzerland? No, I can’t either. I had to look him up: It’s a chap named Ulrich Maurer. Don’t feel bad about not knowing that: I’m told some large number of Swiss people can’t name their country’s president either. That’s what I call having politics in the right place on your list of priorities.

Here’s the background section from the Wikipedia page for Herr Mauer:

Maurer grew up as the son of a poor farmer in the Zürcher Oberland. After a commercial apprenticeship, Maurer received a federal accountant’s diploma. He was director of the Zürich Farmers’ Association from 1994 to 2008 and president of the Swiss Vegetable Farmers’ Association and the Farmers’ Machinery Association (Maschinenring) until his election to the Federal Council.

Currently resident in Hinwil in the canton of Zürich, Maurer is married and has six children. He has served in the Swiss Army with the rank of major, commanding a bicycle infantry battalion.

You can’t help but smile. Swiss, and an accountant?

Isn’t that, like, double boring?

And “a bicycle infantry battalion“—wha’?

Well, you can smile, but there are things in there that would incline me to vote for Herr Maurer, all else being equal. He’s the son of a dirt farmer—no silver spoon there. Accounting may lack the glamor of being a real-estate mogul or community organizer, but keeping the nation’s books balanced is an essential function of government.

On the military angle: I don’t know how it is in Switzerland, but British Army folklore says that the rank of major is the highest rank at which you’re doing real out-in-the-field soldiering, before the paperwork takes over.

So without any knowledge of Swiss politics or any personal acquaintance with Herr Maurer, I must say, I like the cut of his jib.

It doesn’t hurt that Wikipedia describes his party, the Swiss People’s Party, as “national-conservativeand “right-wing populist.”

That settles it, the guy’s got my vote. Can we get him over here?

Or can we at least get to a place where none of us knows or cares much who the President is, and where the headline national issue is government stockpiling of coffee?

John Derbyshire [email him] writes an incredible amount on all sorts of subjects for all kinds of outlets. (This no longer includes National Review, whose editors had some kind of tantrum and fired him.) He is the author of We Are Doomed: Reclaiming Conservative Pessimism and several other books. He has had two books published by VDARE.com com: FROM THE DISSIDENT RIGHT (also available in Kindle) and FROM THE DISSIDENT RIGHT II: ESSAYS 2013.

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  1. Lot says:

    Best run country in Europe, and it isn’t close.

    • Replies: @follyofwar
    , @Paw
  2. anonymous1963 [AKA "anon21"] says:

    The Swiss mind their own business, secure their borders and have zero immigration. The opposite of America.

    • Replies: @The Alarmist
    , @Adrian E.
  3. I sometimes wonder how Switzerland is even allowed to exist as they do in this day and age. I mean, why haven’t we declared war on them for not getting with the program and destroying their country like the rest of us?

    Then I remember: The Oligarchs who really run this (clown) show need a place to stash their money

  4. lal says:

    if only they would stockpile cigarettes and wine! If you don’t use those things you can surely use them as valuable trade items. The Swiss know how to govern. Their banks not so much…

  5. camus10 says:

    of all places on Unz, Derby has selected a socialist police state for comparison. after coffee hoarding they hold hegemonic banks as a privileged elite. Where the middle class shrinks into oblivion. you stepped in a cow-pie derby….

    where the elders are dispossessed by social agency rackets empowered to incarcerate independent living pensioners all this to capture their assets and equities

    where anti family canton agencies are running child abduction rackets

    but yeah. great infrastructure and a supreme tourist heaven…. sure give that

    https://medicalkidnap.com/2019/09/02/is-geneva-switzerland-the-global-center-for-cps-and-child-trafficking/
    http://www.worldcorruption.info
    Dear Dr. ATTESLANDER,

    We both took part in the 3rd public Swiss economic summit on November 9, 2019 in the Bern City Hall. In her main presentation, the organizer of the event, Theres SCHÖNI, courageously pointed out the pyramid of secret societies, which is exploiting the world population. I was very enlightened to learn that the current patron of the Swiss National Bank, Thomas JORDAN, belongs to the oligarchic Masonic Lodge Joseph MAISTRE.
    You retaliated that you were shocked to have to listen to such conspiracy theories. You repeated the hackneyed argument that “belief” in this absurd conspiracy theory lives only on the stupidity of its advocates. I contradicted you in private. With the attached short presentation I prove that we are not dealing with a dogma of faith. Hard facts prove the real existence of the global plot.
    I hereby invite you to a TV disputation on the subject. Various TV journalists, including Jonas POJER, Arena/FDRS, Alexis FAVRE, Infrarouge/TSR read me in copy. In the absence of an invitation to such a disputation, it will once again be proven that the mass media are in the iron grip of censorship.
    I’m looking forward to the invitation. Sincerely yours.

    Gerhard ULRICH, Dissident

    • Replies: @AKAHorace
  6. Sean says:

    Big business is left alone and not taxed in Switzerland (Sweden is surprisingly similar). But if business gets greedy and is demanding immigration and employing lobbyists throwing money at the legislators. then the interests of the common people will become neglected, and they will elect charismatic populist politicians.

  7. Miro23 says:

    A great article from Derb. Who would have guessed? The Swiss mind their own business.

    The more I write about international matters, in fact, the more I wonder why the whole world doesn’t just go Swiss—I mean, adopt the Swiss model of government. We are an imitative species, aren’t we? Why don’t we all imitate Switzerland? They have a good thing going up there in the Alps.

    Can you name the president of Switzerland? No, I can’t either. I had to look him up: It’s a chap named Ulrich Maurer. Don’t feel bad about not knowing that: I’m told some large number of Swiss people can’t name their country’s president either. That’s what I call having politics in the right place on your list of priorities.

    And this:

    The Swiss are nothing if not well-prepared. Theirs is a country with a nuclear bunker for every household, a country that tests its air raid sirens every year, and a country that, although one of the wealthiest in the world, stockpiles thousands of tonnes of goods in case of an emergency—including coffee.

    Tim the unready (L) is contrasted with Tom the ready, in this Swiss government video

    The problem for US politicians, would be that going Swiss would involve prioritizing the wellbeing of US citizens – something that they haven’t thought about in their lifetimes.

    And it’s not just that Switzerland is a small country with a true local democracy (taxes raised and spent locally). Russia, for example, also provides its citizens with community nuclear shelters and regular emergency training.

    • Replies: @attilathehen
  8. @anonymous1963

    The Swiss mind their own business, secure their borders and have zero immigration. The opposite of America.

    You haven’t been on the ground then: I’ve seen more than a few African migrants wandering the streets of several Swiss towns, and the country has issues with “asylum” seekers, not to mention their own subset of deranged locals who welcome the diversity.

    https://iaswiss.ch

    • Agree: El Dato
  9. @lal

    … if only they would stockpile cigarettes and wine!

    It’s more useful to stockpile cigarettes and hard liquor, like vodka, especially for barter purposes, and I don’t need government to handle that for me.

  10. “Leader of the Free World?”

    With more people in cages than anywhere else in the world.

    And very largely the wrong ones.

    “those wars were futile, if not counter-productive. ”

    And the dickhead misses the main point. They were appalling war crimes, gone unpunished.

    Where is Bush the Lesser’s cage?

  11. Realist says:
    @Patrick in SC

    Then I remember: The Oligarchs who really run this (clown) show need a place to stash their money

    …And hide when the SHTF.

  12. El Dato says:
    @Patrick in SC

    Oligarchs who need to “stash their money” are losers.

    Real players do not need to “stash their money”. In fact, you are probably living in their house and working in their factory, producing goods that you will buy in their warehouses. Using paper “money” whose worth can be adjusted downwards whenever a large undertaking needs to be performed.

    David Brin had the fantasy of the World coming together and bombing Switzerland to nuclear smithereens in the novel “Earth” because they wouldn’t abide to open the banking books.

    I still don’t know whether that was an outbreak of strong leftism or sarcasm. I’m afraid it was the former.

  13. Adrian E. says:
    @anonymous1963

    Switzerland is one of the countries with the highest immigration rates. Also (apart from very small countries like Luxemburg or the special case of Israel), there are quite few countries where so many inhabitants have been born in another country. Over 20% of the inhabitants of Switzerland are foreigners. To some degree, this has something to do with Swiss citizenship being difficult to obtain, but it is also because the immigration rate to Switzerland is higher than in most other countries.

    Certainly, it is mostly highly qualified people who immigrate to Switzerland, mainly from other European countries, there are also significant numbers of expats from other continents.

    But there are also asylum seekers and other people from the Middle East and Africa. It is true that the giant immigration wave of 2015 and 2016 affected Switzerland much less than Germany and Sweden. Switzerland had adapted its asylum policies in order not to make the country too attractive to asylum seekers (within the range of what is possible under the Dublin treaty). But before that, Switzerland had regularly been among the countries with high numbers of asylum seekers relative to the population, below Sweden, but above Germany (probably these relatively high numbers of asylum seekers is also what had led to more restrictive asylum policies which then led to Switzerland not being one of the main immigration targets in 2015/2016). It should not be too surprising that a rich country like Switzerland had long been a country favored by asylum seekers.

    No one who is in the center of a Swiss city and looks around will deny that the Swiss population is very diverse and multicultural. At the same time, Switzerland has avoided the formation of ghettos, no go zones and hotbeds of criminality like in Belgium, Sweden, France, or Britain. On the whole, this is probably mostly because, although there have been high levels of immigration for a long time, a significant share of immigrants have always been highly qualified, well-educated people who could integrate relatively well.

  14. @lal

    Hard liquor (per Alarmist) is good, and cigarettes are a product that I’ve never gotten a good number on a shelf-life for, not being a smoker who can test them. Other than actual money, “junk silver” meaning NOT JUNK, but pre-1965 dimes, quarters, half-dollars, and dollars with 0.72% silver, the best barter item would be .223, 9mm, and .22LR cartridges.

    Those 3 types, in my estimation, are the most common. It ain’t like you have to spend a lot of money. On the .22 Long Rifle, it used to be 2 cents/round in the ’90s, then ~ 4 cents, and 6-10 now. Still, get a bunch of 500 round bricks or the 550 round containers that are the size and shape of a pint milk carton.

    Lastly, on this prepping business in Switzerland, there’s more big-government BS. Granted, as Mr. Derbyshire writes, at least the Swiss Government cares about the Swiss people – our government does not give a damn about the American people. However, it’s not the government’s job to force us to prep. Those who do will come out a lot better in a crisis. The ones who don’t, well, maybe we are better off seeing them at the SHTF version of the grocery store, marked down, “50% off Long Pig, today only, 10 rounds of .223 a pound”.

    • Agree: The Alarmist
    • Replies: @The Alarmist
    , @Lot
    , @Lot
  15. @Patrick in SC

    Unlike the People’s Republics in the USA, Swiss MEN have these AT HOME:

    In the USA, our “men” cry about AR-15s, “high power sniper rifles,” trans-gender bathrooms,…

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  16. SFG says:

    Swiss accountants: somebody asked me how I saved almost three-quarters of my income. I told them my grand-uncle was the Chief Rabbi of Edinburgh. 😉

  17. @The Alarmist

    Lorenzo Quadri of the Ticino League Party has been pushing for suspension of the Schengen Agreement that facilitates the movement of Third Worlders.

  18. Imagine if every lawyer in the US Congress was replaced with an accountant….

    It would be really boring–and the nation _would_ have a balanced budget.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  19. @Achmed E. Newman

    In a pinch, you can melt your junk silver and mold it into 0.22, 0.223 and 9mm projectiles and use them to take the junk silver the roving gangs stole from some other poor schlub who wasn’t adequately armed 😉

    Make sure to keep plenty of dry powder … police your brass and re-use it … recycling can be good!

    Cigarettes in a plastic-wrapped vacuum-sealed box don’t go stale for several years.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  20. @Lot

    Probably the best run country in the world. Any country located between Germany and Italy with the intelligence to remain neutral and stay out of that fratricidal war (WWII) must be doing something right. The last thing we need today is another “Brother’s War,” which the JUSA is pushing on Ukraine, and ultimately Russia. One more big war of whites killing other whites and what’s left of the race is finished.

    • Replies: @Lot
  21. AKAHorace says:
    @camus10

    I read somewhere that if you really feel the need to be racially paranoid, you can make a better case for the Swiss than the Jews.

    • Replies: @jamie b.
  22. @Justvisiting

    Haha, make it accountants who have to pass a rigorous test on the US Constitution or they won’t get their CPAs, and I’m down.

    Your comment reminded me that I wanted to thank Mr. Derbyshire for that funny 5 minute clip. The Two Ronnies? Never heard of it – shades of Monty Python, though.

  23. Lot says:
    @follyofwar

    Switzerland would be better run if it were natalist like Israel.

    Swiss fertility: 1.53 children per women
    Israel: 3.13.

    1.53 isn’t that bad compared to its immediate neighbors though.

    Hope they get it back well above 2. I don’t want a world with the number of Swiss goes down every year.

    • Replies: @Dieter Kief
  24. Lot says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    “ cigarettes are a product that I’ve never gotten a good number on a shelf-life”

    Not a smoker either, but a long time ago I found an unopened pack my roommate had lost when we were moving out that fell behind the furniture. It was like 2 years old. He said it was very dried out and just barely usable.

    Cigars can be preserved longer in a humidor.

    “ pre-1965 dimes, quarters, half-dollars, and dollars with 0.72% silver”

    Those are all 90% silver. There were a small number of kennedy half dollars and ike dollars at 40% after 1965 and War Nickels at 35%.

    72%, never for us coins.

    Canada was 80% silver until 1967.

  25. @The Alarmist

    Keep some old lead/acid car batteries on hand for that, Alarmist. Don’t melt down old GW, TJ, or even the Commie FDR. That would make me and Ron Paul #sad.

    Yes, I know they have a core charge now, and I don’t know if that’s for some environmental law or they really want the old battery to refurbish it. It used to be they CHARGED YOU to take your battery. I’d pour the acid out in the grass and then bring it home.

  26. Lot says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Now I realize where you got the .72 from.

    Mercury dimes are 90% silver. A dollar’s worth of them has .72 troy oz of silver total. This works for all pre 65 silver coins except the dollar coins themselves, which are .78oz per dollar. They are also 90% silver, but are physically a little bigger than 2 halfs or 10 dimes.

    So to get the silver content of $4.50 in mixed halfs, quarters and dimes, you do 4.5*.72. = 3.42 oz.

    • Agree: Achmed E. Newman
  27. @Lot

    You are right, Lot, 90%. What I was thinking of is that you’ve got ~0.72 troy ounces of silver in every one dollar face value of all this money. That means that, with them all being 90% silver, their weights are (well, nearly) linear with face value. I didn’t know that until recently. I just went back to one of my inflation posts on Peak Stupidity. From “Inflation and the point(s) of shopping by price”:

    Now, if have any silver dimes (minted in 1964 or earlier) and you were amazingly able to run into a cashier who knew what sound money is, he might be wise (at the cheapo station), to take your dimes, and put his own money into the register computer. All of the normal American silver coins had ~ 90% silver and, just as importantly, had weights in close to an appropriate ratio to face value, i.e., a silver dime weighs near 40% of the silver quarter, etc. A silver dollar has 0.77 troy ounces of silver, while the dime has 0.072 to 0.073 ounces (a bit less than 1/10th) Those 2 dimes pictured have 0.145 ounces of silver that “is worth”* right at $15/oz as of posting time. Can you get gas at $2.17 today? OK, you may have to drive around 100 miles … ;-} It’s usually in the same ballpark.**

    Per you and Alarmist, I’m not happy with those numbers on hoarding cigarettes. If you are a smoker, I suppose you could smoke the year-old stuff and therefore keep at least a year’s supply (after that you shoot yourself if you still have not bartered all that ammo away … for more cigarettes? ;-} )

    • Replies: @Lot
  28. Lot says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Around here smoking has gone done a ton the last 5 years because of vaping. For prepping purposes, Juul cartridges are more space and dollar efficient and longer lasting than cigarettes. Even more still would be the nicotine refill liquid for refillable vape pens.

    The pens charge via USB but require little actual power, and those $15 solar powerbanks would keep them charged for a long time.

    For vape bros, they may be unwilling to ever go back to cigs. But smokers would probably vape if they lacked cigarettes. So your “market” for the vape supplies after TSHTF is larger for vape supplies anyway.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  29. @Lot

    I know quite a few reals Swiss – mentally waterproof Swiss people – and if I think about it, almost none of them is actually of Swiss origin. The Swiss system is able to install the true Swissness in the heads (and hearts(!)) of foreigners, and this is a big achievement. If you roam a Swiss schoolyard, as I at times do, you almost kneel down when you see all these little creatures from all over the world (well – Europe + Thailand, Indonesia, Syria, Russia, Turkey) … behaving so well – and being taken care of so well. In a world which was kinda sober, this Swiss model would have to ask for entrance fees for foreigners, just to get in and have a look at how they manage to achieve this goal. It would be world-famous for its social know-how. – If I think a bit more about this stuff: It could well be that nobody in the hole wide world really knows, how they do it. – Including me – and the Swiss themselves. An awful lot of reasons come to my mind, though.

    (An no – NO – it is not just a story of how to get hold of foreign BLOOD-money or any other of these a tiny little bit paranoia and envy-tinged stories. The Swiss banking sector is vital but far smaller than the elite of the usual doom-sayers thinks).

    And yep, President Ueli Maurer is a decent and very reliable guy. But one of the well-hidden truths about the Swiss government is, that the president is not that important and does not have an awful lot to decide. He just plays his role as an organizer of the political process. If he travels within Switzerland, he at times just boards a regular train… When traveling abroad, he uses a regular airline…

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    , @camus10
  30. Miro23 says:

    If ever a book needs to be written it’s one comparing and contrasting the Swiss and US governments (the way they really function – rather than how they are theoretically supposed to function).

    It would interestingly bring out locality vs. centralization and the rights and obligations of citizens under the two systems + susceptibility to special interest corruption (or not).

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  31. Muggles says:

    There are several good, well researched books about the Swiss and the Germans during the WWII era. Mostly written by Stephen Halbrook. Worth reading.

    Few appreciate the hard work and sacrifice the Swiss made during that era to keep from being invaded. As Hitler intended, until he decided the quarter million troop loss and blown mountain rail tunnels weren’t worth it, due to problems on the eastern front.

    While much of Switzerland is of Germanic culture and dialect, few Swiss were sympathetic to Nazism. The few who were, were closely watched or even expelled during the war. The Swiss were very poor during the war era and had little but home grown food. But they harbored many refugees, mainly Jews, and many Allied flyers and soldiers who managed to escape the Axis.

    They had a very delicate balancing act especially until about mid 1943, as Hitler long had invasion plans for what he considered just another “southern German” province like Austria. This is a subject worth exploring.

    • Agree: Achmed E. Newman
    • Replies: @Peter Akuleyev
  32. @Lot

    Good points about vaping, Lot. It’s not something I’d thought of, but yes, that’d be the way to go. (I think I got rid of my last few cartons of cigarettes, kept in a fridge somewhere, that I’d gotten a hell of a deal on at a duty-free store, anyway.)

    BTW, I did not see your 6:29 P GMT post as I wrote my 6:47 one. Thanks, you got it exactly right where that 0.72 number got into my head from.

  33. @Dieter Kief

    Thanks for the on-the-scene report, Dieter. One exception, about not fitting in that I’d read about a while back, was some American-originating lady in Switzerland who had a problem with cowbells.* It’s the most iconic thing for cows out in the mountain pastures (what other kind do they got?!) to have their cowbells, with young maidens coming to milk them, yodeling on the way with big mugs of Swiss Miss hot chocolate (with marshmallows!) in their hands and some cleavage showing. This lady wanted to take all that away! (Excepting the maidens, marshmallows, and cleavage …)

    Now, I understand that those bells are heavy, so I kind of understand the lady’s compassion. However, when in Rome, … etc. To get to my point here, could it not be that these residents of Switzerland from all over the world you’ve seen that do so much assimilation do it for one good reason: FI or GTFO! “FI” is Fit In, and we all know “GTFO” from the internet and places. In other words, they know they’d better fit in if they want to stay.

    In the meantime, the US Government is purposefully lax about any language requirements, and they’ll give green cards to about anybody, meaning there’s no more worry about fitting in, and it’s even time to start bitching already about what’s wrong here. Additionally, the US Feral Gov’t and the other institutions of America that are controlled by the left, encourage multi-culturalism, which is the complete opposite of assimilation.

    I’ve got another comment related to the humble President of Switzerland, but I’ll leave that a a reply to Miro.

    .

    * Just to be clear, I’m not talking about Christopher Walken’s problem with cowbells:

    • Replies: @Lot
    , @Lot
    , @Dieter Kief
  34. @Miro23

    Yep, the US Feral Gov’t operates so far from the theory, as laid down by the Founders in the Constitutions, it’s a farce. However, it wasn’t always this way, Miro. A little over a century ago, the President of this country wouldn’t do a lot that would affect any regular Americans, barring a war. (Same with Congress, for that matter). Then the FED happened, the women’s vote happened, and worst of all, Amendment XVI happened.

    We got a large push for big government during the long, horrible FDR presidency, then an even bigger one 30 years later with LBJ, even more of a bastard than the former.

    If we look back just under one century, we can learn of a President they called “Silent Cal”. Calvin Coolidge, written about here on Peak Stupidity, with a great Amity Shlaes video, was derided for not doing much and not saying much. During his many years in the US Congress, Ron Paul was dubbed “Dr. No” because he voted against any bills that were unconstitutional. For that, both are my heroes.

    Yes, that would make a good study though. Spoiler alert. Centralized government ALWAYS works out bad in the long run, even with a very unified people. Don’t let the alt-right Socialists tell you otherwise. (“Sweden, Sweden, Sweden”, I heard, but I never knew a lot of people that moved there …)

    • Replies: @Miro23
  35. camus10 says:
    @Dieter Kief

    here DK. an example of swissness. NOT

    the Facebook page to support Rita Rosenstiel https://www.facebook.com/rita1scandale

    secret elite societies, judges and police unions assaulting common people

    immigrant problem. swiss don’t deserve, because like Germany France UK Norway atleast they are not gun running saudi indian and israeli genocidal machines

  36. Lot says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    She thinks cowbells are too heavy on the neck? They seem pretty light to me, typically thin hammered and plated copper alloy I think.

    I could only find 1 source on cowbell weights on google. They are 11 to 19oz. However, those are playing ones with wooden handles. So I’d guess the ones intended for actual cows are more like 1/2 lb on a 1000-1500lb beast.

    An aluminum bell would be much lighter but aluminum is a difficult metal to work and requires large production lines to be economically viable.

  37. Lot says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Upon further research, sometimes the Swiss do use pretty heavy looking bells, much bigger than the thin rectangular classic cowbell.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  38. Glad you’ve liked my post above!

    Ahh this cowbell-fighter – an English person. Awful. She did not get what she wanted, though – the cow-bells are still ringing. And there’s lots of really small farms all across Switzerland, with as little as 20 or thirty cows at times. Seldom more than a hundred cows – or 500 pigs.

    The Swiss girls and women – well – – – there was once a copy of the most read swiss magazine, called – Das Magazin, – – which is sold together with numerous Swiss Saturday-newspapers, and this Magazine featured Die Berner Maidli – girls and young women from Bern, known to be outstandingly pretty. – They just sent one of their staff-photographers out and he came back with an impressive stretch of photographs – if you want to, think of Jewel and – Juliette Binoche, just to get an idea. This must have been around 2009, if I remember right. Might still have a copy of that Magazine in my garage – but I do have it in my head. Not sure, whether you could somebody could run such a feature again – even in Switzerland. But they once did!

    Language is an important subject – not only has Switzerland five of them – they have lots and lots of quite lively dialects.

    Interesting scientific finding: When people have a brain stroke, their language recovers much faster, if they speak a dialect. Dialect is the first kind of languge that surfaces – if any language surfaces at all…It’s deeply rooted in the system. Even in the media, everybody spaks dialect – another steep hurdle for foreigners…but most of them give in after a while and start to learn and practise it – beautiful!

    If a kid does not go to school without a decent message, school-officials send the police to the parents. If the parents can’t present a good reason, they have to pay a fine (ca. 1oo dollars at the first time). – If kids need therapy and parents don’t agree, they have to sign a paper, that they would have to pay any extra cost, that might be caused by their resistance…

    In Germany, just across the border, we have classes, in which only 30 or 40 percent of the pupils are in class…

    One of the best outcomes of the Swiss system is for the lower classes – they are much better qualified – and earn much higher wages than in any other country I know of. This is Steve Sailer territory btw. -: – Guide them, they need it – and it works! – But cheap it ain’t, that’s for sure. And not only because the school-Teachers are paid good money. The whole system is in – let’s say: Perfect shape. Good architecture, good house-keepers, solid management – and – lots of engagement by regular folks, not least, because most decisions are made by – chosen! – – publicly chosen – – persons!

    Somebody should pay him a few Swiss study months, he would find lots of interesting things there. I even knew a guide for him – nah – quite a few insiders, who could show him around.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  39. @Lot

    No, I’d recalled over 10 lb., Lot.* Those bells are heavy. I think those google-searched ones are called “cowbell” weights but are made for working out. Aluminum may not make a good sound. The lady was complaining about the sound too, which is pretty ridiculous. I imagine these cows’ brains have it screened out. Now, for a cat, I don’t want to mess up his hunting ability, so I leave off the bells.

    By the way, the woman was Dutch, not American, by birth. (I’d been remembering wrong due to the comments about her “big mouth”. Can you blame me?). I hate to link to USA-today, but here is an article from that time, ’17. She has become a citizen now – 3rd time’s a charm.

    See, now apropos the actual post here, read this stuff and tell me the Swiss don’t encourage assimilation, BIG TIME:

    Holten, who speaks fluent German, is not the first person to be refused Swiss citizenship on cultural grounds. In 2016, a Kosovan family who had lived in the village of Bubendorf for ten years were refused citizenship because a committee objected to their frequent wearing of tracksuits around town. In 2014, an American man who had lived in Switzerland for 43 years was rejected on the basis of not being able to correctly name the lakes in his district.

    In the meantime, we have crowds of Mexicans listening to a loudmouthed illegal alien “The Race” beaner in broad dayling, telling them what they don’t like about American, and how we treat them bad. If they’re “in the shadows”, it’s only the shadows of the palm trees in Los Angeles. Can we trade our immigrants with the Swiss ones? Better yet, can we trade our government with theirs?

    .

    * Here you go – says 5 kg here and 100 db at the cow!

  40. @Lot

    Crossed in the mail again.

    • LOL: Lot
  41. camus10 says:

    DK

    it is possible proud people feel no shame when retarded feminists and alpha male macho types = misanthropes have taken over a once great country

    and some feel hoarding coffee puts them in some new class or standard for swatch like efficiency

  42. @Achmed E. Newman

    Comment No. 39 is my reply to this friendly post of yours.

  43. camus10 says:

    https://www.kinderheime-schweiz.ch/de/kinderheime_schweiz_videos.php

    this page is maintained by Thomas Huonker PhD. honorable local academic who stands by their standard

    great SNL link, newman

  44. @Patrick in SC

    There was an old Libertarian joke about a future meeting of the Politboro or something, where it was announced that finally, all nations but Switzerland had been taken over by the Communists. Wild applause. Someone asks, but Comrade, why not Switzerland? Why are these capitalists allowed to survive? With a look of incredulity, the answer is: How would we know what the prices are?

    • LOL: The Alarmist
    • Replies: @The Alarmist
  45. There are major social problems, too: homeless camps in our city streets, rising deaths from drug addiction, the increasing difficulty for young people of getting a home and starting a family, the out-of-control college rackets.

    And what are our nation’s legislators concentrating their energies on? Ukraine…whistle-blower…transcripts…quid pro quo …

    Derb, do you seriously think that if not for their obsession with Trump, Congress would be doing anything to fix these problems? That they wouldn’t instead be finding new and improved ways to expand government and erode our liberties?

    Trump may be useless when it comes to draining the swamp or curbing immigration, but he’s a great lightning rod.

    • Agree: Achmed E. Newman
  46. Miro23 says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    If we look back just under one century, we can learn of a President they called “Silent Cal”. Calvin Coolidge, written about here on Peak Stupidity, with a great Amity Shlaes video, was derided for not doing much and not saying much.

    Yes, apparently Coolidge had the policy of forcing the study of the downside of every proposed piece of government action/ legislation – i.e. make a list of all the consequent costs and potential problems . Result that 90%+ of proposed legislation was rejected.

    Spoiler alert. Centralized government ALWAYS works out bad in the long run, even with a very unified people. Don’t let the alt-right Socialists tell you otherwise. (“Sweden, Sweden, Sweden”, I heard, but I never knew a lot of people that moved there …)

    IMO the Swiss have the longest running democracy in the world because it’s local (obligatory citizen participation with most taxation raised and spend locally). Special interests can’t function at the level of every commune.

    If real power in the US was held a county level, AIPAC wouldn’t have a chance.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  47. Denis says:

    Accounting may lack the glamor of being a real-estate mogul or community organizer

    Accounting is a lucrative field, and working as an accountant at a major accounting firm for a few years is a straightforward way to open up a lot of career paths that lead one into the upper classes.

  48. The current clown show in Congress has foreigners laughing at us—I know this from my personal contacts.

    No, they are laughing at us because Trump is an incompetent cuck groveling in front of Putin, Xi, and MbS. His most recent depantsing by Erdogan was particularly funny, and has gotten oddly little coverage on Unz.

    • Replies: @Ozymandias
  49. @Muggles

    Few appreciate the hard work and sacrifice the Swiss made during that era to keep from being invaded.

    Because it’s a myth. Switzerland, like Sweden, was a „neutral“ country that did whatever the Nazis wanted it to do. It was also quite useful for the Germans to have a neutral area for negotiations. The Germans never made serious plans to invade Switzerland. They could have taken Switzerland in 3 days had they wanted to.

    • Replies: @Miro23
    , @Joe Stalin
    , @Muggles
  50. @Dieter Kief

    Thanks for the interesting comment, Dieter. With all the rules, Switzerland doesn’t sound like my kind of place, well, compared to 1990’s America even. Now, it sounds pretty good – too expensive for a bolt-hole. Those who like freedom don’t really have any place to escape to anymore, which is why we’d better fix things here.

    I’d at least like to go for another visit though. It’s been a pretty long while. Last time, I had a backpack and rail pass and still got kicked off the train on the hill up toward Zermatt. Hey, they guy was right – it was a private line that the rail pass didn’t cover. Then, I hitchhiked up and beat the train anyway!

  51. @Lot

    I thought one of the key cowbell complaints was how loud they are.

  52. @James J. O'Meara

    The more likely punchline would be, “Because, Comrade, that is where the Politburo stores its holdings.” Germany was never a serious threat to die Schweiz.

  53. Knirps says:

    The Swiss are among the world’s biggest drinkers of coffee, and many, it seems, do regard it as “essential.” Faced with such a public response, the government said it would reconsider.

    The East German government tried to reintroduce ersatz coffee in the 1970s on the reasoning that it would save hundreds of millions of dollars in hard currency that was better spent on essential infrastructure like copper for telephone wires.

    Pretty soon they were advised by their eavesdroppers that the population without its morning coffee was getting dangerously, seditiously, grumpy, starting to wonder aloud how their westcousins could just walk into Aldi and buy kilos of the stuff without having to ask permission.

    So the government took a different approach of encouraging coffee growing in communist allies like Cuba, Angola, and Vietnam (where coffee growing was started from scratch in the early 1980s, but the first harvest didn’t arrive until around 1990 when it was too late for East Germany).

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  54. Miro23 says:
    @Peter Akuleyev

    The Germans never made serious plans to invade Switzerland. They could have taken Switzerland in 3 days had they wanted to.

    So much for German unity. The Fuehrer didn’t like the place:

    SWITZERLAND – (300) “A state like Switzerland, which is nothing but a pimple on the face of Europe, cannot be allowed to continue.” HTT, 28rd August 1942. With Admiral Raeder.

  55. @Miro23

    If real power in the US was held a county level, AIPAC wouldn’t have a chance.

    Theoretically, Miro, some of it still is. The county Sheriff has authority over any Fed, State, whatever, LEO, as the call them now. It’s just that nobody but a few rural ones in some deeply conservative areas act like this.

    This is exactly why Amendment XVI, which allowed a Federal income tax, was a big part of the end of small government here. It’s not just the amount of money, but the FLOW of the money. It goes to the Feds first and then gets doled out. With that money being given back (how nice of them!), there come strings attached. The Feds say “arrest this guy”, and the locals say “how much should we beat him for resisting, Sir?!”

    What’s ironic is that the pro-illegal-immigrant cities that defy the feds would be on my side, except they are doing this in one area where the Feds SHOULD have jurisdiction.

  56. TGD says:

    The reason why Switzerland is a wealthy country is not because Swiss banks manage a great deal of the world’s private wealth but because they make things- just about everything. EMS Group, for example, is a world leader in “high performance polymers” and its complex is located in a remote area of far eastern Switzerland. Ever heard of EMS?

    • Agree: John Arthur
  57. Muggles says:
    @Peter Akuleyev

    Mr. Akuleyev speaks from ignorance and “myth” as he mentions. As I said there are a number of excellent books on this subject, very thoroughly researched (author of several is Stephen Halbrook).

    No one is saying, including me, that with enough time and effort the Germans couldn’t have succeeded. Though the Swiss prepared a national “redoubt” in the central/south very mountainous area which would have probably held out for years. They had tunnels, storage caves, etc. and artillery and excellent local knowledge/plans.

    In the actual books you can obtain (as opposed to your opinion) there is detailed discussion of the several plans Hitler had prepared for the invasion. Highly detailed military plans, and at one point had moved large numbers of units into their pre invasion border areas. As these references discuss, reverses in Russia (and the opposition of the General Staff to invading) led Hitler to call this off at the last minute. Too many troops, too little gained.

    The Swiss had detailed preparations to blow all their rail tunnels and bridges. They didn’t permit Germans to ship troops or war goods via their rail system south. Only non military traffic. Hitler didn’t “need” neutral Switzerland to do anything (Sweden was available, as was Spain and Portugal.)

    The Swiss general who insisted on extensive defensive efforts and periodic call ups of the national Swiss militia (when invasion threats seemed imminent) is a revered Swiss hero today.

  58. The Swiss healthcare system is private, like the United States’s. Except that it has severe price and wage controls on doctors and hospitals and treatments, etc. And so therefore, unlike in the US, it works.

    You dweebs wouldn’t like that. The evil government stepping in and making things better for people. You would rather people suffer than have anybody, least of all the government, do anything for them.

    • Replies: @Justvisiting
  59. @Miro23

    This is not a great article from Derb. This is his usual stupidity. He cannot smell the coffee because he can only smell Chinese scents emitted by his Chinese family.

    He scribbles about the Democrats going nuts. He needs to deal with his own nuttiness.

    • Troll: Mr McKenna
  60. @Peter Akuleyev

    Show us on the doll where the orange man touched you.

    • LOL: Achmed E. Newman
  61. @Joe Stalin

    Unlike the People’s Republics in the USA, Swiss MEN have these AT HOME:

    Unfortunately, those are issued, and still owned, by the federal government. Read the fine print on “your” passport.

    • Replies: @Joe Stalin
  62. Show us on the doll where the orange man touched you.

  63. @obwandiyag

    The Swiss healthcare system is private, like the United States’s. Except that it has severe price and wage controls on doctors and hospitals and treatments, etc. And so therefore, unlike in the US, it works.

    No healthcare system can work in low social trust societies–where many (most) folks (including medical practitioners) are trying to rip off the system any way they can–and where gun shot wound victims fill emergency rooms.

    Every healthcare system works great in high social trust society (where most folks are honest and only visit the doc when absolutely necessary). That is why the Swiss healthcare system works.

  64. @Reg Cæsar

    “Unfortunately, those are issued, and still owned, by the federal government.”

    The Swiss government has estimated that about half of the privately owned guns in the country are former service rifles.

    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/politics/switzerland-high-rates-gun-ownership-why-doesnt-no-mass-shootings-a8230606.html

    • Replies: @Miro23
  65. Miro23 says:
    @Joe Stalin

    The Swiss government has estimated that about half of the privately owned guns in the country are former service rifles.

    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/politics/switzerland-high-rates-gun-ownership-why-doesnt-no-mass-shootings-a8230606.html

    Interesting link.

    Switzerland is obsessed with getting shooting right. Every year, it holds a shooting contest for kids aged 13 to 17.

    Zurich’s Knabenschiessen is a traditional annual festival that dates back to the 1600s.

    Though the word roughly translates to “boys shooting” and the competition used to be only boys, teenage girls have been allowed in since 1991.

    Kids in the country flock to the competition every September to compete in target shooting using Swiss army service rifles. They’re proud to show off how well they can shoot.

    Accuracy is prized above all else, and a Schutzenkonig — a king or queen of marksmen — is crowned.

  66. Anonymous[300] • Disclaimer says:
    @Knirps

    The Germans had the same problem in WWII. This is probably why methamphetamine was so popular there during the war.

  67. lavoisier says: • Website

    When are you going to smell the coffee JD??

    Not much time left, the house is on fire!

  68. @The Alarmist

    As per @Amerimutt Golems, Schengen has caused an enormous problem, particularly with the migrants. No one, but the schemers, would have anticipated the problem caused by the flood of 3rd world parasites. I see Soros’ fingerprints all over Schengen.
    The craze for non-White immigration in Switzerland seems to have been driven by wanting to have a successful national football (soccer) team.

  69. We can dismiss the Swiss. Even the Matterhorn doesn’t matter much any more. It may not have a lot of immigrants, but Prince Andrew bought a home there not so long ago. Perhaps he has a Swiss bank account too. Perhaps he will take out citizenship.

  70. Paw says:
    @Lot

    Best warehouse of gold and money in trillions of most foreign aids to the presidents, dictators a leaders of almost all developing and other countries. Never refuse any ,plenty of room and Mind their business of course..

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