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The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Friday, August 28, 2015

Annnnnd, I'm Back

Well, that was a whirlwind...  Seventeen days, four countries, eleven hotels, two transatlantic flights, five train trips and hopefully a life altering experience for the Things.

I have to say that the socialist hellscape of Europe was a lot less hellscape-y than it was alleged to be by the National Review.  What I saw in France and the Netherlands in particular was a much stronger sense of social contract and reciprocal obligations.  Tourists jumped the lines, but not the French.  Roadways were orderly - buses and trucks stayed to the far right, the middle lane was for travel and the left lane was exclusively for passing - and well maintained.

Public transportation was clean, on-time and efficient.  It functioned at least in part on an honor system (especially the Dutch tram system).  The populace was multi-lingual.

The one exception was Belgium.  The roads were worse, and the train system was not nearly as well run as the Dutch/Germany system.

It wouldn't surprise me if this was a function of Belgium's divided internal politics.  The Flemish and Walloons just don't get along.  That can lead to a less functional government.

Speaking of which, how is Donald Trump doing?

UPDATE:  And here's the chronicle of what we did:

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