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Throughout the post second world war period, America’s economy played the role of a shock absorber to the global economy by being the spender of the last resort. Now, with the government and private American in debt, it is up to the savers of foreign currency reserve to spend. (i put China in the title because they are the largest holder of foreign reserves.) These savers has been buying huge stockpiles of American debt partly for the purpose of keeping their currency cheap to encourage Americans to buy their export. Its time to spend what they have saved by cashing in their American debt to buy American export. (繼續閱讀…)

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英九先生前天正式將要跟中國簽的協議定調為「兩岸經濟合作架構協議」(Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement,ECFA),並引述中經院的報告說:如果不簽ECFA台灣會有11萬人失業。言下之意似乎是台灣與中國經濟開放,可以拯救台灣的經濟。啟銘也說「ECFA會擱發」。從總統大選時,英九便不斷宣稱與中國開放可以拯救台灣經濟,可是從520至今,一連串的開放政策似乎並未未達到英九和兆玄宣稱的效果,從經濟學人CNN紐約時報都爭相報導台灣經濟遭受這波金融海嘯衝擊為世界第一,便可知。問題究竟出在哪裡呢? (繼續閱讀…)

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馬政府上任至今唯二對社會的貢獻:1.證明笨蛋病會傳染,2.證明什麼屁股決定什麼腦袋。 (繼續閱讀…)

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After Prof. Eric Maskin gave a speech last week, an op-ed written by an econ-PhD candidate appeared in a popular newspaper, titling  “兩岸談判需是三方賽局." At the first glance, the argument seems to be convincing, but a closer examination reveals its unsoundness.

According to Prof. Joseph Wang, the author made a mistake in that the involvement of a third party in a mechanism is neither sufficient nor necessary in order to facilitate the mechanism. A mechanism is implementable as long as the participation constraints ( also known as individual rationality) and incentive compatibility are met. (繼續閱讀…)

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I met a couple of politically opinionated people tonight and had intense political discussions. During our conversation about how Taiwanese culture were susceptible to patriarchialism, i made an interesting pitch. I asked, is Taiwanese desire to be recognized by the United Nations a manifestation of Taiwan’s patriarchal trait?

In Taiwan, family with father at its center is perhaps the strongest social institution. parents invest heavily in their children in return for obedience. Political, people respect authority (police, teachers and government) and looks to the government to solve their problems. Is Taiwan’s desperate desire to be accepted as a member of the United Nations an extension of that culture trait? Are the Taiwanese trying to be an accepted child to the international father figure? (繼續閱讀…)

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From Pew‘s latest survey of Chinese opinion regarding Internet control

Since 2005, the percentage of users who say that online content about “politics" should be controlled or managed jumped from 8% to 41%, by far the biggest increase of any items tested.

If this is true, wow. The Communist Party is doing a great job controlling public sentiment.

Read the whole survey article.

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A Chinese Propaganda on Tibet


I am not a historian, I am not going to dispute the “facts" stated in this video.
Nor will i defend the now indefensible European imperialism, Japanese imperialism and Han-Chinese imperialism of the past.
(yes China was and still is an empire forge together by conquest over neighbouring nations) (繼續閱讀…)

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