Monthly Archives: November 2013

Jonathan Kay: Diane Francis’ plan to merge Canada and the United States has many, many problems

Is a merger of Canada and the U.S. better for Canada than a surrender of Canada’s sovereignty vis FATCA?

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Veteran National Post columnist Diane Francis has written 10 books. Merger of the Century: Why Canada and America Should Become One Country is easily her most ambitious.

Perhaps a little too ambitious, many readers might conclude.

It is also, in a way, her most personal. As an American-born dual citizen, Ms. Francis writes passionately about the many historical and cultural ties that bind her ancestral and adopted countries. Merger of the Century makes the case for erasing the formal distinction between the two entirely. “After all, we’re both melting-pot societies,” she says. So why not turn the whole continent north of the Rio Grande into the world’s biggest pot?

But Merger of the Century is not just a stew of touchy-feely geopolitical metaphors: Ms. Francis is a business writer, and her book is full…

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Good interview about #Americansabroad renouncing U.S. citizenship – Linked to #FATCA

This is a good discussion. It is non-judgmental. It links the rising renunciations of U.S. citizenship to FATCA. It also describes a large number of Americans who have renounced.

 

 

As #Americansabroad know: Voting and taxation should be based on residence and not citizenship

A very interesting article referenced in the above tweet. The comments are even more interesting. This article suggests a trend toward placing greater significance on residence than citizenship. Those opposed to U.S. citizenship-based taxation (everybody) may want to research U.S. jurisdictions where non-citizens are entitled to vote. Voting (deciding how a community is to be governed) and taxation (paying for the community) are part of the same issue.

Essentially, the article makes the point that when it comes to public policy, use of tax revenues, and taxation the important consideration is where one lives (residence) and NOT where one was born (citizenship). Although citizenship-based taxation is NOT mentioned, there is an analogy between voting and taxation – both are related to participation and identification with the place of residence.

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@TheOliverStone and Peter Kuznick Untold History of America

On the back cover of Stone’s “The Untold History of America” you will find an interesting comment from Mikhail Gorbachev.

“At stake is whether the United States will choose to be the Policeman of a “Pax Americana”, which is a recipe for disaster, or partner with other nations on the way to a safer, more just and more sustainable future”.

From time to time I have written posts call into question the “Official version” of America’s History. An example is the post on the book Liberty’s Exiles by Maya Jasonoff.

About a year ago I became aware of a book by Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick called “A True History of the United States“. The book will be featured in a mini-series commencing next week. In any case here are two DemocracyNow.org interviews with the authors. They are very interesting. Pay particular attention to the last three minutes of the second interview where Mr. Kuznick talks about the effects of ON THE UNITED STATES of the Obama drone attacks.

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