The importance for the USA

Consumers in the USA may have little affinity with the boycott of Holland for the freedom of thinking for economic science in Holland. A change of heart does not happen by itself. It took a lot of effort by Ralph Nader to bring more safety to the car industry, and also to get George W. Bush elected above Al Gore. So, this text addresses yet unknown Americans, to take up the challenge to inform the US public about this worthy cause. Remember: the best advice economic theory can give is to boycott Holland till freedom of expression reigns.

The relevance of the boycott for the USA is already explained in these texts: DRGTPE itself that presents the economic theory and this blog text on the economic synthesis. These come with the suggestion to extend the US Constitution with an Economic Supreme Court. America could resolve its unemployment.

America may also wonder about the deadlocks in American policy making, for example on the debt ceiling. President Obama as a Democrat faces a House with a Republican majority. The elections are not synchronous and each have a different electoral mandate. A two-party system with district voting is less democratic than proportional representation that allows many views and parties. The USA has a presidential system with a direct election of the President. This appears to be less democratic than the European system of a proportional parliament that elects its Prime Minister. In that case there is only one mandate, namely for the House.

See for example my book Voting Theory for Democracy, and its reference to the Bush, Gore and Nader election. In a parliamentarian system Gore would likely have won, and we likely would not have had the war in Iraq.

For Americans I would advise: read Thomas Paine. The Declaration of Independence called for freedom but didn’t abolish slavery though Paine worked hard for it. This error led to the Civil War. Try to work toward a good system of democracy because errors come back with a vengeance.

I was a foreign exchange student in Burbank Highschool in 1972-1973, during the Watergate hearings by senator Sam Ervin. Many years later, when I discovered Henry Miller and read The air-conditioned nightmareI was amazed to see that he somehow ended his journey in Burbank. Miller’s observations are sharp but not the whole story of the people actually living there. Next year there could be that 40th year Class of ‘73 Reunion. Hopefully the boycott of Holland is then under way or perhaps I might bump into someone who could turn it into a good film.

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