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    Manu Macron Europe-Kaput Statement and The Economist 27 February 2020 Asia-Trade Summit

    Posted by Ivo Cerckel on November 11th, 2019

    Europe stands on “the edge of a precipice” and must start thinking of itself more strategically to remain “in control of our destiny”, France’s president Manu Macron says in a candid interview, published on 07 November 2019 on Economist.com , the website of The Economist newspaper.

    Europe stands on "the edge of a precipice" and must start thinking of itself more strategically to remain "in control of our destiny", France's president says in a candid interview

    Posted by The Economist on Saturday, November 9, 2019

    Like the promoters of free-trade, Manu Macron, president of the French republic, says again:
    I’ve often said that our model was built in the 18th century with the European Enlightenment, the market economy, individual freedom, democratic rule and the progress of the middle classes.

    J’ai souvent dit, notre modèle s’est construit au XVIIIe siècle avec l’Europe des Lumières, l’économie de marché, les libertés des individus, le régime démocratique et le progrès des classes moyennes.
    https://www.economist.com/europe/2019/11/07/emmanuel-macron-in-his-own-words-french

    The problem is that the values of the Enlightenment are wrong,

    British Democracy cannot be reconciled with the Enlightenment

    Before the Enlightenment, Truth was “out there”, in reality. The Enlightenment alleges that truth is “in here”, in woman’s head.
    The debate opposes Aristotle and Saint Thomas Aquinas, on the one hand, and, Ricardo,. Adam Smith, Hume, Locke, Kant and Rousseau on the other

    That’s why it is difficult to promote the ideas of the Enlightenment and thus of free trade.

    The 27 February 2020 Hong Kong Asia Trade Summit 2020 of The Economist will pose the question:
    Can supporters of open markets convince voters of their value before it’s too late? If so, how?

    The 11:40 am Masterclass on communicating the benefits of free trade will therefore have the following subject;
    Populists have long used free trade as a scapegoat for all manner of social ills. But policymakers and businesses who recognise the value of free trade are failing to communicate the benefits to voters. In this session, we will hear from a range of people who specialise in communicating effectively with large groups of people. They will share their tips on how governments and business leaders can persuade voters of the value of free trade, who it benefits and how.
    https://events.economist.com/events-conferences/asia/asia-trade-summit

    Jacob G. Hornberger is a candidate to be the 2020 nominee of the Libertarian Party for the election of the president of the USA.

    In 1995 he co-edited with Richard M. Ebeling the book “The case for free trade and open migration”, available for free as a Kindle book on Amazon.

    The main argument of the book is that persons have a moral to use their money as they see fit.

    A defence of free trade thus starts with defining Honest Money.

    This I have done in my leaflet at the March 2013 Taiwan Economic Summit. organised by the Financial Times and Standard Chartered.

    Can Karl Popper’s Open Society perhaps resolve the contradiction at the basis of the argument for free trad?

    I hope to be able to examine this question in an upcoming post at this blog.

    Other thing; the programme of the Summit that the Summit will discuss the CPTPP.
    Wikipedia says that the CPTPP is also known as TPP.
    But The Economist, the organiser of the Summit, admitted on 04 November 2019 that the TPP was replaced by the RCEP which was rubbished as a low-grade treaty to which India refused to accede.

    #AsiaTrade

    Ivo Cerckel
    ivocerckel@yahoo.com