Antagoniste


27 novembre 2007

Fast food nation ? Économie États-Unis Mondialisation

Fast-Food

Aux États-Unis, il y a près de 41 000 restaurants chinois. C'est plus que le total combiné de: McDonald's (13 700), Burger King (7 207) et Wendy's (6 673).

Il faudrait peut-être arrêter de caricaturer les États-Unis comme étant la nation du hamburger.


27 novembre 2007

Top 5 Qc Québec Top Actualité

Le Top 5 de l'actualité québécoise (12-19 novembre) selon Influence Communication:

Actualités Québec

Des excuses au menu

Les excuses publiques du Cardinal Marc Ouellet diffusées dans l’ensemble des médias ont décroché la pôle position avec un poids médias de 2,33 %.

Au second rang on retrouve les travaux de la Commission Bouchard-Taylor avec 2,21 %. D’ailleurs, depuis le début de l’année près de 50 % de toute la couverture accordée à une commission d’enquête ou de consultation publique au Québec a porté sur celle-ci.

Nouvelle largement citée par les quotidiens, les regrets de Brian Mulroney pour avoir accepté de l’argent de Karlheinz Schreiber ont généré un volume de 1,08 %. Soulignons que généralement, la contribution du Journal de Montréal et du Journal de Québec à la couverture écrite d’un dossier se situe entre 25 % et 35 %. Cette fois, l’apport des deux quotidiens s’est limité à seulement 10 %.

La première tempête de neige a récolté quant à elle 1,02 % de l’ensemble de l’actualité. C'est aussi la 5e chute de neige la plus médiatisée en 2007. La première est celle qui avait touché le Québec et l'Ontario dans la semaine du 13 au 19 février. Elle avait occupé 2,19 % de toutes les nouvelles.

Finalement, le décès de deux soldats canadiens survenu vers la fin de la semaine dernière a occupé 0,61 % des nouvelles.

Source:
Influence Communication
Influence Communication


26 novembre 2007

L’exode Gauchistan Venezuela

Chavez

Saviez-vous que dans le paradis des travailleurs, un Vénézuélien sur trois envisagerait de quitter le pays s'il en avait les moyens.

En 2003, 70 000 visas américains ont été donnés à des Vénézuéliens. En 2006 ce nombre est passé à 110 000.

En Espagne, 31 000 Vénézuéliens ont statut de résidant ou y sont enregistrés; ils n'étaient que 7 300 en 1999, quand Chavez a pris le pouvoir pour la première fois.

Source:
Le Devoir
Chávez fait fuir la classe moyenne


25 novembre 2007

Le modèle soviétique Canada Économie Environnement Gauchistan

Kyoto CanadaPour se conformer au protocole de Kyoto, le Canada devra couper ses émissions de gaz à effet de serre de 33% en 4 ans.

Vous savez quel est le seul pays à avoir réussi pareil exploit dans le passé ? L'URSS lors de son démantèlement…

Avant la chute de l'URSS, le pays émettait l'équivalent de 3493,08 millions de tonnes métriques de CO2. Dans les 4 années qui ont suivi le démantèlement, les émissions ont chuté de 29%. Une réduction rendue possible par une grave crise économique qui a entrainé une chute de 35% du PIB.

Qui ici veut suivre le modèle soviétique de réduction des gaz à effet de serre ? Qui veut voir le PIB du Canada amputer de 35% pour respecter Kyoto ?


25 novembre 2007

Plaisir coupable… En Vidéos

Ne le dites à personne, mais je suis devenu un fan de Sébastien de Loft Story !


25 novembre 2007

Le combat de l’Occident En Citations Europe Iran Moyen-Orient Terrorisme

Tony Blair

Le 19 octobre dernier, Tony Blair s'est rendu à New York où il a prononcé le discours suivant au sujet de l'islamisme iranien:

"Analogies with the past are never properly accurate, and analogies especially with the rising fascism can be easily misleading but, in pure chronology, I sometimes wonder if we’re not in the 1920s or 1930s again. This ideology now has a state, Iran, that is prepared to back and finance terror in the pursuit of destabilising countries whose people wish to live in peace.

There is a tendency even now, even in some of our own circles, to believe that they are as they are because we have provoked them and if we left them alone they would leave us alone. I fear this is mistaken. They have no intention of leaving us alone. They have made their choice and leave us with only one to make: to be forced into retreat or to exhibit even greater determination and belief in standing up for our values than they do in standing up for their’s."


24 novembre 2007

L’alter-protectionnisme Économie États-Unis Mondialisation

Un article à propos de la dangereuse résurgence du courant protectionniste aux États-Unis, on aurait pu écrire la même chose à propos du Québec…

"But when you hear U.S. presidential candidates start to mouth off about free trade, watch your wallet: A discredited 14th-century theory of economics is enjoying a dangerous renaissance in the 2008 campaign"

Foreign Policy
Why We Trade
By Russell Roberts

To hear most politicians talk, you’d think that exports are the key to a country’s prosperity and that imports are a threat to its way of life. Trade deficits—importing more than we export—are portrayed as the road to ruin. U.S. presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama want to get tough with China because of “unfair” trading practices that help China sell products cheaply. Republican candidate Mitt Romney argues that trade is good because exports benefit the average American. Politicians are always talking about the necessity of other countries’ opening their markets to American products. They never mention the virtues of opening U.S. markets to foreign products.

This perspective on imports and exports is called mercantilism. It goes back to the 14th century and has about as much intellectual rigor as alchemy, another landmark of the pre-Enlightenment era.

The logic of “exports, good—imports, bad” seems straightforward at first—after all, when a factory closes because of foreign competition, there seem to be fewer jobs than there otherwise would be. Don’t imports cause factories to close? Don’t exports build factories?

But is the logic really so clear? As a thought experiment, take what would seem to be the ideal situation for a mercantilist. Suppose we only export and import nothing. The ultimate trade surplus. So we work and use raw materials and effort and creativity to produce stuff for others without getting anything in return. There’s another name for that. It’s called slavery. How can a country get rich working for others?

Then there’s the mercantilist nightmare: We import from abroad, but foreigners buy nothing from us. What would the world be like if every morning you woke up and found a Japanese car in your driveway, Chinese clothing in your closet, and French wine in your cellar? All at no cost. Does that sound like heaven or hell? The only analogy I can think of is Santa Claus. How can a country get poor from free stuff? Or cheap stuff? How do imports hurt us?

We don’t export to create jobs. We export so we can have money to buy the stuff that’s hard for us to make—or at least hard for us to make as cheaply. We export because that’s the only way to get imports. If people would just give us stuff, then we wouldn’t have to export. But the world doesn’t work that way.

It’s the same in our daily lives. It’s great when people give us presents—a loaf of banana bread or a few tomatoes from the garden. But a new car would be better. Or even just a cheaper car. But the people who bring us cars and clothes and watches and shoes expect something in return. That’s OK. That’s the way the world works. But let’s not fool ourselves into thinking the goal of life is to turn away bargains from outside our house or outside our country because we’d rather make everything ourselves. Self-sufficiency is the road to poverty.

And imports don’t destroy jobs. They destroy jobs in certain industries. But because trade allows us to buy goods more cheaply than we otherwise could, resources are freed up to expand existing opportunities and to create new ones. That’s why we trade—to leverage the skills of others who can produce things more effectively than we can, freeing us to make things we otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford.

The United States has run a merchandise trade deficit every year since 1976. It has also added more than 50 million jobs during that time. Per capita income, corrected for inflation, is up more than 50 percent since 1976. The scaremongers who worry about trade deficits talk about stagnant wages, but they ignore fringe benefits (an increasingly important part of worker compensation) and fail to measure inflation properly.

In a recent Republican presidential debate, one of the moderators said that since 1989, the United States has lost 5 million jobs to foreign trade. He wanted to know what the candidates were going to do about it.

I have no idea how you measure that number, but the implication was that 5 million lost jobs over 18 years is a big number. Five million is a large number if we’re talking about the number of pennies I have to carry in my pockets. It’s a big number if we’re talking about the number of people coming to my kid’s birthday party. But it’s a very small number when you’re talking about job destruction and the job creation that follows in a dynamic economy.

On the first Friday of every month, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics produces an estimate of how many new jobs are added to the U.S. economy. That’s the net change, the gains minus the losses. The bureau also estimates quarterly gross job changes, the absolute number of jobs created and destroyed. In the fourth quarter of 2006, there were 7.7 million jobs created and 7.2 million jobs lost. That happens every quarter when there isn’t a recession—that’s how you add 50 million jobs over three decades.

Five million jobs lost over 18 years? Every three months, the U.S. job market more than makes up for those losses.

Trade is just one economic force that creates and destroys jobs. Tastes change. Innovation makes workers more productive. Some industries shrink. Others expand. Some disappear. New industries get created. Joseph Schumpeter called it creative destruction. He understood that it is the underlying mechanism that transforms our standard of living for the better.

Let’s stop trying to scare people with the Chinese threat to our economy. The world would be a better and more peaceful place if we stopped measuring the trade deficit. But if we’re going to measure it, the least we can do is talk about it sensibly.

Russell Roberts is professor of economics at George Mason University and a research fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. He is the host of the weekly podcast EconTalk at EconTalk.org and the author of The Choice: A Fable of Free Trade and Protectionism (Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2006), a primer on trade issues written in the form of a novel.


23 novembre 2007

Avis aux tricheurs En Vidéos Québec

Avis à tous ceux qui auraient l'intention d'utiliser des produits pour masquer leur plaque d'immatriculation aux photo-radars:


Beating the Speed Camera
Téléchargé par TheEconomist

Rien ne sert de gaspiller votre argent sur des produits bidons, il suffit de rouler plus lentement 😉


23 novembre 2007

La gauche européenne Économie En Images Europe Philosophie

La gauche québécoise s'inspire souvent des pays européens pour nous vendre son projet de sociale-démocratie. Pourtant, si on se fie à l'analyse de "Political Compass", l'Europe n'est pas si à gauche que ça:

Union Européenne
Source: EU Political Compass

Je vous rappelle que sur l'axe horizontal on retrouve la gauche et la droite économique et sur l'axe vertical les sociétés libertariennes et autoritaires.

Mon résultat "Political Compass" se rapproche beaucoup du Danemark. Je vous invite à faire le test pour savoir de quel pays vous vous rapprochez le plus.

Quand la gauche québécoise nous vante les mérites de la sociale-démocratie européenne, elle nous parle d'un système qui a été répudié depuis longtemps sur le vieux continent.