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How Britons forgot that history can hurt
September 19, 2019 | | Financial Times| by Simon Kuper.

Centuries of stability have created a country careless about risk... the British mainland has meandered along nicely since Newton’s death in 1727: no conquest, dictatorship, revolution, famine or civil war. The sea prevented invasions; coal made Britain the first industrialised power. Few Britons developed strong ideologies that they were motivated to kill for.

How to square this historical stability with the UK’s newfound instability?......What explains Britain’s transformation? I suspect it’s precisely the country’s historical stability that has made many of today’s Britons insouciant about risk. They have forgotten that history can hurt. Other countries remember....their citizens remember how countries can go horribly wrong (see Uganda, the French in Algeria, etc.)......Britain has no comparable traumas. Terrible things do happen there but chiefly to poor people — which is how the country is supposed to work. Even the losses suffered during two world wars have been reconfigured into proud national moments. The widespread American guilt about slavery is almost absent here.

And so, Britain has a uniquely untroubled relationship with its past, and a suspicion of anything new. No wonder the natural ruling party calls itself “Conservative”.

Britain’s ruling classes are especially nostalgic, because they live amid the glorious past: the family’s country home, then ancient public school, Oxbridge and Westminster. They felt Britain was so secure from constitutional outrages that they never bothered to write a constitution.

But it’s wrong to blame British insouciance (embodied by Johnson) on the elite. It extends across all classes. Most Britons have learnt to be politically unserious. Hence their tolerance for toy newspapers they know to be mendacious — Britons’ ironic relationship with their tabloids puzzles many foreigners.

Postwar Britons — the most shielded generation in this shielded country’s history — voted Brexit not out of fanaticism but in a spirit of “Why not?” Many Leave voters argued additionally that “Things can’t get worse”, which any Ugandan could have told them was mistaken. Some Leavers even seemed to crave a bit of history.
'30s  Argentina  Brexit  carelessness  complacency  constitutions  decay  false_sense_of_security  German  history  historical_amnesia  insouciance  ruling_classes  Simon_Kuper  social_classes  United_Kingdom  worrying 
september 2019 by jerryking
How Glencore AG became a giant in the global agriculture trade - The Globe and Mail

Interested in acquisitions, Glencore AG has accumulated an extensive network of grain assets around the world, and has no plans of stopping
Eric_Reguly  Glencore  soybeans  CPPIB  Argentina  ADM  Bunge  Cargill  Louis_Dreyfus  oilseeds  Viterra  agriculture  growth  opportunities  Rotterdam  grains  logistics  storage  transportation  trading  agribusiness  supply_chains  Marc_Rich 
may 2017 by jerryking
Argentina’s banking talent stays away -
December 30, 2014 2:22 pm
Argentina’s banking talent stays away
By Benedict Mander and John Paul Rathbone
Wall_Street  financiers  Diaspora  émigrés  Argentinians  Argentina  cronyism 
january 2015 by jerryking
Argentina Rediscovers Its African Roots -

There have been other attempts to examine Argentina’s African roots in Buenos Aires, including a now-closed maritime museum discussing the slave trade in the La Boca neighborhood. And during Argentina’s 2010 bicentennial, cultural institutions sought to mark the country’s diverse past. The National Historical Museum grouped paintings from the museum’s permanent collection of the five-decade-long Emancipation era. The exhibition center Casa Nacional del Bicentenario occasionally surveys African influences in Argentine music. Outside the capital, in San Antonio de Areco, there are exhibits on Argentina’s black gauchos, or cowboys, in the Museo Ricardo Güiraldes and Museo Las Lilas de Areco. Near Cordoba, the Museo de la Estancia Jesuítica de Alta Gracia, part of Unesco’s slave trail list, also contains exhibitions on the relationship among Jesuits, natives and African slaves.

But those attractions all look backward. As part of the shift toward embracing Afro-Argentine culture, the country is beginning to welcome contemporary African influence.
Argentina  travel  things_to_do  Diaspora  Africa  slavery  history  invisibility  tango  Buenos_Aires  African  tunnels  Afro-Latinos  exclusion 
september 2014 by jerryking
3 ways to do wine in Buenos Aires, home of Pope Francis - The Globe and Mail

BUENOS AIRES — The Globe and Mail

Last updated Tuesday, Mar. 19 2013
Argentina  things_to_do  restaurants  Buenos_Aires 
march 2013 by jerryking
Argentina's Oil Grab Draws Fire -
April 17, 2012 | WSJ | By ILAN BRAT in Madrid and MATT MOFFETT in Buenos Aires.
Spain Threatens Measures After Buenos Aires Proposes Nationalizing Repsol Unit; Minister Scoffs at Compensation Demand
Argentina  Spain  nationalizations  YPF  Repsol 
may 2012 by jerryking
Kirchner's Gambit Underlines Nationalist Tilt -
April 17, 2012 | WSJ | By MATT MOFFETT.
Kirchner's Gambit Underlines Nationalist Tilt During Precarious Times
Argentina  nationalizations  YPF  Repsol  nationalism 
may 2012 by jerryking
Where Argentina goes from here
22 Dec 2001 |The Globe and Mail pg.22 | editorial
ProQuest  Argentina  IMF  editorials 
october 2011 by jerryking
Fernando Trocca on Barbecuing the Perfect Steak -
JUNE 3, 2011 WSJ By JEMIMA SISSONS. Asado—both the name of a
barbecue as a social event, and a cut of beef (short ribs)—was part of
the chef's weekly life, growing up in Buenos Aires....The asado derives
from the Spanish asare, to roast, and originated as a gaucho [South
American cowboy] ritual....The asado starts an hour-and-a-half before
eating is to begin, when the fire is lit. Mr. Trocca uses wood only.
"Everything is a ceremony," Mr. Trocca says. "I always start by opening a
bottle of wine, probably a Torrontes [a white grape from Argentina]. I
start with the fire, hand around some salami. First up are the sausages,
blood sausage, and chorizo—these are much more fatty than in Europe.
Then comes the offal—sweetbreads, kidneys and chinchulines
[intestines]—with lots of lemon juice. Only then comes the beef, lamb
and pork, often two to three hours into the meal."
grilling  steaks  BBQ  Argentina  sausages  offal  chorizo 
june 2011 by jerryking
Angling for Adventure | Departures
July/August 2008 issue
Angling for Adventure

By Peter Kaminsky
fly-fishing  Argentina  fishing 
january 2010 by jerryking

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