Columnist David P. Goldman, a.k.a. "Spengler," literally wrote the book on how civilizations die. Who better to talk to about the economic crisis in Greece, the EU and the world at large.
Goldman notes that Greece and Germany both have low birth rates, but Germany is still doing much better.
Why? For one thing, Germany has raised the retirement age to 67, while Greeks still expect to be able to retire in their 50s -- and have Germans pay for it.
"If you're Greek and you want to be industrious and clever," Goldman says, "you leave Greece."
Greek culture is based on "familial amoralism," "where you feel no loyalty to your country or your neighbors, only to your relatives -- and you cheat as much as possible."
Goldman notes that because of this, you can't start a business or a factory there.
Puerto Rico also exhibits "Greek-like" amoral behavior and is reaping the consequences.
Goldman also warns that states like California and Illinois are also borderline basketcases, and for similar reasons: Black market economies, over regulation and corruption.
It's a fascinating, wide ranging conversation about culture and economics you won't want to miss.
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