Marine Le Pen’s anti-immigration, anti-EU party is sending shudders throughout Europe. In France, Le Pen has created, as the left-leaning Nouvel Observateur calls it, “the new age of the extreme right.” A recent Cevipof survey reports that nearly 90% of French believe that their politicians are out of touch with the people. The ruling Socialist […]
The Swiss Way
I have written in the past of the Swiss Confederation and its weak central government form (the presidency is a ceremonial office and rotates). The office has no powers above the other six members of the Swiss Federal Council. The entire Federal Council is considered a collective head of state. Switzerland is a neutral country with a low crime rate and a powerful national defense system. Instead of fielding a large standing army, Switzerland requires every man to undergo military training for a few days or weeks a year throughout most of his life. Each man is required to keep his assigned automatic rifle at home at the ready. The Swiss are powerful believers in individual liberty and freedom. They believe that there is no need for a higher legal authority to check people’s initiatives. In fact, federal court in Switzerland is not allowed to rule on any constitutional matter at the national level. The Swiss are all about keeping things at the cantonal level. Keep it local is the key in Switzerland.
There is a lot to learn for Americans from “the Swiss way.” Switzerland’s model is precisely the weak form of central government intended by our Founders. The best outline of what a constitutionally strong form of federal republic looks like is Ron Paul’s Liberty Defined. The chapter on “Empire” alone will amaze you. -- Dick Young
If you have accumulated some wealth, after a long lifetime of hard work, you are no doubt interested in securing your financial future. I have long found it prudent to broadly diversify financial and real estate assets. A year or so ago, Debbie and I traveled to Switzerland in the hope—small though it was—of being […]
Switzerland has voted to curb immigration, and this could be only the beginning. Foreigners now make up 25% of the Swiss population and the right wing Swiss Peoples Party is on the move to slash the foreign headcount. After its recent groundbreaking victory, the Peoples Party is on track to put forward an initiative to […]
This sadly out-of-touch fellow is operating on a Marxist-based template 100% certain to make NYC a less competitive city for business and a less safe city for all residents. As this Wall Street Journal article illustrates, a big percentage of New Yorkers have awoken, if a little late, to the anti-business, anti-safety progressive clown they […]
Americans living in Switzerland are giving up their U.S. passports because of the Foreign Accounts Tax Compliance Act.
It is a tragedy that until 2011 Americans have not had the slightest chance to return to the federal republic form of government espoused by our Founders. Peter S. Onuf, writing in The Origins Of The Federal Republic, explains, “There was little disagreement in theory about what Congress should do. John Adam’s prescription was typical. […]
Commentary by Dick Young on The Obama Heyday Is Over by Kimberley A. Strassel, The Wall Street Journal While Barack Obama is still out campaigning against George Bush, the Democratic Party is out campaigning against him. The party has thrown Obama and Nancy Pelosi under the bus. How can Nancy Pelosi maintain control of the […]