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Culture Still Matters

Surtr Wrote: May 31, 2012 6:24 PM
Oh, Victor: the Swiss are rich because they aren't 'diverse'. That is they haven't flooded themselves with millions of sub 85 IQ third worlders who cant learn, earn, or even obey a few laws. Nor does saying ancient Germanics weren't as civilized as the Greeks / Romans disparage the role of IQ, and it's correlations with genetic populations, in the creation of wealth. Mountains of studies prove otherwise. But go back to your columns advocating invading the Arabs and importing the Mexicans you filthy traitor.

RUDESHEIM, Germany -- This week I am leading a military history tour on the Rhine River from Basel, Switzerland, to Amsterdam. You can learn a lot about Europe's current economic crises by just ignoring the sophisticated barrage of news analysis and instead watching, listening, and talking to people as you go down river.

Switzerland, by modern standards, should be poor. Like Bolivia, it is landlocked. Like Italy, it has no real gas or oil wealth. Like Afghanistan, its northern climate and mountainous terrain limit agricultural productivity to upland plains. And like Turkey, it is not a part of the European Union.