Notes From An Emergency

And please regulate, regulate, regulate this industry, while you can.

Maciej Cegłowski

Nicola D’Agostino linked to me to the text version of Maciej Ceglowski talk given on May 10, 2017, at the re:publica conference in Berlin.

Worth every second the time you’ll need to read this … especially if, like me, you live in Europe, and then share it everywhere you can!

2 thoughts on “Notes From An Emergency

  1. I agreed with everything up until this paragraph.

    A giant part of the EU budget goes to subsidize farming, not because farming is the best use of resources in a first-world economy, but because farms are important to national security, to the landscape, to national identity, social stability, and a shared sense of who we are.

    That’s protectionism. And when the USA does it — like we do with most of our agriculture — the World Trade Organisation reprimands us for it. Developing nations in African, Asia, and South American can’t properly compete agriculturally because the USA protects the market. They are correct.

    So if farms are important to national security, then so is steel and a bunch of other stuff on which Trump has placed tariffs. That’s how the authoritarians will justify it. They’ll point out the hypocrisy of Europe and China etc.


    1. Ciao Khurt !
      Sorry for my late reply … In Europe we have some strict rules regarding the use of pesticides, OGM and others coming from external countries. And usually we don’t have a true ‘industry’ in farming … since young have abandoned for years that field, and only in the last 5/10 years they’ve coming back gathering old traditions and green (bio)-technology to get the most of our biodiversity.

      The approach is a bit different from Trump’s claim to ‘revitalize’ the USA economy. We are trying to eat good food (organic you would say in California) and do not kill entirely our food heritage.

      I should re-read in its entirety the speech to say if Maceje meant exactly this, or else. And I promise I’ll do as soon as a sudden medical problem will solved. At last, I’ve edited the `markdown` syntax you’ve used since it was not working in comments here on I do hope it’s not a problem for you!


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