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Canadians hit back at Trump with tariffs

Sleeping bags, strawberry jam, ballpoint pens – they're hitting them where it hurts (seriously though)

Canada announced it's imposing tariffs on $12.6 billion worth of US products – the same value of the Canadian metal exports affected by US measures (we see what they've done there).

What it means: Canada was particularly annoyed about the US's decision to add extra duties on products imported from them, alongside the EU and Mexico. We're on your side, they said. Why attack your friends?

Now, they're fighting fire with fire, adding tariffs on a bespoke set of products designed to inflict as much damage as possible to industries where Canadian imports are popular with US customers and support US jobs: hence why we've ended up with another oddly specific list of things like sleeping bags, ballpoint pens, playing cards, and strawberry jam.

Meanwhile, the EU has warned that if Trump goes ahead with his threats to impose tariffs on cars imported from abroad, they're really gonna hit back hard. Car manufucturers in the US have expressed serious doubts about the idea too, saying it'd push up the price of vehicles by up to $6,000.

Sum: It's all getting pretty ugly.

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  • RW

    Your right to a degree. You mentioned “the wandering Jew”.

    I elaborate that the Jewish people, historically have tended to migrate almost exclusively to locations that are economically and culturally vibrant already. I would speculate that Jews have thrived in these places and have often improved the bounds of their economies and knowledge base.

    You can also ask; how many massive entertainment conglomerates, Nobel winners or billionaires has Isreal developed? If Jews are so capable, why isn’t Tel Aviv the Rome of our time?

    Jews are successful because they value education, maintain a strong social cohesive, they actively monitor and have a good sense for Zeitgeist wherever they are and they carefully choose the places they settle and congregate themselves heavily in these choice locations.

    But most importantly (haulocaust increased the importance of this aspect), they actually designed their culture for success. They not only attend Harvard, they use what they learned to better the group as a whole. With as much, they studied intricate networking systems, adapted to it and in many cases improved upon them. (See how Japan acquired Aegis warships and made them better).

    Of course there is nothing wrong with any of this. It’s when you elaborately gain disproportionate power in any society where you would stand out, you must take care when attempting to make a society better (Civil Rights movement) and rewriting that society all together (mass immigration). Ask blacks in China, Mexico, Philippines or India how much opportunity they have? Go to businesses owned by their American diaspora and see how many blacks they hire. Go to Silicon Valley and see how many East or South Asian tech workers wish they could work with more black people. California might work as a state, but as a nation, I think your rolling the nuclear dice here. I hope we can succeed as a tolerant pluralistic superpower but at this stage in human societal development, it’s a pipe dream.

    And if Jews really are the icon for success, they would see that fundamental human successes happen over generations. Just look at the rest of the planet? Are we ready?