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Liam Fox wants the UK to be an ‘exporting superpower’

The International Trade Secretary is keen for Britain to take over France and Italy in terms of how much it sells abroad

Liam Fox, International Trade Secretary, is the kid who, when you go round and ask everyone what their desired superpower would be, would have said "EXPORTING!!!"

What it means: In a speech launching his new business strategy, Liam Fox is expected to say today that he believes "the UK has the potential to be a 21st century exporting superpower".

The strategy aims to encourage British businesses to sell more goods abroad. 400,000 UK firms currently say they could export but don't. Fox's plan involves a website highlighting export opportunities, a tool to register any barriers to export people are facing, and mentorship schemes for businesses not yet operating abroad with successful exporters.

The aspiration is to take over France and Italy in terms of how much they export. Britain is currently fifth place on this front, and with Brexit coming up, everyone's pretty much in agreement it's vital to think about how Britain will relate to businesses abroad when it's out of the EU.

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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?