Some folks just never do quite get the point

A comment answered at the ASI:

“Notice that you did not answer my question, which jobs would you prefer these people to do instead?”

Have you noted something about us around here? That we tend to think that pointyheads sitting in distant offices aren’t the way to decide who does what in an economy? So, asking a pointyhead, me, what jobs people should be doing is failing to grasp the most basic logical point. We think that pointyheads planning things from distant offices is a bad idea. So, why are you asking the pointyhead in the distant office what the plan is?

14 thoughts on “Some folks just never do quite get the point”

  1. I don’t think anyone is going to build many battery factories here, because they’re going to be where the cars are made. And that’s going to more and more be in Asia, Turkey or Eastern Europe. Maybe we’ll get a factory to support Nissan, but that will be about it.

    I noticed he added a new comment since you wrote this: “So what are those things you think we are least bad at that those people should be retrained to do, if you are against gigafactories, you must have an idea of where you want those resources used instead?”

    The thing these people never grasp is how much politicians, media, even many of us in industries can’t see the vastness of it all. If you could actually feel the total complexity of all the work activity in the UK, your mind would collapse. There’s a British company that specialises in designing rugged phones. You’ve probably never heard of them, but they get contracted by companies like Motorola and CAT. I hadn’t even thought about it until today, but Motorola are partly aiming their phones at the Deliveroo/Uber Eats bikers who want a phone that can work outdoors. A business that isn’t even a decade old creates new demands and grows new businesses. Do we expect a bunch of bureaucrats and people with PPE degrees to keep up with that?

  2. LOL. He’s a total cock on the ASI blog. Thinks he’s super smart with unanswerable points which fail to stand up to the merest scrutiny. I suspect he’s one of Spuds followers from his blog.

  3. My usual response to things like this is “If you’re so sure this needs doing, it’s a good opportunity for you. You do it. Nobody’s stopping you.”

  4. It’s a form of trolling known as sealioning. A series of superficially reasonable but unanswerable questions designed to drag you down the rabbit hole. Each answer is sidestepped and the process starts again. As Jimmers points out – he’s a cock. This was pretty obvious from his opening gambit.

  5. I’m looking forward to my new career in renewable energy, be it cleaning solar panels with a squeegee or picking up dead birds at the base of wind turbines.

  6. According to my daughter (24) there is a huge market for women’s clothing that has useable pockets.

  7. Bloke in California

    According to my wife (umm, better not say) it’s an evil conspiracy by the purse/handbag industry. When I suggested she make some clothes with pockets, her response was less than polite. I suppose the huge gap in the market will remain unfilled.

  8. @BlokeInTejas

    Did you follow that I was using sarcasm? On a British guy’s blog?

    Next, I’ll be asked why I’m constantly apologizing to Canadians.

  9. Who is actually buying all these milk floats? I do keep half an eye open when out and about and – single subjective sample I know – I see very few.

    I’ve honestly yet to see anything plugged into the handful of ‘public chargers” I know of and pass with any sort of regularity.

    Of course, the party line is that the “revolution” is upon us and is gaining momentum. Hmmmm.

    I can only conclude that those that have been bought charge overnight and are limited by this. OK 8 hours of slow charge might mean a few hundred miles with a following wind (if you choose to believe meaningful electricity can come from windmills)

    If that’s you, it’s possible to believe in the “revolution” – but the lack of thought police will be coming via the actual cost of “renewables” when the real car tax milch cow is dead. Assuming there will be enough electricity of course (hint, there won’t be)

    Is the “economics” of these “gigafactories” – the UK ones at least – based on government handouts, assumptions that the artificially created demand (I.e bans on real cars) will be there, or both? I’m fairly confident that the proposed ban in 8 years ain’t happening (they’ll just call it a delay of course)

  10. I do incline to your viewpoint Mark. Perhaps I’ll be proven wrong, but I can’t see how they can possibly pretend to do what they claim without wholesale resort to the gulags and gas chambers.

    They’ve still got quite a way to go before they can manage that.

  11. @Boganboy

    I could write war and peace on what is wrong with “green” but it is (or should be) pretty obvious to anybody with any sort of scientific/technical/engineering background (or even a smattering of knowledge) why it is incompatible with a high tech/industrialised/scientific society (and before anybody starts, greater efficiency, better processes etc are not “green”, just sensible, common sense and are usually an inevitable by product of improving and advancing technology).

    “green” is politics, and a hundred times worse is ideology. But a thousand times worse than the two combined, it is infantilized. Just go to the comments on any article about anything “green” (with milk floats being probably the most egregious example) and just look at the pro comments (I wonder if heat pumps will develop the same sort of messianic following as milk floats).

    What we’re seeing – and will see in the next few years – is that the consequences of this “green” ideology cannot be hidden. The propaganda is becoming increasingly desperate, as are the measures (forcing milk float charge points on ALL new build houses). It’s not so much the impact on real people, it’s the running out of excuses/rationalisations.

    Gulags and gas chambers likely would be needed, but SJWs are not the KGB or the SS (however much they might fantasise about it).

    To stop this, just ignore them. This is ALL Boris – or any other PM – needs to do.

    It’s the infantilization that is the issue though

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