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Couple days ago, a gunman opened fire at a Market in Florence, Italy, killing two Senegalese Street Vendors, before turning the gun on himself.

Since then, friends have been sending me notes asking if I had heard of it. This morning, I got tagged on Facebook by a friend called Zachary Caceres, wondering if I had seen the news. Zac is extremely intelligent and thoughtful and hit the nail on the head when he wrote this:

“Extremely sad attack in Italy on Senegalese Street Traders. One of the unintended consequences of protectionism and government intervention is the (justified) feeling that the economy is becoming a zero-sum game. Ironically, worldwide Street Trading is a major growth and employment sector, which the Italian formal economy could only hope to rival.

Instead of growth and opportunity, you have a set number of jobs — many of which are patronage jobs like civil service or in government protected unions — which everyone has to fight over. Instead of the arrival of foreigners being an opportunity for cultural enrichment and trade, they are instead just another competitor fighting over the fixed economic pie. 

This brings out the worst of our tribal heritage. Advocates that believe in peace and equality and also Government interventionism should consider this.”

I agree with him. Let’s also add that with or without immigrants, Europe will be completely screwed if they do not manage to create more jobs & opportunities. And their current trend for protectionism and nationalism is really counter productive for that. For now they gang up against those who do not look like them, next it will be those who are not from the town, then those who is not from the traditional ruling families of the town… I said it before: “Well jobs to me are to any sustainable society what water is to Life! Lose them and watch everything die around us, including us humans” and “employment ensures peace and a happy society. JOBS, JOBS, JOBS are critical, everywhere”. More here.