Radio Derb Is On The Air: Stanley Fischer And Dual Citizenship, Etc.

As a podcast on iTunes, listenable/downloadable onscreen at Taki’s Magazine, or as a transcript here.

This week’s title story concerns the nomination of Stanley Fischer, Governor of the Bank of Israel, to be Vice Chairman of the Federal Reserve.  I take the opportunity to vent against the concept of dual citizenship, which I call “an abomination”:

Patriotism can have only one object.  When a British person becomes a naturalized American, there is a way to finesse the situation so that you remain a British citizen, holding dual British and American citizenship.  I know people who did that.  I myself didn’t.  Taking the Naturalization Oath, I declared before a judge that “I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen.”  Taking an oath is a serious matter, or ought to be.

Well, that’s personal.  I’m sure Mr. Fischer has his reasons.  I do find it hard to believe, though, that for such a senior post, with such power over the U.S. economy, it wasn’t possible to find someone among the 300 million-odd non-dual citizens of the U.S.A.

The full Radio Derb playbill:

  • Juicing for dollars.  (A baseball player is suspended for using performance-enhancing drugs!  Good grief!)
  • Sex scandal in France.  (A French politician is found to have a secret mistress!  Zut alors!)
  • The African horrors. (Tribal wars, cannibalism, nomad v. farmer, Muslim v. Christian, ….  Legacies of colonialism, no doubt.)
  • A treaty about nothing.  (Cosmetic diplomacy on Iran.)
  • A job Americans can’t do… (…unless they are also citizens of somewhere else?  See above.)
  • Congresscritters support Americans!  (Sixteen of them stand up to the Slave Power.)
  • Christie: the story about the story.  (Democrats are much better at politics.)
  • Libertarianism in one country.  (Maximum security at the borders, maximum liberty inside them.)
  • The progressive war on language.  (The left’s war on words.)

It’s all there at Taki’s Magazine.