Comments: Codswallop

God, these people, they're so... the word "useless" comes to mind. Not to mention "narcissistic." In the actual meaning of the word -- as someone who couldn't recognize their own selves to keep themselves from drowning. It's not as if they ever include their own beautiful souls in their reflections on human inadequacy -- no, it's always "we, our" (in other words -- meaning "mankind," not the speaker's own self or close circle of like-minded friends -- not while they are in the same room, anyway...) or else it's some proscribed pariah group -- "politicians," "corporate bigwigs," "Americans." I'd like to take them all out to the middle of the ocean andput them in a life raft with a toothbrush and one pair of clean underwear.

Posted by: Andrea Harris at January 4, 2005 at 09:52 PM

If these are our 'betters' it does much to explain the state of the world.

Amazing how much twaddle can be expressed in so few words.

Posted by: aelfheld at January 4, 2005 at 10:07 PM

What really, really, really sucks is that what ends poverty is, uh, capitalism.

Really.

I know it must be counterintuitive to many, but allowing people to own property and generate wealth actually makes their lives better. Not that I would argue with an actual artist or anyone like that, who obviously possesses a far deeper understanding of the world than I do. I mean, hey, I just work for a living.

Posted by: Steve Skubinna at January 5, 2005 at 12:10 AM

Same old, same old. Most of us get over our socialist tendencies after we leave university or at least after we have graduated from kindy. It is actually the ability to make money, afford a decent education, be healthy etc etc that is the solution. Let's face it, women, for example, are far better off in capitalist countries than they are in too-bit tin-pot dictatorships and so called socialist utopias.

Posted by: Darlene at January 5, 2005 at 04:15 AM

"He is like the rooster who thinks the sun has risen to hear him crow."

Posted by: Parker at January 5, 2005 at 10:38 AM

Narcissus, meet Echo.

Posted by: cj at January 6, 2005 at 02:34 AM

I have a solution to the problem of the third world. It is called trade. Yes, the same sort of trade that people decry because it leads to things like Nike paying ridiculously low wages to furriners to make shoes at rock bottom prices. There's a reason that those jobs at those factories are always filled, people like those jobs. They might not be the kind of jobs at the kind of pay that rich folks in the developed world would like but they don't have to be, they just have to be better than the local alternatives. And they are.

To people who say that international trade takes advantage of the developing world I point to South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Japan. At one time these countries were as poor as any in the developing world today. And yet through trade and hard work they have managed to make great leaps and come into the modern, industrialized, developed age. South Korea and Taiwan are by all rights first world nations today, they managed that leap in only a few decades by extensively cooperating with the "explotation" wrought by international trade. A century ago Japan had the same level of industrial development and per capita wealth as India. I don't mean Japan then had the same level as India now, I mean it had the same level as India then. Yet Japan too managed to pull itself up from its bootstraps (twice, in fact) and into the first world.

The ranks of the rich, developed, first world are not exclusive, this is not a zero sum game. Any nation that has the moxie to do so can become as rich as we are, it's really that simple.

Posted by: Robin Goodfellow at January 8, 2005 at 02:17 PM