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I don't know what happened but your pages are messed up! I thought it was very interesting on the finger tapping, too! sam

posted by sam444 on June 4, 2010 at 9:27 AM | link to this | reply

I have a great appreciation for India! This was so informative and well written! It deserves a second read and a repost somewhere along the line, too! sam

posted by sam444 on October 9, 2009 at 7:55 PM | link to this | reply

Thank you for your informative description of India
However, in the United States, there has been a long tradition of populist revolt against what we regard as abuses of capitalism rather than emblematic of them.  For example, the Main Street vs. Wall Street dichotomy is actually a deep-seated conflict of local businesses (Main Street) against national businesses (Wall Street) where populists ally with Main Street and the political parties ally with Wall Street.  Efficiency in the populist model is thus relative efficiency within each community, as in the classical argument for free trade, so that an abundance of local labor would result in their use substituting for scarcer resources within the locality, similar to what you describe for Indian localities.  Conversely, efficiency in the model of national and, a fortiori, international companies, i.e. imperialism, is national or international efficiency pursued without regard to the poverty it engenders in regions and countries which are inefficient in that wider scope.  It is notable that populists have resisted imperialism, e.g. Tom Watson's protests and fiery criticism of US entry into WWI, which he labeled "Mr. Morgan's war" and for which he was branded a traitor by Woodrow Wilson and had his publications squashed in a clear violation of the freedom of the press.  What you call "capitalism" is, in fact, "imperialism", an abuse of capitalism by national companies and political parties.

And the time is ripe in the United States to overthrow imperialism from within.

posted by cpklapper on October 8, 2009 at 8:17 AM | link to this | reply

This is sooo informational; I think I ought to look through it again. Thank you for your sharing.

posted by Darson on October 7, 2009 at 2:47 PM | link to this | reply

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