AN OASIS IN A WORLD OF HACKS, HUSTLERS, AND HIRED SPIN
posted by The Cunning Realist at Tuesday, June 06, 2006
Yes, and Arabs and Israelis will soon be living in peace and harmony.Keep drinking the kool-aid, TCR.
I was wondering if anyone was going to comment on the irony of Rumsfeld's visit to Vietnam.
The other day, I read that Vietnam's government is "capitalist authoritarian". So it's not Communist anymore? Is it totalitarian? Can anyone pinpoint the date that Vietnam stopped being Communist? My understanding is that China's government is Communist and the Communist Party rules China. I'm so confused about US support for democracy in the world. Are we for it or against it?
We for democracy when they're nice but against democracy if they're mean.Comes under the rules we learned in kindergarden.
Maybe it isn't Democracy at all, but simply Capitalism is our form of government.Didn't Bill Gates just get back from Vietnam... It is suppose to be one of the next up coming IT hot spots. Mexico and India are so over for outsourcing.
And the Chinese Premier stopped in Washington state, not D.C., to meet with Gates before meeting with W.I think that you've hit something there about capitalism being our form of government. While several cyberpunk novels by the likes of Sterling, Stephenson, and Gibson predicted variations on a future where corporations ruled and governments were almost passe, I think something akin to that is happening now. As communist countries ditch Marx for Smith, our attitudes towards them. The American gov't ignored China's anti-democratic stance while embracing them into the WTO in the 90's. And now Chavez and other democratically elected leaders in South America, who campaigned on nationalizing their oil and gas industries (very anti-free trade) and carried out those promises once elected, are being shunned.
There are so many conflicts over that particular area, I think pretty soon a war will start, that will be the beginning of WW3.
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