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Sunday, February 01, 2004The New American Century I am not a great fan of Arundhati Roy's political/economic ideas - my views on this speech shall follow later, time permitting - But some key points raised by Ms.Roy are relevant - Like Bechtel & George Schultz connection, President Lula of Brazil and Nelson Mandela, we all know the stories of Haliburton and Dick Cheney, ABB and Donald Rumsfield( North Korean nukes sale) etc.. My question is what is the alternate model that Arundhati and the brigade has to offer - can they indicate any contemporary success..
The same set of facts are generally seen by roy and myself, but we sift & prioritize them with completely different lenses and see different patterns. She sees an imperialistic, military / industrial / corporate complex that's taken over the United States and the world. she thinks that Halliburton or some other corporation asked US to go war, to reap the benefits- safely ignoring various responses by IRAQ/UN/G7/NATO countries before the bombings started. Similarly in terms of globalisation and opening new markets, looking at the hard data about economic progress widely available , it can also be seen as freedom and new markets improving lifestyles globally. World poverty fell 20% in the last capitalist decade, china and india each raised more than 100 million people out of poverty in the last decade....this singular feat is unmatchabe in human history in terms of economic advances concerning so many people.
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