Tuesday, February 24, 2009

A Capitalistic Country

I notice snow falling. First there is a small covering but now it is really coming down. We are getting more. And a few months ago there was quite a bit of snow. It's cold in Madison.
We're having another storm. Fuck it. Nobody's going out. Nobody gives a rat's ass. We have to shovel our walks in Madison. That's not our choice but it happens due to a law.
Madison is a super-liberal, enlightened place that turns out to be just the same as every other place in the country that all of you call America but that I call US/America. But you know the one. U. S. A -- rah, rah rah: the country that uses its cowboy heritage to advertise cigarettes.
The country that has been experiencing an enormous increase in per capita wealth, since 1800. Some areas of the globe lag, reports this learned economics text that I took out from the library the other day. All the major economists' names are right there in the front pages of the book. The mystery seems to be that these other areas of the globe are not developing as quickly.

It's called studying the "underdeveloped" ones. Maybe the third-World people are just another species. Maybe we are just asking when they will become like us. Maybe they won't become like us. The problem that the globalization experts in my book have is that the third-World people are not becoming like the people of the developed capitalist world fast enough. Maybe that is because we are not letting them. The developed world is not letting the underdeveloped world develop --- and its scholarly experts in "economics" are looking at these non-developers and they are puzzled and they are trying to figure out why these others are not developing, while being simultaneously unaware that the others are not developing because the developed world is not letting them.

Oh: that's why these areas are not developing. It's called oppression, dumbasses.

I notice that the snow is falling. It is coming down in a regular, steady way. We aren't going to go out today. But I am sure some persons will. I am sure some economists will go to their jobs, because they are regular and steady in their own way too.

"Challenges of Globalization: imbalances and growth" Peterson Institute, D. C. See chapter 7, first two sentences, for reference.

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