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I'm not going to comment on historical celebrations, but I want to take up this issue of neoliberalism.  First of all, the word is thrown around by so many different "intellectuals" that it has practically lost its meaning.  (Brad DeLong, for example, referred to himself as one the other day, but his definition seems much different from those that I heard from the mouths of classmates when I did my sociology minor.)

It's a mistake to say that the future lies only in India, China or the US.  The future lies everywere.  Fifty years from now, we're going to be talking about Africa -- not China or India.  Remember your column in the Journal, Jerome?  "Can-Do France" was the title, I believe.  The French need to lose the pessimism.  That needs to be a priority for those of us, who know better.

If the citizens of France knew they were so much more productive than the Americans and the Brits, they would recognize that France has plenty to offer the international market, and that the increasingly-globalized economics we're dealing with is not something to fear.  It doesn't have to be the enemy of the Average Joe (Average Jean?).

Well over half the world's governments would kill for a 10% unemployment rate and a generous welfare state to look out for that 10%.  An even larger percentage would kill for a nealy-two-trillion-dollar economy.

A week or two ago, French doctors performed the first partial face transplant.  Innovation is not some alien concept to France, and I wish to God the neoliberals -- whom I agree with on some issues (depending on how we define "neoliberal") and disagree with on others -- would cut the shit and quit smothering people with such moronic statements and slogans.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.

by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Thu Dec 29th, 2005 at 01:31:03 PM EST

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