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But is this process reversible? The fact that collapsing globalisation would stop the growth of slums is small consolation to those who are already in them if their food security deteriorates.

Though of course, stringing up some of the local "elites" from lampposts might solve part of the distribution problem. I suppose I can see scenarios there that involve only acceptable casualties (though I can also see scenarios that involve quite unacceptable casualties).

- Jake

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by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Tue Nov 23rd, 2010 at 01:37:14 PM EST
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... or in a policy sense?

Establish market towns with local trial fields, regulated market, clinic, school and credit union, and then once the periodic subsidized grain dumping stops destroying local agrarian economies, they can be rebuilt.

Will it happen automatically? Eventually, but only with much more pain, as its harder to create than it is to thoughtlessly destroy as a side effect of income subsidies to rural areas of high income nations.

I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.

by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Tue Nov 23rd, 2010 at 05:30:42 PM EST
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