July 05, 2006
on conspiracy theories and the defiant south
on the way down here i bought a copy of the Economic Hitman by John Perkins, which I have been reading during busrides around Buenos Aires.
Few books have been so mindblowing, i think.
Perkins talks about a grand conspiracy theory that is too familiar to be true-- the connections between big businesses, the US government and military, and IOs, in their joint attempt to squeeze money out of the third world sustainably while remaining beyond reproach. it challenges everything brown has taught me about economics and international trade and development, and it is beginning to remake how i perceive world history and international relations.
being in the country that invented dependency theory (by and large, raul prebisch is a local celebrity here, and argentinos still think that i am a Yankee even though i have only spent 8 yrs in the US, in los angeles, in fact)
i cannot help but wonder the system into which we brown IR-minded students will merge, or fight.
i study conflict resolution and education at brown.
what do i say to people, say the FARC, whose only choice to fight the expanding global trade regime is through jungle guerilla warfare_?
Posted by Johnny po Lin at July 5, 2006 06:36 PM
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