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Monday, December 26, 2005

Jaithirth Rao in Indian Express: "Poor, little, rich protestors"

Jaithirth Rao talks about the anti-globalisation protestors in his column in the Indian Express (see Poor, little, rich protestors). Although the column appeared more than a week ago, I got to see it only now.

Some gems from the column:

The real grouse of anti-globalisers at WTO? Free trade isn’t helping leftist PhDs make money.
It is the basic law of capitalism that a pot-bellied pan-chewing businessman who wears safari suits and who is in the “import-export” business will on average take more risk and on average will make a lot more money than a PhD in multi-cultural anthropology from JNU. And this is from the perspective of the left-wing intellectual both unpalatable and unjust.

The intellectuals of communist China don’t seem to have a problem with this. It is only the leftist elites of the West and their counterparts in India who seem to feel this way!


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