Tuesday, November 09, 2004


Two Views Of Capitalism

We haven't done a compare-and-contrast for awhile, but here's a nice one.

Lynne Stewart is the lawyer on trial for allegedly helping smuggle incendiary messages from her client, blind cleric Omar Abdel-Rahman — who is imprisoned for life for plotting to blow up city landmarks — to terrorist followers overseas.

East Asia, however, has a somewhat more sensible approach to life.

Lynne Stewart East Asia
"I believe entrenched capitalism needs to be changed, and that's not easy," Stewart told Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Dember on her seventh day on the stand in Manhattan federal court.

Asked if violence was necessary to achieve such change, Stewart replied, "I don't think they [the targeted governments] will give up without that kind of threat.

"I'm taking about a popular revolution," she said.

Stewart said she backed a revolution in Egypt where hard-line Islamic fundamentalists would overthrow Egypt's secular government — the same view espoused by Abdel-Rahman.
With economic growth in East Asia at its highest level since the Asian financial crisis, there are fewer people than ever living in extreme poverty in the region, according to a new report.

The World Bank's six-monthly East Asia update says, with Japan excluded, growth will average more than 7 per cent this year and that the number of people living on less that $US2 ($A2.64) a day has fallen to about a third.

The past year had seen some 40 million people in the region move above that poverty measure, mostly in China, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam.
You say you want a revolution?