Worth reading every word: Leftist Planet - By Michael Moynihan | Foreign Policy
"THERE IS AN almost Orientalist presumption that the citizens of places like Cuba or Afghanistan have made a choice in rejecting globalization and consumerism. From the perspective of the disaffected Westerner, poverty is seen as enviable, a pure existence unsullied by capitalism."
There are few problems in life that cannot be solved with toast.
One of them, however, is opening a can of corned beef with that stupid key. This cannot easily be done at the best of times, and toast is of surprisingly little use in resolving the issue.
You're a bit of a leftist there in Isaan, aren't you Willie?
I'm sure Willie uses his right hand most of the time.
There are some issues that almost all Americans who have lived out of America are not left wing or right wing on, even if they are normally left wing or right wing on everything else. The exceptions to these are idiots, the mentally retarded, and psychopaths. Papa is a good example, but I won't say of which subset.
1. Healthcare: Die hard right-wingers know that America's medical healthcare system is fucked and single-payer works and is not socialism.
2. The American hegemony is good: While it isn't ideal and the Yanks are far from saints, it is much, much better to have America as the world's policemen than China, India, Japan, or (gulp) Thailand. While other countries would probably be better world policemen--the Brits learned from empire and we haven't listened as much as we should--America is by no means the worse.
3. Poverty is not a culture: This article was good on that. Street stalls in SEA aren't quaint--they're the result of extreme poverty and political mismanagement.
There are plenty other issues, but I'm too tired and busy to think up more examples.
If there's a rustle in your hedgerow, don't be a lawman...
We could all sit outside on banana lounges discussing the best way to rebuild a 4WD transmission and agree, through shared stories of conquests supporting our assertions, that there is no basis to the proposition that those least assured of their persuasions are the first to condemn others for theirs.
I'm not sure that the writers of those guides truly believe what they are writing. It might just be that they know that the particular countries highlighted in the article are not the most free and open and tourists found wandering around with guidebooks that are critical of the regime might find themselves in a spot of bother...
If there's a Russell in your hedgerow...
"Thailand is way past the days of tuna, pineapples, and bargirls." - Sharky