Body counts

Brad De Long delong at econ.Berkeley.EDU
Sat Jul 11 15:09:16 PDT 1998

>In the case of Indonesia, the
>intensification of inequality undoubtably cost lives.

You do have a quadrupling of Indonesian real GDP per capita in the generation after 1965 to set against the 750,000-1,000,000 direct death toll of Suharto...

>Again, I am not recommended that we choose our preferred form of government on
>the basis of such accounting.

Why not? How else are we to evaluate forms of government than by looking at what happens to the people ruled by them?

Brad DeLong

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