Japan and American 'Democracy'

michael michael at ecst.csuchico.edu
Wed Jul 15 08:11:05 PDT 1998

The land reform in Japan was devised by Wolf Ladejinsky, a violently anti-communist socialist, whom Tugwell brought to Washington. Ladejinsky thought that without land reform, Japan and Korea would go communist. He tried to help the Chinese to institute a land reform in one province, but it was too late to prevent the revolution.

He never got to work on the Korean land reform because he was accused to being a communist-type, but his policies were carried out.

Later, he worked on land reform in Vietnam during the war. I think that I recall that his land reform was not unrelated to the strategic hamlet program.

-- Michael Perelman Economics Department California State University Chico, CA 95929

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