Friedrich List & the US-German relation

James Devine jdevine at
Sat Sep 26 14:40:23 PDT 1998

I wrote:
>BTW, a protectionist/autarkic strategy sort of makes sense for Russia:
>first we have to make our domestic economy actually work; then we can deal
>with international trade. Of course, I'm afraid that that type of autarky
>would be linked to the worst kind of national chauvanism.

Arno asks: >Why Jim?? Not necessarily?

I don't quite understand this. I guess it means that I see the worst kind of national chauvanism as necessarily linked to the protectionist path. I didn't say "necessarily." (I never do.) But I would say "very likely": the folks who replace Yeltsin are likely to be Lebed or Lebed-like people, who mobilize their nation in some kind of Slavic nationalism. (Probably Zhirnovsky (sp?) will not be involved, since he's a clown. That doesn't mean that someone more scary than he might take over.)

If Russia weren't in such crisis, a moderate, less obnoxious, kind of national protectionism might prevail.

If the political balance were different, i.e., if there were a mass movement of the workers and other oppressed groups, restriction on trade might be part of a socialist strategy.

But as usual, I am not an expert on Russia. Nor do I play one on TV.

BTW, Arno, please make it clear what passages are _yours_ and what passages belong to the person(s) you are commenting on.

Jim Devine jdevine at &

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