cremick at rlmnet.com
Fri Mar 26 14:13:48 PST 1999
> The "socialism" of eastern Europe disappointed people in many
> ways. It
> didn't lead to democracy or equality or justice. It wasn't
> very productive
> or innovative. It lacked glamour. But one thing it taught
> us, if we pay
> attention: It taught us how much--or rather how little--it
> costs to keep
> even the most militantly chauvanistic people at peace.
> Basically, every
> drunk, derelict and psychotic had some kind of job, some
> source of income.
> Young people had places to go and work to do.
There have been a lot of intelligent, though often conflicting, opinions
about Kosovo expressed here today, but this is the single best post I've
seen. It focuses our attention where it really belongs -- on economic
insecurity as *the* decisive element prompting armed conflict.
(Apologies again for overposting, but I won't be posting anything for
the next two days.)
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