5th columnist

Stephen E Philion philion at hawaii.edu
Wed Mar 29 11:30:48 PST 2000

On Wed, 29 Mar 2000, Brad De Long wrote:

> >On Tue, 28 Mar 2000, Brad De Long wrote:
> >
> >> >Maybe they recruited you as a sleeper while you were working on Wall
> >> >St., kind of like the Viet-Cong did with McCain. ;)
> >>
> >> You've got it wrong. The Viet-Cong didn't recruit McCain.
> >> McCain--acting as an agent for the founders-to-be of Nike--recruited
> >> the Viet-Cong.
> >>
> >> Where else in the world today, after all, can they find such a
> >> compliant and productive workforce with such effective gang-bosses?
> >>
> >>
> >> Brad DeLong
> >Indonesia perhaps?
> Real wages perhaps four times those of Vietnam today...
> Brad DeLong
Gosh Brad, I expect better than that from you. I mean, Indonesia, the country that has received so much in the way of US aid, WB loans,...and been relatively free of war for how many years now? I should hope its average wage was a bit highr than Vietnam's.

I would add that when I traveled in Indonesia about 9 years ago, especially in parts of SUmatra, the poverty there I encountered reminded me of what I saw in Vietnam, and Vietnam was by far the poorest country I'd traveled through. I couldn't say that about Malaysia, Thailand, or China, where I also travelled.


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