August 28, 2009

DON'T THEY HAVE ENOUGH PROBLEMS WITHOUT TURNING FROM THE ANGLOSPHERE TO THE FRENCH/CONTINENTAL MODEL?:

A New Path for Japan (YUKIO HATOYAMA, 8/27/09, NY Times)


Yukio Hatoyama heads the Democratic Party of Japan, and would become prime minister should the party win in Sunday’s elections.

In the post-Cold War period, Japan has been continually buffeted by the winds of market fundamentalism in a U.S.-led movement that is more usually called globalization. In the fundamentalist pursuit of capitalism people are treated not as an end but as a means. Consequently, human dignity is lost.

How can we put an end to unrestrained market fundamentalism and financial capitalism, that are void of morals or moderation, in order to protect the finances and livelihoods of our citizens? That is the issue we are now facing.

In these times, we must return to the idea of fraternity — as in the French slogan “liberté, égalité, fraternité” — as a force for moderating the danger inherent within freedom.


What citizens? The country is already so insular it's dying and now they'll turn further inwards?

Remember when folks like Walter Mondale, Ross Perot and Michael Crichton were terrified of Japan? It was kind of the '80s version of climate hysteria.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 28, 2009 10:25 AM
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