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America: The New India?

By on Jul 28, 2008 in Politics

One of the things I’ve always hated about liberal intellectuals is the glorification of non-Western culture. I’m not saying that eastern cultures don’t have positives – they have plenty – but they also have many many negatives (just as we do). I remember talking with a friend of mine who was preparing to head to grad school for Indian History. She began telling me about how the Indian government was so responsive to the people – responsive in a way that the American government isn’t. Specifically, she was talking about the Indian government’s attempts at dealing with the exponential increase in suicides among poor farmers. I looked at her quizzically. In America, I said, we would never get to a point where poor farmers are so desperate that they start killing themselves – we subsidize farmers, we have welfare. I wasn’t saying...