Were the Soviet Union to sink tomorrow under the waters of the ocean, the American military–industrial complex would have to remain, substantially unchanged, until some other adversary could be invented. Anything else would be an unacceptable shock to the American economy

George F Kennan in his preface to Norman Cousin’s ‘The Pathology Of Power’

Well guess what happened?

"The Aid/Trade Debate: Africa and globalisation"

Public Debate at LSE (London School of Economics) on the 31st of October.

The aid versus trade debate has formed a key part of the academic discussion around African development and economic growth. Professor Devarajan will give his perspective on Africa and globalisation.

Shanta Devarajan is the chief economist of the World Bank’s Africa Region.

Eric-Vincent Guichard is the chairman and chief executive officer of GRAVITAS Capital Advisors, Inc.

If anyone in London wants to go, let me know because I’d much rather go with someone than alone.



also mundialisation or mundialization – a common term for processes of international integration arising from increasing human activity and interchange of worldviews, products, ideas, and other aspects of culture. In particular, advances in transportation and telecommunications infrastructure, including the rise of the Internet, represent major driving factors in globalisation and precipitate further interdependence of economic and cultural activities. See also industrialisation.

To say that “the worker has an interest in the rapid growth of capital”, means only this: that the more speedily the worker augments the wealth of the capitalist, the larger will be the crumbs which fall to him, the greater will be the number of workers than can be called into existence, the more can the mass of slaves dependent upon capital be increased.
—  Marx - Wage Labour and Capital 1847

slutshamingbobdylan asked:

Hey I have an English professor (well, a reading he assigned) that claims that once Mandarin is the universal Chinese language (I'm already skeptical) they'll naturally transition completely to a roman alphabet because the Chinese writing system is "too complicated." I'm highly skeptical of this claim, but I don't know much about Asian languages and I'm having trouble finding the resources to disprove them. Any insights or people/resources I can bring into this one?

H! That sounds like an interesting, yet scary, topic. I don’t know much about Sino-Tibetan languages but I’m feeling highly dubious about Mandarin becoming the next universal language… I think that by the time that happens, Mandarin will have already split into dozens and dozens of unintelligible dialects, like other varieties in the Chinese group of languages already did.

As for their writing system, there’s already a simplified set of characters in use along with the traditional script. Although, I see romanisation as a possibility, I still feel doubtful about it becoming the standard as I consider the complete loss of the Chinese characters in favour of the Latin alphabet to be unlikely. But yet again, I’m not a student of Chinese or Sinology.

Maybe my followers can help? This might turn into a very interesting post.