[FoRK] "What did the president know and when did he know it?"
Wed Jul 6 19:00:25 PDT 2005
Luis Villa wrote:
> But only half of that list starved massive percentages of their *own*
> citizens, which suggests either failed economic systems, failed
> government systems, or both.
Of course, one of those nations enslaved a massive population to enable
its own economic growth, and before that commited genocide to
appropriate the land on which it is now situated.
> Now, I'm actually inclined to agree with your core argument (given
> that China will be writing all our history soon, if they can keep up
> their economic growth, regardless of their political system) but
> drawing anything other than superficial comparisons between Mao,
> Stalin, Pol Pot, and any other leader who hasn't killed tens of
> millions of their own people detracts from the 'political history is
> written by the economic winners' point you're trying to make.
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