[FoRK] "What did the president know and when did he know it?"

Damien Morton fork
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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