[Marxism] Race to the top?

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Tue Nov 15 13:11:17 MST 2005


NY Times, June 3, 2005
A Race to the Top
By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN

Bangalore, India

The fact that a top German politician has resorted to attacking capitalism 
to win votes tells you just how explosive the next decade in Western Europe 
could be, as some of these aging, inflexible economies - which have grown 
used to six-week vacations and unemployment insurance that is almost as 
good as having a job - become more intimately integrated with Eastern 
Europe, India and China in a flattening world.

To appreciate just how explosive, come to Bangalore, India, the outsourcing 
capital of the world. The dirty little secret is that India is taking work 
from Europe or America not simply because of low wages. It is also because 
Indians are ready to work harder and can do anything from answering your 
phone to designing your next airplane or car. They are not racing us to the 
bottom. They are racing us to the top.

Indeed, there is a huge famine breaking out all over India today, an 
incredible hunger. But it is not for food. It is a hunger for opportunity 
that has been pent up like volcanic lava under four decades of socialism, 
and it's now just bursting out with India's young generation.

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Ants eat away woman's eye in hospital
Tue Nov 15, 2005 10:26 AM ET

KOLKATA, India (Reuters) - A woman receiving treatment for diabetes at a 
state-run hospital in eastern India lost one of her eyes after ants nibbled 
away at it, officials said on Tuesday.

The patient recovering from a post-surgery infection shrieked for help as 
the ants attacked her on Sunday night, but nurses told her it was normal to 
feel pain from the infection.

On Monday, the patient's family saw a gaping hole with swarming ants in it 
when they lifted the bandage on her left eye.

Authorities of the Sambhunath Hospital in Kolkata said they were probing 
the incident.

"It's not uncommon for ants to attack diabetic patients. We have set up a 
committee to investigate the unfortunate incident," hospital superintendent 
A. Adhikary said.

Scampering rats and stray cats and dogs sharing bed space with patients are 
not uncommon sights at India's overcrowded state-run hospitals that are 
used by millions of poor and middle-class people.

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