[Marxism] Letter to Desmond Tutu concerning President Robert Mugabe

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Sun Jul 6 20:55:10 MDT 2008


On Sun, Jul 6, 2008 at 7:44 PM, Walter Lippmann <walterlx at earthlink.net> wrote:

> What Kerala, Ghana and Tanzania, who never had a system of racist
> apartheid like South Africa had,  has to do with any of this is
> entirely unclear.

"Frances Moore Lappe and Rachel Schurman found that of seventy Third
World countries, there were six—China, Sri Lanka, Colombia, Chile,
Burma, and Cuba—and the state of Kerala in India that had managed to
lower their birth rates by one third. They enjoyed neither dramatic
industrial expansion nor high per capita incomes nor extensive family
planning programs. The factors they had in common were public
education and health care, a reduction of economic inequality,
improvements in women's rights, food subsidies, and in some cases land
reform. In other words, fertility rates were lowered not by capitalist
investments and economic growth as such but by socio-economic
betterment, even of a modest scale, accompanied by the emergence of
women's rights."

  -- <http://www.michaelparenti.org/Imperialism101.html>




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