[Marxism] From a Bangladeshi friend on Matt Yglesias
lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Apr 26 06:46:03 MDT 2013
Yglesias's opinion is particularly awful not only because of its "moral"
view but also because of bad journalism.
First, he appears not to know that there are already existing building
standards in Bangladesh appropriate to the soil and geo-physical
conditions of the country and for the metro area. It is fairly clear
that site owners failed to follow the standards because of trying to cut
costs and pocket more profits. Yes, different countries and regions
should have different standards, but not for the reasons that he think
because it is warranted by standard engineering and scientific knowledge
and assessment of the type of vulnerability.
Second, he holds the notion that the life of a Bangaldeshi has less
intrinsic valuable that of a Western person. This is the old
imperialist and racist view, not different from those propagated by the
worst regimes of history and often the basis of great atrocities.
Clearly even a "liberal" like Matt Yglesias has not learnt anything.
That's a shame. I am shocked but not surprised, frankly, at this form
of crude and vulgar thinking, which presumably Western liberals had
shunned after the civil rights movement in the U.S. and other such
efforts in the capitalist countries. Is he back to the view that just
because a person is of different nationality, he or she does not feel
pain or suffering? How low can one sink? Has Yglesias lost any sense of
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