Thursday, November 16, 2006

Where Have You Gone, John Lennon?

Economically-challenged xenophobe Lou Dobbs had this to say in his defense of populism: "I blame us for forgetting that the United States is first a nation, and secondly a marketplace or an economy". I couldn't disagree more, and what would be even better, of course, is if we thought of countries as just collections of people, and didn't set up barriers that kept free people from engaging in trade with whoever they see fit.

Chuck Klosterman asks a good question in his awesome new book, Klosterman IV - if you have to make the choice, will you betray a friend or betray your country? Like Klosterman, I sure hope I would choose to betray my country.


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