Clearly we need more imperialist training
Posted by aogSunday, 16 May 2004 at 21:22 TrackBack Ping URL

[Via LEO via Marginal Revolution]

Apparently the WTO has ruled against the USA with respect to cotton subisidies, largely on the basis of the work of an economist (Daniel Sumner) at the University of California. The article is filled with calls of “treason” and threats of funding cutoffs for the university and vague insinuations that the work is bogus (although those are very weak).

What one doesn’t see is the attitude “so what if it screws over farmers in the third world?”. Presumably the cotton growers and their fellow diners at the federal teat don’t think that argument would work. But how does that fit in to the view that Americans are rapacious scum who happily loot the wealth of the rest of the world to sustain their extravagant lifestyle? That’s how a true imperialist people would act.