Ask the powerful five questions
Like wealth of most kinds, power seems to make people smaller. Washington, D.C., (for example) is not known for its champions of selfless idealism. Yet many of those same people came into politics with a hope of doing good. I suspect it is a very hard place from which to keep focused on justice.
Those might raise a fuss, eh? (h/t Homeyra!)
Here’s another Benn thought-provoker:
“If you talk about a global answer to a global crisis, you can’t just talk about the movement of capital, now we are told all the time we must not have protectionism, but the most powerful protectionism in the world is immigration policy. Capital can move anywhere in the world to boost its profits. But labor can’t move because of the immigration control. Now I am raising huge questions, I recognize that. But if it is legitimate for a big American company to go to Malaysia where the wag[es] are low and triple their profit, why shouldn’t a Malaysian looking for high [wages] just go to America?“
Well? Immigration as protectionism – now there’s a fresh insight!
Written by Monte
April 12, 2009 at 11:22 pm
Tagged with accountability, Financial Times, graft, honesty, Immigration policy, Labour, leaders, leadership, Malaysia, National Union of Journalists, Parties, political influence, politicians, Politics, power, powerful, Society and Culture, Tony Benn, UK, United States, Washington DC, Wealth, wealthy
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