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  •  Both-and. (2+ / 0-)
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    YucatanMan, FarWestGirl

    Your criticisms of Sachs's neoliberal economic guidance to Poland and Russia are, I believe, correct.

    Yet still what you originally said:

    Jeffrey Sachs has, as I understand it, spent his entire career working to enable these sociopaths, by advocating and justifying policies and systems whose only social safeguards are the good intentions of the players.
    Is not correct. Sachs has spent part of his career very publicly and forcefully arguing for directing healthcare, nutrition, farm assistance, etc. directly to the world's poorest people.

    In other words, the good and bad coexist in Sachs. He is not the simple blackhatted villain you make him out to be.

    "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals." - Barack Obama

    by HeyMikey on Tue May 07, 2013 at 10:27:09 AM PDT

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    •  Sachs implemented neoliberalism around the world (6+ / 0-)

      and he must be held responsible for this.  Secondly, as his statement above about billionaires testifies, he is a free-market capitalist.  His basic ideas have not changed.  What has changed is that he now sits in a contradictory position wherein what he claims to care about (poverty) is directly produced by the economic system (capitalism) that he continues to defend.

    •  I'm not sure Sachs agrees (1+ / 0-)
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      that ending extreme poverty is mutually exclusive with keeping working stiffs away from the real levers of plutocratic power.

      If so, it's only recently.

      What are you doing to fight the dangerous and counterproductive error of treating dirtbag terrorist criminals as though they were comic book supervillains? I can't believe we still have to argue this shit, let alone on Daily Kos.

      by happymisanthropy on Tue May 07, 2013 at 12:07:49 PM PDT

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