A pessimistic view of microcredit. The net of it is: debt is still debt. This line is the kicker:
“It assures us that we – the rich world – can [fight] poverty in the global South without any cost to us, and without any threat to existing arrangements of political and economic power.”
The Left Must Embrace Its Radical Western Roots by Slavoj Zizek is an old piece, written in the wake of the Paris terror attacks of 2015, but still worth reading for its nuanced navigation of cultural divides and Western liberal values.
…one has to do two things. First, formulate a minimum set of norms obligatory for everyone that includes religious freedom, protection of individual freedom against group pressure, the rights of women, etc.—without fear that such norms will appear “Eurocentric.” Second, within these limits, unconditionally insist on the tolerance of different ways of life. And if norms and communication don’t work, then the force of law should be applied in all its forms.
A roundup of recent scholarly articles on K-Pop (who knew?), made especially relevant by the recent tragic death of Kim Jong-Hyun.