Burma Reforms Cement Geopolitical Shift
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  • Jacksonian Libertarian

    “country formerly known as Myanmar” did they change their name back to Burma?

  • Luke Lea

    Ah, a new export platform in the making perhaps?

    Everything seems to depend on the maintenance of free trade, which seems to be undermining our democracy and manufacturing base here at home. Has WRM really thought this thing through?

  • “Everything seems to depend on the maintenance of free trade, which seems to be undermining our democracy and manufacturing base here at home. Has WRM really thought this thing through?”

    I won’t presume to speak for WRM (good grief, I can barely speak for myself sometimes). But so far at least in Burma the trends towards freer trade and greater political liberalization seem to be moving in tandem. Which is a good deal more than one could EVER say of our “free” trade with mainland China. Of course it’s likely much too early to tell, but at this stage my gut instinct suggests at least two cheers are in order for the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

    Speaking of which (and not that it’s any of MY business, but) do you suppose we might in future refrain from language about ententes and how cordial they’re getting – however much some of us may genuinely approve of both? I know that for me both noun and adjective are a little too resonant of a certain 1914 for personal comfort. And I believe I’m as enthusiastic a “Great Gamer” as anybody. And yet isn’t that the whole point of “playing the Game,” as I understand both Britain and Russia played it in the 19th century – that your rival can be by turns and for different purposes both your competitor AND your collaborator? In any case, I’m sure lots of us would much prefer the analogy of China playing Tsarist Russia to our Tory Britain, as opposed to (God help us all) China playing Wilhelmine Germany to our Wilsonian America.

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