Tuesday, March 27, 2012


Pithiest sentence I read this week:

"They import nothing into their overseas dominions except damaged officials and they export nothing from them except the same officials, worse damaged"

~ Albert Guerard, describing France's adventures in colonialism as quoted by John Gimlette in his amazing book, "Wild Coast".

To me, the best books both inform and entertain. Wild Coast knocks it out of the park in both dimensions.

Scariest sentence I read this week:

"The world needs more effective global economic governance more than ever."

~ Owen Barder on why the WB presidency matters.

Obviously I disagree. I don't think we need ANY "global economic governance".

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