Wednesday, July 12, 2006

The coming world

I've seen this seething undercurrent up close.

When international agencies jet their
consultants to the gleaming glass towers of the
elegant quadrants of town to meet with the local
"private sector," they’re talking to only a
fraction of the entrepreneurial world. The
emerging economic powers of the developing world
are the garbage collectors, the appliance
manufacturers, and the illegal construction
companies in the streets far below.
The American [past] experience is very much like
what is going on today in the Third World and the
formerly communist countries: The official law
has not been able to keep up with popular
initiative, and government has lost control.
Third Worlders are organized in modern-day claim
clubs, and their governments have begun to give
them preemption rights.

Full essay.