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Quotation Bleg

April 1st, 2003 · No Comments

I call upon the vasty open-source powers of the blog community to assist me where Google fails… I’m editing a book at work, and one of the things I’m trying to do is replace certain references and quotations from the author’s native Sweden (the book’s in translation) with equivalents from folks who’d be more familiar to an anglophone audience. Among the things I’m looking for:

  • A quotation from a critic of globalization expressing the idea that the process is unchecked or out of control—in particular the sense that there really ought to be somone “at the helm” or “in the driver’s seat.”

  • A reference or quotation illustrating that in the 18th or 19th centuries, one person could very easily keep up with all of the important happenings in the world, maybe by reading a few elite publications.
  • A quotation to the effect that an evil cabal of free-market ideologues (rather than the failure of economic “planning”) is responsible for the spread of market reforms and economic liberalization.
  • An anglophone saying the equivalent of: “Either a branch of enterprise is profitable, in which case it needs no tariff protection; or else it is unprofitable, in which case it deserves no tariff protection” (This is a natural enough phrasing that I assume some Americna economist has said this almost verbatim.)
  • A quotation to the effect that if government is given the task of protecting “cultural identity” then culture itself becomes static and constrained by bureaucracy, a frozen tableau, rather than dynamic and living.

Comment or email if you’ve got brilliant ideas.

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