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    [World Needs] JAMAICA: INFRASTRUCTURE CASE STUDY

    Start of thread on needs & solutions for world logistics, layout, infrastructure, et al.

    JAMAICA: 3RD WORLD POWER/INFRASTRUCTURE CASE STUDY by Dr. John Lennon (no, not him)

    https://youtu.be/37n7WtaLHQQ

     

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    BEFORE INTERSTATES, AMERICA GOT AROUND ON INTERURBANS

    It's funny how this history just had no use for us over the past 60 years and now suddenly does.

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2021-10-06/long-gone-interurban-...


    Good edit - it didn't even occur to me to connect these two topics.


    Me neither til after I moved them twice


    just to keep in mind when considering topic enlightened


    Yes, as Mario says, useful analysis requires engagement. A good article by Johnathan Cooke describes a pretty successful effort to set the rules of engagement.


    It's written by someone who seems to give a shit, while many of us long ago lost the sting and passion of this issue. I'm floored however by the diatribe against abstracting people - as if this isn't a basic tool for understanding nations and movements? Probably all of us have a quaint pseudo-correct notion of what constitutes a Russian, an Aussie, a Chinese, a Brazilian... it's what makes the Indian guy on The Simpsons so hilarious and insulting at the same time. Of course Jewish struggles and survival techniques in the late 1800's were quite different at a time when Sweden's standard of living was worse than Botswana's is today. (see "Factfulness")

    I don't know if it all needs to be so complex - like people scratching an itch instead.


     

    Orion, the video by Dr. Lennon reveals a thoughtful and caring person with empathy and compassion for the common people of Jamaica and I am confident for other peoples as well. He sees the IMF as a power structure that pays off for the powerful at the expense of the poor and needy. I agree. Thanks for the post.

      Power does indeed corrupt but it is also true that in a vicious feedback circle, “corruption”, which is not necessarily illegal, can often come first and can be sold as charity or a helping hand. This is a very common way to achieve or enhance power, especially economic power which pays off handsomely for those who wield it and a sociopath does not care who is hurt in the process.  Speaking of the power brokers who create the economic situation in Jamaica, Dr. Lennon says at about the 8:45 point in his talk that "These people are not normal".  Not to simply bicker but to make a point, I would argue that those people are completely normal at the strata of power and wealth and legal corruption that the sociopathic power brokers occupy. And, the way the world works makes it much more likely that the people who achieve the higher, more effective strata of power are much more likely to be people who can act comfortably with a social pathology towards a different socio-economic strata of humanity and to do so in a way  which often transgresses into psychopathy. Bruce Cockburn, in a song from about 25 years ago, makes Dr. Lennon’s same point about the IMF in a more graphic way. 

     

     

     


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