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Twilight-Cedar
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posted 08 January 2002 09:53 PM      Profile for Twilight-Cedar        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Thomas Walkom in the Star warns of the dangers should Canada adopt a policy of dollarization. While going that route seems silly when our dollar sits at around 62 or 63 cents American, Walkom's argument leaves out an important point. Corruption (ie. bribery and graft) is a far larger part of the Argentinian economy than the Canadian one. Also, strangely extravangant health care (ie. allowing free (elective) cosmetic surgery on the Health Plan) is a major difference between the two economies.

[Try www.makeashorterlink.com , Twilight. And I'm going to move this to "news".]

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Michelle
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posted 09 January 2002 01:27 AM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I'm trying to figure out how this relates to feminism...
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clockwork
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posted 09 January 2002 01:46 AM      Profile for clockwork     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Well, the socio-political undercurrents which underpin Argentine society created the problems for which the currency peg was supposed to rectify. Since the inherent problems within the national boundaries were not addressed specifically when the dollar policy was imposed, it should have been obvious from the start that this approach was doomed to failure. And, of course, the main societal differences between Argentina and the economically successful states of the North happen to lie in their treatment of woman. Had a strong feminist critique been available to the country pre-currency peg, this errant policy may never have been insti…
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DrConway
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posted 09 January 2002 03:29 AM      Profile for DrConway     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
How bout we jes get this thread moved, eh?
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Michelle
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posted 09 January 2002 08:46 AM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Hee hee. Clockwork, you should go out next Hallowe'en as a professor.
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jeff house
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posted 09 January 2002 11:40 PM      Profile for jeff house     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
When I was in Graduate school in the 1970s, it was a staple of instruction that Canada's and Argentina's economies had broad parallels which meritted attention.

In about 1980, the New York Review of Books had a special discussion about parallels between Canada's economy and that of Argentina. So, Walkom hardly invented this!

Of course there are differences between the two economies; NAFTA access to the US market places Canada in a better position than Argentina for exporting to the US.

The "elective surgery" referred to above (and I have not yet confirmed this with Argentine friends) can be no more than the tiniest part of GNP or state expenditure, anyway. It is like worrying about Canada's expenses for matches or toasters.

By the way, I will try to get to the event in Toronto this Friday, (see the activities page), as the people mentioned really know something about the topic. I would love to see local Babblers there!


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