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14.11.02

I went to a lecture today on the anti-WTO-et-al movement. The speaker didn't say much that was very new (or very specific). There was a long question-and-answer period afterward. What struck me was that almost nobody questioned his overall attitude toward international free trade policy, despite it being such a controversial issue. Most questions were along the lines of "how should we begin fighting to make the WTO change its policies?" There were only two people who seemed to really question his conclusions -- one person who thought he wasn't anti-capitalist enough, and one (me) whose carefully-prepared question was based on a misunderstanding of an earlier statement about his feelings toward the World Court. I suspect he wouldn't get this kind of a reception at Colgate.

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