May 25, 2003

Uses for a Palm Pilot

Use 67: Al Fishlow gave a nice commencement speech at the Berkeley International Studies graduation last week. The nice thing about having a Palm is that I could jot down enough notes during it that thereafter I can remember the high points of it:

Commencement Speaker Albert Fishlow:

Delighted to see the growth of international studies...

Profound changes of past 15 years since International Studies was started, changes we need to grasp...

End of socialism, coming of privatization... mixed results from neoliberalism... increasing inequality... interventions... new nations... death of nations: Congo, Liberia, Rwanda...

Technology: cellphones, computers, internet, globalization... biotechnology...

Critical deficiencies in the American economy--failure at saving. Forthcoming dollar decline...

End of closed-economy analysis... We ignore the rest of the world at our peril... Nationalism is the wrong road...

We--the United States--lose interest in foreign affairs very quickly... And our interest is not all that great... The Dutch and Swedes do spend 1% of GDP on foreign aid. We spend 1/10. Will we double our spending on foreign aid, as Bush promised at Monterey? Will the $15 billion promised for global AIDS materialize?...

  • Needed: a new internationalism...
  • Needed: optimism...

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