Thursday, October 14, 2010

Patronizing Bromides

The Orang Asli, the aboriginal people of Malaysia, are engaged in a fight for survival within an Islamic state that plans to enact a law depriving them of all their territory, economic independence, and possibly religious freedom. Ironically, all the patronizing bromides about the benefits of modern development emanating from the Muslim theocracy mirror those of neoliberal states worldwide. Part of the conventional cover story for states in converting the property of nations.

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