The Role of the Critic (and an appropriate response)

Throughout history there have been those who argued against the status quo; who railed against the dominant paradigm; who were willing to point out that the emperor had no clothes. These range from Socrates, Isaiah and others anciently to Marx and Chomsky more recently to current political characters like Hugo Chavez and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The question I pose is: how do we react to the words of the Critic?

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Who’s land is it?

Bolivia president Evo Morales announced that he has initiated a program fundamental to his victory in late 2005. He promised indigenous Bolivians that if elected, he would redistribute farm land to them. This weekend, the program got underway with Morales giving state-owned land to indigenous communities. Privately-owned, non-productive farm land is next.

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