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Do Embargoes Work?
Economics Professor Doug Irwin, who runs the Political Economy Project and does just about everything else that you could expect from a fine professor/scholar/author/public servant/all around nice guy, has penned for the Wall Street Journal the most intelligent commentary that I have seen regarding President Obama’s Cuba initiative:
The only lacuna in his piece regards those nations whose political systems we have abhorred, but whom we decided not to embargo. I’m thinking of the Soviet Union and the rest of the erstwhile East Bloc, along with the various right-wing dictatorships that used to dot the globe. As Burton Yale Pines of the Heritage Foundation pointed out in the early 1990’s at an Aspen Institute meeting that I attended with Professor John Rassias, when we conducted commerce and allowed our citizens to visit these regressive countries, the end result was that virtually all of them now have free-market economies and a freer form of government than they did in the first few decades of the post-WWII era.
However, those nations whom we scorned, and whom we have tried over the years to harass into changing their form of government by using trade and travel embargoes — Cuba, China, North Korea, North Vietnam and Laos — are, to a man, still controlled by Communist/totalitarian governments.
Our Republican Congress would do well to heed the lessons of history and lift the legislatively-enacted elements of our embargo against Cuba.
Addendum: The College’s Dartmouth Now website has compiled the views of various College professors on the lifting of Cuba sanctions.
Addendum: As I have mentioned in the past, the Political Economy Project is the most interesting academic initiative currently taking place at the College. PEP will fund and oversee a dozen courses in the current academic year — courses that would not have been taught but for PEP’s alumni funding — in addition to organizing dinners, reading groups, and visiting speakers. If you want to provide a stocking-stuffer to PEP this holiday season, I can’t think of a better charitable contribution. Please e-mail Doug Irwin directly.
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
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