I think we should put this on the other main pre law boards so it gets more hits.
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Let's just say, hypothetically, that I could complete the JD/MBA in three years without sacrificing my summers for summer school. I would still get valuable work experience during my 1L and 2L summers and still complete both degrees in three years. Would it be worth it?
« on: July 08, 2005, 11:23:39 AM »
You should check this book out:
"Kicking Away the Ladder: Development Strategy in Historical Perspective"
It's main point is that now that developed countries have removed (most of) their protectionist policies that helped them grow, and embraced intellectual property rights as critical to encouraging innovation, they now impress the same on developing countries. Needless to say, when developed countries were at the same stage of development as the now developing countries, it was an anything goes type of mentality.
Sure, what China is doing may not be "fair," but it really depends on whose perspective you're looking at it from now doesn't it?
« on: July 08, 2005, 05:44:54 AM »
Globalism is not a panacea as professed by some economic pundits whom are largely responsible for this trend toward instability within the US economy. The resulting codependency amongst countries does not necessarily mean that they will not be hostile toward each other. In fact, they might become more hostile, since their basic needs are now obtained from within the borders of the other country.
A contrarian view...
"Economics also made a great difference. If two countries were highly interdependent (their mutual trade accounted for a substantial portion of their GNPs), they were again about two-and-a-half times less likely to have a military dispute than if they traded little or at all. This was an even greater disincentive than simply being wealthy, and the reasons are pretty clear. If we bomb the cities or factories of a close trading partner--where we also are likely to have heavy private investments--we are bombing our own markets, suppliers, and even the property of our own nationals"
« on: July 08, 2005, 05:42:53 AM »
Buying UnoCal does not instantly scream they own our oil supply. I never stated that. But it strongly signals the fact that China is out to buy oil companies rather than be a nation dependant on other country's oil. And the scary thing is that they have all the money they need to buy whatever oil companies come their way.
You didn't say it but your post certainly seemed a bit hysterical ("and is now positioning itself to purchase one of our largest oil companies, UniCal...watch out!" and "Yep, in about 25 years, we will all be speaking Chinese."). Also, don't the resolutions passed by the house and strong outcry against the deal on nat'l security grounds indicate to you that the deal more than likely will not go through, and that buying "whatever oil companies come their way" isn't such an easy proposition?
I advise all who have more than a passing interest in the labor conditions here to come to China and speak to a few Chinese people. Many will tell you that conditions in foreign-owned factories are much better than Chinese ones. They don't measure up to western standards, but neither do a heck of a lot of things in this country.
(With respect to American companies coming here and not subscribing to labor laws of their home country....why would they!? That's one of the reasons for coming here in the first place, (similar to incorporating in Delaware or the Bahamas to reduce taxes) to increase profits. I'm not saying it's right, but they're corporations, and are acting like corporations. As consumers, we are free to take our business elsewhere....)
« on: July 06, 2005, 11:52:22 PM »
The mere fact that China is one of the largest violators of human/labor rights should be cause enough for not doing trade or business with China, not to mention the fact that the US has vowed to stand up to countries who oppress and deny basic rights to its people. Throw in that Chinia owns 75% of our nation's debt, and is now positioning itself to purchase one of our largest oil companies, UniCal...watch out!
1. Technically they're not in violation of anything because they don't have these rights/laws on the books. Also, many Chinese would argue that if there was a list of priorities, they'd prefer to fulfill their basic needs by being able to afford food and other necessities, rather than speak out against their government. As long as their incomes are increasing, they do not mind the current state of affairs.
2. "Japan has $700B of accumulated Treasuries, and China $200B." from http://www.safehaven.com/article-3097.htm.
That's hardly 75%
3. Unocal is the 9th largest oil company in the States. One of the largest yes, but ninth doesn't exactly scream oh my god they're going to control our oil supply.