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Cambodia is the only country in the modern era to have had money, had that money abolished, and then had money reinstated. Shiller, in the article mentioned previously, mentioned - without detail - that Marxist Communism supported the idea of societies without money. This, of course, is correct. But I should emphasise that Marx went further than just support the abolition of money. In fact, this was central to Marxism.
The Yellow River is to China what the Mekong is to Southeast Asia: both the origin and the prop of civilisation, providing water and agricultural land to nurture a growing society. While the Mekong is thought of with affection and gratitude as the “Mother of Waters”, however, the Yellow River has always been feared and distrusted.
While wishing everyone the best for the Pchum Ben holiday - let's see what the Middle Kingdom has been up to in the Kingdom of Wonder as of late...
Modern Western ideas concerning the purpose and practice of politics are threaded through with assumptions and concepts developed during the Enlightenment, and primary among these is the vision of the state as a kind of formalised protection racket.
It is time to catch up with most recent news from Vietnam!
Cambodia's National Commercial Arbitration Center has successfully settled its first two cases. This is an important milestone for the NCAC and for building successful institutions in Cambodia. It also provides a homegrown alternative to Cambodia’s court system.
From the perspective of political economy, the realities of contemporary Anlong Veng make perfect sense – Douglass North’s famous statement about the “stickiness” of institutions, both formal and informal. At the same time, however, it raised the question of the current state of societal trust in Cambodia and the impacts thereof as to economic development.
Some news updates of significance from the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam.
The Khmer Rouge communists continued to wage a protracted low-intensity battle by targeting lines of communication and other economic targets as a tactic to terrorize the people and undermine any faith they might have in the ability of the PRK regime to protect them. They also employed a combination of tactics such as propaganda, bribery, intimidation, torture and outright execution of PRK officials.
Not the busiest week up in the PDR, but we did note a few things.
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