Obama’s Speech and Indonesia Today

I have nothing to do with the ongoing US Presidential Election. I don’t think the fundamentals will change, in American foreign policy, if Obama wins the election. There will be change in strategy —The Republics is taking the “pre-emptive” stance and The Democrats the “diplomatic” stance; the hawk vs. the dove— but the value (capitalism) and method (neocolonialism) have been carved in stone.

Obama’s speech, however, addressed a problem that Indonesia faces today.

[…] We measure the strength of our economy not by the number of billionaires we have or the profits of the Fortune 500, but by whether someone with a good idea can take a risk and start a new business, or whether the waitress who lives on tips can take a day off to look after a sick kid without losing her job – an economy that honours the dignity of work. […]

This seems to have been the case in my beloved Indonesia. The magic numbers measuring economic growth tickle me so as if they are out of this world with no firm footing in reality.

We’ve been reduced to mere numbers.



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