I stopped posting NYT columns a long time ago, but today’s piece by Paul Krugman is directly relevant to our recent conversations. Krugman says this disaster is in part the fault of a free-market, no-regulation mentality fostered by Milton Friedman and taken to dizzying new heights by the Bush administration. Yes, China and others may be exporting bad food, but in the past there was a far greater likelihood of it not reaching your supermarket shelf. You can read the entire piece here. (Word file.)
Richard Burger is the author of Behind the Red Door: Sex in China, an exploration of China's sexual revolution and its clash with traditional Chinese values.