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Thoughts on Visiting the OECD

-- Bradford DeLong (, May 04, 2000


We'll have to talk about Paris sometime but for now look at this site. After your "peaceful" comment in the thought of the week column I had to gasp a bit. Peaceful within the city limits perhaps but the real action is in the "banlieu" or the 'burbs (nothing lilke our version of the 'burbs). Also it's not reported here but nightly in any one of the major cities in France there are car burnings and major acts of violence.

-- Chris M. MEISSNER (meissner@econ.Berkeley.EDU), May 04, 2000.

I just added myself to your list, and it was something of a treat to read your description of Paris, particularly since I was in Paris for one night, Sat., 3/18 after reading the attached paper at an international symposium on Joan Robinson. Since the symposium was in Dunkerque, thoughts of the War were on my mind and I too found myself thinking that this wonderful city-I had never visited it previously-had been in Nazi hands six decades ago. (Dunkerque is something to see as well; it appears never really to have recovered from the war and reminds me somewhat of my hometown of Youngstown, Ohio, which has never recovered from the closing of the steel mills).

I'm not an economist, but a philosopher who is very interested in economics. The paper will doubtless convey something of both my interest in and ignorance of economics, but I had the great good fortune to spend considerable time in Dunkerque with Geoff Harcourt and with Christina Marcuzzo and Claudio Sardoni of the University of Rome. I'm looking to keep learning, however, and you can probably assist me.

In any event, it was nice to stumble upon your web page-I think it was while searching from info. on David Landes' new book.

Larry Udell

Department of Philosophy West Chester University West Chester, PA 19383

-- Udell, I. Larry (, May 04, 2000.

A beautifully written essay. But you were visiting the rich club. To which one grinchly feels obliged to say:

Kosovo Chechnya sub-saharan Africa etc....

And don't get me started on air, water & soil contamination

-- Michael Froomkin - U.Miami School of Law (, May 04, 2000.

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