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August 13, 2012

With all the hype surrounding the Olympics the past two weeks, a lot seems to have been missed and/or pushed out of public consciousness. One of those things is Mitt Romney’s comments at a fundraiser in Israel in which he equated wealthiness with superiority and suggested that Israeli culture is part of what’s allowed them to be more economically successful than the Palestinians, just as the US’s superior culture is what’s allowed us to be more economically successful than Mexico.

Besides illustrating his (and the Republican Party’s) belief that wealth is the supreme measure of all things, it completely ignores some inconvenient truths, such as the role Israeli policies have negatively impacted the growth of the Palestinian economy, from its blockade of Gaza (an area smaller than Portland, OR, with twice the population) via its almost complete control over Gaza’s borders, airspace, and territorial waters to its occupation of the West Bank, replete with over 500 roadblocks and checkpoints obstructing Palestinian movement.

By implying that wealth in terms of higher GDP per capita is a sign of superior culture, regardless of things like regional hegemony, Romney betrays his belief in Thrasymachian justice, which is nothing but ‘the advantage of the stronger’ (Republic, 338c).


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