My latest essay for VNExpress International. The Vietnamese version will be up soon. Here are the first two paragraphs.
In a 1972 book chapter entitled “Conversations with North American Indians,” Alanis Obomsawin said something that applies to every country that has embraced the neoliberal economic order with open arms.
Canada, the most affluent of countries, operates on a depletion economy which leaves destruction in its wake. Your people are driven by a terrible sense of deficiency. When the last tree is cut, the last fish is caught, and the last river is polluted; when to breathe the air is sickening, you will realize, too late, that wealth is not in bank accounts and that you can’t eat money.
While many countries have a depletion economy, I focused on Vietnam because it is the place I have called home for 17 years.
Shalom (שלום), MAA