spook of the ozarks

unapologetic liberal

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

We don't get it


I don't want to begrudge the Nobel Peace Prize won last week by the Grameen Bank and its founder, Muhammad Yunus. They deserve it. The Grameen Bank has done more than the World Bank to help the poor, and Yunus has done more than Jimmy Carter or Bono or any philanthropist.
But has he done more good than someone who never got the prize: Sam Walton? Has any organization in the world lifted more people out of poverty than Wal-Mart?

Presumably, the Times columnist knows that you cannot win the prize posthumously (unless you die after the announcement). So is he suggesting that the Nobel committee award it to Wal-Mart? Yes, he is. Go figure.


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