YEARS AGO January 1998
"At the risk of simplifying a complex story (if only by reducing it to two players), the bottom line is this: Apple acted-and continues to act-like a smug, self-righteous monopolist. Microsoft acted--and continues to act--like a scrambling, sometimes vicious competitor."
"China's dictatorship will corrode with the drip of free trade water torture far faster than by ill-fated attempts at isolation."
THOMAS WINSLOW HAZLETT
"The 30th anniversary of Che's death occasioned a fistful of adulatory reminiscences here and abroad....Unsurprisingly, the legends surrounding Che--including the inevitable one that he escaped death-shroud a mundane legacy of failure. As Castro's one-time top economic planner, he helped preside over the demise of the Cuban economy. And his subsequent attempts to foment revolution in Africa and South America failed miserably. That history may explain why, in eulogizing her father, Guevara's 36-year-old daughter could only sum up his life thusly: 'In this moment, the entire world remembers a man who was very much alive."'
YEARS AGO January 1988
'"Over the years, the Japanese, unimpeded by the huge costs of defending themselves (as long as the United States will do it for free), have built a strong and vibrant economy....We are supporting--we are literally supporting-Japan....It's time for us to end our vast deficits by making Japan, and others who can afford it. pay.' So says New York real estate magnate Donald Trump."
ROBERT W. POOLE JR.
"Why Not A Rearmed Japan?"
"The greatest economic change of the past century is the declining number of farm workers--from 53 percent of the work force in 1870 to 11.8 percent in 1950 to just 2.7 percent today. These workers found better, more productive jobs--and so will displaced manufacturing workers, if we only allow markets to work."
"Meet the New Left, Same as the Old"
"Morley, an effervescent woman whose sole source of income is rent from the other half of the duplex and a small unit in the back of the house, was hardly comforted when [Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency] staff member Diana Webb assured her that redevelopment wouldn't reach her neighborhood for another 20 years. 'I told her I would be around for more than 20 years and at that age would not want my home to be taken by eminent domain,' Morley said in a sworn...