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June 14, 2008


having a ball in Chotusice

I remember the 1970s. When my babi would go back to visit Czechoslovakia she'd bring calculators,
bubblegum, and blue jeans--items scarcely to be had behind the Iron Curtain. Thirty years later, the Czechs
have achieved total jeans victory. That's globalization for you. Also globalized at this keg party in a public
park was the supermarket food, pop music, and corporate logos some people wore. Swoosh! Everything's going global,
including the next war. When the economy goes soft, the big boys bring on the bombs. That's what makes them so hard.