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Consumptionomics by Chandran Nair

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Neither East nor West

The form of this book took a while to emerge. At its heart lies a discussion about the re-emergence of Asia as an economic power, and the dilemma this poses to itself and the world. But as I shared tentative outlines with a few friends, I was often told to make sure what I said could not be attacked or dismissed as an anti-West rant.

These warnings troubled me. Why was it that these people liked the idea of having me air my views, but believed they should warn me about the likely reaction from the elite inhabitants of the well of conventional wisdom? Would it really be so dangerous to draw attention to what was clearly visible not just to me but to any reasonable being? After all, every day of the week it is possible to ...

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