The New York Connection

Thursday, May 12, 2005


UN and NYC

New York Denizen Peter Daou's UN Dispatch is on a lonely battle. Despite overwhelming support for the UN on the part of the American public (favorability/unfavorability rating is something 57%-14%), the organized opposition is quite strong. They are a curious mix of isolationists and aggressive empire-builders who despise any institution with the power to dissent from the increasingly imperial course that we're on.

New Yorkers should care, if only because the UN just gave a middle finger to us by not moving to the former World Trade Center site, instead choosing Brooklyn. If we want to continue as the world's capital, with all the economic and cultural benefits that accrue from attracting the world's best in art, finance, technology, culture, etc, we might want to start helping out lonely fighters like Peter.

2 Comments:

At 11:58 AM, Anonymous Allison L said...

Hey Manhattan isn't the entire city. Brooklyn's just another borough, not the end of the world.

Then again I suffer from the Long Island vs. The City complex, so perhaps I'm biased.

 
At 12:02 PM, Blogger Matt Stoller said...

Fair enough.

What I should have said is that this could be a prelude to the UN pulling out its infrastructure from New York and spending less in the city. Why put down stakes?

 

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