Angela Mitropoulos on Sun, 6 Feb 2011 15:44:54 +0100 (CET)

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Re: <nettime> Hernando de Soto: Egypt's Economic Apartheid (WSJ)

Thank you for this Amy. And I was also thinking that I was giving too 
much credence to any distinction between de Soto's property titling 
programmes and those which come with overtly normative and/or punitive 
policies (such as the Intervention in AU - ie., effective bans on 
pornography, alcohol, welfare income management, heteronormativity, etc).

What could be more normative than faith in money? It presupposes and 
installs - whatever the abstraction - so much in the way of behaviour, 
connection, boundaries, legitimacy and the future.

On this note, I might add that I think the distinction between Hayekian 
"self-organisation" (by which Hayek meant a state which 'only' 
intervened to protect property and contract) and that of the 
authoritarian planner state that Brian Holmes indicates has never been 
in evidence. The most obvious example being Hayek's involvement in 
Pinochet's Chile. And perhaps the entire history of neo-/liberalism.

In any event, just as here in AU de Soto's politics have arrived replete 
with Lutheran moralism, I can just as easily see an Islamic variant of 
asset-based welfare being advanced from some quarters.

best, Angela

On 6/02/2011 2:18 AM, Amy Kapczynski wrote:

> In this same vein, some may also be interested in an empirical study
> by Di Tella and others, about the implications of Peru's titling
> program on the worldview of those who were granted title.

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