DOWN WITH ANY ELITE
There are two worlds
June 6 2006
Education: They say that India is
economically booming but about half of the population is illiterate.
Just as the eliteworld is not a geographical entity, special places in the massworld are reserved for richer masspeople.
About the intertwining of mass- and eliteworld I gave some examples in my Letter “Where is the eliteworld?”. You hardly find masspeople in first class compartments in planes or in luxurious beds in five stars hotels.
I wonder why masspeople
accept that some humans reserve part of our beautiful world for
themselves. In our world many people find that elitepeople have
the right on apart places. But I see not much difference with the
South-African Apartheid (a Dutch word by the way) where many
places were reserved for white people.
Some masspeople seem to have a higher status and get therefore better medical attention. In a relatively poor country as Thailand the Bumrungrad Hospital is leading a growing list of private hospitals in Bangkok. In 2005 it attracted 400.000 international patients. You may guess how many poor Thais were treated. This medical enclave in a Third World country is reserved for the well-to-do of other countries. Not only Westerns but also rich Arabs. These people went in the past to the USA for medical treatment but after 9-11 the attendance in Bangkok grew from 5000 prior to this incident to 70.000 in 2005.
For Arabs it is fairly
difficult to enter the USA. The USA advocates freedom and democracy
but is building a system to control even the smallest details of the
life of common people (and foreigners are treated different than
The rich live in a different
world. They have possibilities to avoid the controls. It is always
the common citizen that is targeted. The richer people have
sanctuaries where they can live their prosperous, safe and
Yours, truly, Joost van Steenis
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