Romanian Notes A Western View
The idea of representing a western view of Romania is a both fraught and freighted. Fraught, because whose business is it to interfere in another country, least of all that of and English economist? Freighted because we have ‘history’ in this regard. The reason for making the claim is to evidence that a ‘western’ view does not have to be interventionist and manipulative, using a counry to one’s own ends. It can be a genuine endeavour to ask what that country is seeking to become, the more so when it has been as oppressed as Romania. Asking what it wants to become, rather than influencing what the answer will be by its use of imported capital and preying on the idea many have of the West as some kind of benign paragon.