Lenny Glynn

Liquid Freedom

11.11.2004 | Lenny Glynn | International Affairs, NP | 34 Comments
The Bush Administration, which is advancing the virtues of an ownership society in America, has not advanced any creative ideas for using Iraq’s oil to benefit its people directly. Nor has the Allawi government laid out any path away from the regional tradition of state-centered oil paternalism and public clientelism. Yet it is difficult to conceive a policy action that could better clarify what it means to “liberate” Iraq, empower its people, and create real common ground for a national rebirth than reforming the distribution of oil revenue and giving the Iraqi people a real stake in the success of the state. This is as critical to winning the peace in Iraq as land reform was to fostering democracy in post-war Japan.