Sunday, October 11, 2009

Kasparov, the Freedom Fighter

Nearly missed this one. It's Kasparov appearing on CNN just a few days ago. Kasparov: "Fighting for freedom in my country is the most important thing now".

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rjsolcruz said...

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it's about a luneta chess hustler and hs students betting near rizal monument.

log on to and vote for it as it is one way of us promoting chess.

Data-Success said...

You've got to love Kasparov. The sacrifice he's making by leaving the chess world and entering politics is incredibly virtuous. He is a great man.

ejh said...

Oh, please. He made no great sacrifice (however psychologically difficult it may have been) by leaving competitive chess at the top, when he'd he'd achieved everything he could possibly achieve and the only way was down.

As for entering politics - there's more to politics than simply opposing authoritarian governments, admirable though that is. There's also the question of what economic policies you wish to follow and what figures you are associated with, and in Kasparov's case he's associated with policies and figures which, rightly or wrongly, are blamed by many Russians for the economic collapse - not to mention wholesale looting of resources - their country underwent in the Nineties (and which led directly to the rise of Putin).

None of this gets much attention in the West, but then again Russia correspondents at the time were far more interested in counting how many new McDonald's they could see in Moscow than recording the startling decline in life expectancy that occurred among poorer sections of the population. A lot of Russians noticed though, and so did Joseph Stiglitz, whose criticisms of the process form a sizeable part of his bestselling book. It's fair to say he doesn't like Ken Rogoff much.