You speak of being disturbed. I confess that it always disturbs me when people put words in my mouth and then ask me to defend them or disavow them. I have nowhere said that “corporate expansion” is one of the goals of the Peace Corps. Nor have I anywhere said or implied that Peace Corps volunteers are expected to integrate the communities in which they work to “the American Way.'”
You say that you’re “expected to encourage development on a grass roots level.” I don’t doubt that for a moment. On the contrary, it’s exactly my point. We want everyone in the world to be engaged in “development” (newspeak for exploiting natural resources to human advantage). And, judging from what you say, the Peace Corps is helping us realize this goal—with the best of intentions (of that I have no doubt).
updated: 14 Jul 2003