Those who know me in real life know the deep political and intellectual aversion I have for nationalist discourses and nationalist feelings. These stem from a million of reasons that I won't get into in this post. However, I will make an exception to thrashing the idea of the nation in this post, and instead, I will actually celebrate the island where I was born and spent the first 18 years of my life: Mauritius!
A professor at Trent just sent me this article, "The Greatest Country on Earth: What the United States can learn from the tiny island nation of Mauritius." Read by clicking here.
Of course, it got me wondering: if I could be at home where I would attend university for free, why the hell am I piling up debts writing a thesis out here?! :S
"Suppose someone were to describe to you a small country that provided free education through university for all of its citizens, transportation for school children, and free health care—including heart surgery—for all. You might suspect that such a country is either phenomenally rich or on the fast track to fiscal crisis. . . ."