Watching an episode of Anthony Bourdain’s mis-adventures - this time in Vietnam - and what strikes me as most meaningful is the presence of subcutaneous fat. This single observation, even amid the current economic mess, makes me oddly hopeful. Vietnam - as an after-effect of the American war there - suffered a measure of neglect. In spite of that neglect, with the current and continuing global surplus of capital, Vietnam is resurging. The folk presenting Vietnam to Anthony look more a member of the current well-fed global generation, at least more than I expected.

If the global economic surplus of productivity is enough to lift once-abused places like Vietnam, it seems like we could solve almost any problem.