I remember these streetcars in Prague in 1992 looking very much as they looked here. The only difference is that in 1992 the occasional streetcar would be painted as a giant ad for M&Ms, or Skittles. Capitalism was on the march.
In these pages White portrays the entire system in the eastern bloc as on the decline economically, despite enormous gains earlier (after WWII). One might fairly ask though, if we look at economic growth in the US at the same time, don’t we see a similar story?
I’m no economist but the numbers of growth in the US are generally under 10% and often under 5%. What is the difference? White offer up a few clues. Did you pick them up?
Secondly, in the chapter on “Change” it is so interesting to read this story now when so much potential change appears to be happening in the Middle East. Is Libya going to turn out like Romania? Is Egypt more like Hungary or CZ? Those sorts of comparisons might provide some really interesting analysis in today’s world. I’ll try to look for my ’92 visit to Prague pictures tonight. Maybe I can bring a few in for show & tell.