Indonesian Dilemma: Social Justice vs. Growth.

by Guy J. Pauker

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Since 1966 Indonesia has pursued--and to some extent accomplished--a rational policy of economic stabilization and development. Today these achievements are threatened by the growing gap between rich and poor and the leaders' conflicting goals of full economic growth or full social justice. The government's dilemma is that it cannot provide social justice either by increasing the share of GNP distributed among the poverty-stricken masses or by forcing the elite, on whose support it depends, to reduce their consumption. Published in the [Los] [Angeles Times], February 28, 1974. 4 pp.

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