Say that your province or region suddenly becomes an independent country -- with recognition from the United Nations and all. After the celebrations end, and the celebrities leave, the real decision-making begins.
Individual by individual, an anti-corruption wave is growing within Indian civil society. In recent months, people from all sectors of Indian society have said 'enough is enough' and, each in their own way, are doing something about it.
Whether the American Jobs Act ultimately passes or is killed in Congress by the GOP, simply having the debate about the role government should play in the economy is critically important on the eve of the 2012 elections.
Over the past few weeks, turmoil in the mining industry has also spoken to the divide between the corporate elite and the impoverished multitudes--a faultline running through communities mired in poverty but rich in resources.
The provisions of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) are still under wraps, but the general outline seems to mimic NAFTA and similar pacts that have brought political and economic turmoil to rich and poor countries alike.
Absolute power corrupts absolutely, and in a world where the gap between the powerful and powerless grows wider each day, corruption in political and economic institutions spreads much faster than shame.
What has gotten lost in all of this partisan sturm und drang is any sensitivity to the day-to-day needs of the tens of millions of Americans who are being devastated by the effects of the "trickle down" economic policies that were hatched by Reagan.
The dangers of an increasingly globalized supply chain for food and drugs are already visible. With imports and scandals rising, and government funding decreasing, the FDA will have to focus their limited resources to protect public health.