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Friday, July 08, 2005
VodkaPundit points to this interview in Der Spiegel as required reading... and I have to agree. It is with an African economist who is not only asking, he's practically begging Western governments to stop giving aid to Africa... and for good reason:
Read the entire interview, and then tell Bono to read it too. Then read this LA Times column (H/T to Instapundit). It's not quite as on the ball, as it mostly blames corrupt governments for the ineffectiveness of aid in Africa, but it makes some good points too.
Unfortunately, the leaders at the G8 Summit didn't listen, and will continue to pour more money into Africa, guaranteeing that the continent will remain destitute.
The way to help Africa out of poverty is very simple. First we need to get the environmental whackos to back off their crazy horse, and allow DDT to be used there to kill mosquitoes and stop Malaria, which is a far worse problem than AIDS in Africa. Then we need to stop flooding their markets with cheap food and clothes so that local farmers and businessmen can stand a chance in their own countries. Finally, we need to open up true free trade their so that they can even export their goods to countries that would buy them. It worked for Asia didn't it? Money isn't the answer... capitalism is.
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