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Originally posted by mickmeaney
the West can make a real difference in alleviating global
poverty. How realistic are his proposals?"
Originally posted by Obfuscate
Why cant Africa feed themselves?
Why cant people in the Middle East learn how to filter and produce their own drinking water. There are smart enough Arabs to figure this out.
Poverty isnt a problem in the United States.
If African kids are starving, blame their parents.
Im sick of seeing all these starving people in the Middle East or Africa. Have they ever heard of Greenhouse's? Water filtration? Irrrigation? Solar power?
With all their oil or resources, im sure they could of traded by now enough good's to provide for whatever they lack.
So whatever. I think war would be better to kill the adults in these countries. And hopefully save the children.
Originally posted by Thomas Crowne
Africa has allowed itself to fall victim to corrupt socialist governments.
Originally posted by Skadi_the_Evil_Elf
I disagree, Bandit. Rich foreigners would not be able to go in and exploit African nations if corrupt govornments and systems did not allow it.
Originally posted by Skadi_the_Evil_Elf there are two major reasons Africa is a third world nightmare. One is corrupt govornments. The other is lack of education.
Originally posted by spamandham
I must disagree. The only real reason is number 1, African governments. In the most recent ex-nation to blow it's government to hell, Somalia, conditions there are now vastly better than they have ever been before for the average person, and better than most other African states - this only 15 years after a violent and destructive civil war. Anarchy has proven itself a better protector of property rights than a national government was, which is the key to prosperity.
People will educate themselves when they see hope for their future wealth, i.e., when their property rights are secure. They will store up capital to invest in more productive practices when they believe they will benefit from doing so rather than simply having it stolen, or taxed or inflated away.
It's foolish to take a long term perspective when everything you own is constantly at risk; abject poverty is the result. If we really want to help these people, we should drop weapons/ammo across the country side so the masses can defend themselves against warlords and socialist states.
BTW, the vast majority of the "poor" in the US are on average 30+ pounds overweight, have two TVs, air conditioning, and some access to medical care. They are better off than most royalty of the past. None of these innovations would have been achieved without secure property rights, i.e. capitalism.