Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Too true not to link: Chrenkoff talks about World bank functionaries and African aid luminaries warming up to Wolfowitz, including this gem about the right/left dichotomy on aid:
In reality, both sides of politics want to reduce poverty; they differ on means of doing it (wealth transfer versus free market solutions). As far as the developing world is concerned, it's a difference between giving fish and teaching how to fish, or aid and institutional reform. Transparency, democracy, economic reform, free trade - why not give 'em a go.

3 Comments:

Blogger Paul said...

Chrenkoff is much more charitable to the left than they are towards the right. Go try and find a lefty that believes that the right is for open markets and globalization because it will help reduce poverty in Africa. No, you will hear the typical canard about evil big business, obscene profits, poisoning the environment etc. Nevermind that a whole people's living conditions could be their poverty stricken third world mascots! How else would they define the evil of the West?

Given that the only true antidote to poverty is wealth, would it not make sense to pursue those policies that create the most wealth? Only in a sane world apparently.

It's true, the right thinks that the left is wrong. But the left believes the right is evil.

10:27 AM  
Blogger Paul said...

oops, the above should read:

"Nevermind that a whole people's living conditions could see significant improvement. They need their poverty stricken third world mascots! How else.... "

10:47 AM  
Blogger TallDave said...

yeah, the right tends to think, the left tend to emote and then rationalize

11:37 AM  

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