Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Holy crap. I just found my twin... And he's black!

More than worth the read. http://service.spiegel.de/cache/international/spiegel/0,1518,363663,00.html The Kenyan economics expert James Shikwati, 35, says that aid to Africa does more harm than good. A few snippets of Mr. Shikwati, his views on Africa, and how our overwhelming Bob Geldolfian desire to assist this poor, miserable stink-hole, has hurt and held back Africa from achieving and attaining a place on the world stage. Listen up you freaking libs. This guy knows what he's talking about. (Just don't tell anyone that he is a plant for the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy)

SPIEGEL: Do you have an explanation for this paradox? (On why so much money does so little good) Shikwati: Huge bureaucracies are financed (with the aid money), corruption and complacency are promoted, Africans are taught to be beggars and not to be independent. In addition, development aid weakens the local markets everywhere and dampens the spirit of entrepreneurship that we so desperately need. (SNIP) SPIEGEL: ...The industrialized nations of the West want to eliminate hunger and poverty. Shikwati: ...Such intentions have been damaging our continent for the past 40 years... SPIEGEL: What are the Germans supposed to do? Shikwati: If they really want to fight poverty, they should completely halt development aid and give Africa the opportunity to ensure its own survival. Currently, Africa is like a child that immediately cries for its babysitter when something goes wrong. Africa should stand on its own two feet. Read more at the URL above. Out of everyone I've heard speak on this subject, both liberal and Conservative, I don't think I've heard anyone with such an open and brilliant mind that is attuned to the problem, and not simply looking to throw money away.


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