November 8, 2017

Alex Epstein, Line One!

If you were asked to name the most immoral thing going on in the world today, you would be hard pressed to come up with a better candidate than the campaign to keep the world's poor in poverty. This campaign usually goes under the banner of "saving the planet" or "sustainability" or something similar. There are times when it feels very lonely out here in the small group pointing out the deep immorality of this campaign. -- Francis Menton

Abstruse headline reference: Epstein wrote The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels [Review Corner]

Oil and Energy Posted by John Kranz at November 8, 2017 2:40 PM

... some of it is actually adverstised under the "end poverty" banner. Google (well, OK, maybe Google is blocking this one, I use DuckDuckGo) "Stop the Aid!" where a western educated Kenyan says that aid to Africa does more harm than good. Ahh, it still exists, and I'm sure it's still true, 12 years later:
http://www.spiegel.de/international/spiegel/spiegel-interview-with-african-economics-expert-for-god-s-sake-please-stop-the-aid-a-363663.html

Posted by: nanobrewer at November 13, 2017 11:43 AM

Thanks for the awesome linked article, nb:

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.

Good thing this doesn't happen with domestic aid! 'Mericans are so much smarter than Africans.

As absurd as it may sound: Development aid is one of the reasons for Africa's problems. If the West were to cancel these payments, normal Africans wouldn't even notice. Only the functionaries would be hard hit. Which is why they maintain that the world would stop turning without this development aid.

Ditto for American functionaries (federal employees and their elected overlords.)

Posted by: johngalt at November 14, 2017 2:54 PM | What do you think? [2]