|Quoting Slider (reply 6):|
These nations remain poor after decades of BILLIONS in aid. They remain poor not because of a lack of compassion, but because of a lack of CAPITALISM.
You have a valid point... though I don't believe lack of capitalism is the problem... probably too much of it is. Firstly, many of these poor countries have no anti-corruption schemes to curb aid money from ending up in the pockets of corrupt politicians and warlords. Secondly, poor countries' people lack self-dependence. They seem to depend on their governments for everything and just keep popping out babies to make matters worse.
Look at the Japanese, Indians, and Chinese. They all built something out of nothing. All of them went from the "stone age" to the "tech age" in mere decades.
I think this rapid development is also due to heavy government spending on science and engineering educational programs, foreign university scholarships etc. When their children return home from studies abroad they return with new prospectives and better skills to develop their respective nations.
Meanwhile back in various African countries all we see is flies and famine... famine and flies. The more money we shovel into these countries the more they seem to be worst off. I think we should start giving these "financial blackholes" an ultimatum... you better start developing or you could kiss all future assistance goodbye. I'm sick and tired of turning on my television only to save more poor nations from their self-inflicted suffering.
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