common sense – it’s rare

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May 24, 2008 by juniorannex

For years we have been fed mindless pap via our dinosaurs about failed states and how if only we would allow the likes of fluffy bunny Layton and his ilk to give the suffering folks a big group hug and tonnes of cash (preferably extracted from the western middle classes) we could solve poverty and everyone would be instantly healthy and cavorting in their backyard pools.   You know, the tired old saw about how ‘terrorism’ and root causes in poverty and all that rubbish.

Then along comes a breath of fresh air – in the form of Asraf Ghani, to clarify things.  And guess what?  Apparently simple things like the rule of law, enforcement of contracts and stamping out corruption have a far greater impact than sending in platoons of U.N. bureaucrats at $1500 a day to tell the poor unfortunates how to dig themselves out of their mess. 

Anyway, once you have finished reading the article, go and get his book.


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Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron'scruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. C.S. Lewis


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