common sense – it’s rare

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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