Re: William Easterly on Africa

"I don't think the West is going to achieve the end of poverty in Africa, like Jeff Sachs does. I think Africans are going to achieve the end of poverty in a homegrown way."


Professor Easterly is absolutely. Economic principles work in Africa just as well as they do everywhere else in the world. The West just needs to stop meddling and quietly encourage the institutions vital to a proper economy -- things like property rights, rule of law, and limited government. But if we continue to charge into the third world with a feel-good "big push," at our side, we'll only continue to harm some of the most miserable people in the world.

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  • The results indicated that European onshore wind farms could supply the whole world with electricity from now until 2050.
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Scientists make an important discovery for the future of computing.

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You want one. Now you may be able to survive one.


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