Teach a man to fish or buy his tyrant a Mercedes


Aidan Hartley, writing in the The Spectator (via The Australian), points out that the effect of Bob Geldof and the Live8 concert will be to increase the supply of Mercedes Benz limousines for African dictators. Nobody really even bothers denying that most aid to Africa (and elsewhere) has been looted. Yet the platitutdes of the send—more—money crowd are hot hooted—down with sufficient scorn.

That's why we need more articles, jokes, movies, and other popular culture on the subject. Aid without reform is worse than a waste. It ios an enabler for tyranny.

Hat tip: Jack Kemp

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