Friday, 16 October 2009
Starving For Freedom
To mark World Food Day, IPN’s Executive Director Julian Morris argues in the Wall Street Journal that famine cannot be defeated by foreign aid and cuts in carbon emissions.
These fallacies, he says, “are echoed by the World Bank, Oxfam, Christian Aid and that bellwether of bad ideas, Gordon Brown.”
History shows that famine was overcome by free trade—leading to specialisation and an end to subsistence farming. Since the 1920s, for example, global deaths from drought-related famines have fallen by 99.9%.
Yet oppressive, socialist governments in Africa have continued to enforce subsistence farming on the least fortunate populations.
The lessons of Nobel Economics Prize-winner Elinor Ostrom must be heeded: property rights and liberal institutions should be allowed to grow from bottom up, not stifled by kleptocrats in receipt of “foreign aid” from misguided Western governments.
Julian Morris IPN in the Wall Street Journal
To put it bluntly Brown is not saving the World, he is condemning Africa to subsistence farming, poverty and starvation.
Aid to Africa comes in two forms food and arms, just enough food to keep people alive and to act as a disincentive for local farmers and traders to grow food, and enough ammunition to keep Africa unstable.