The Point of the Prime Directive

A quote from an expert on the Kenyan economy, James Shikwati:

“As absurd as it may sound: Development aid is one of the reasons for Africa’s problems. If the West were to cancel these payments, normal Africans wouldn’t even notice. Only the functionaries would be hard hit. Which is why they maintain that the world would stop turning without this development aid.”

Star Trek taught me that one. Whenever people try to interfere with developing cultures, we screw things up royally. Even if we have the best of intentions. But we all know what road is paved with good intentions.

SPIEGEL Interview with African Economics Expert: “For God’s Sake, Please Stop the Aid!” – International – SPIEGEL ONLINE – News

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