Raise a glass, be of good cheer. Freedom works, and people are much better of because of the liberalisation of the world. You may not have noticed, but the world has improved significantly in the past 20 years, and gives clear guidance on how to continue the progress.
Laissez faire, telle devrait être la devise de toute puissance publique, depuis que le monde est civilisé … Détestable principe que celui de ne vouloir grandir que par l’abaissement de nos voisins! Il n’y a que la méchanceté et la malignité du coeur de satisfaites dans ce principe, et l’intérêt y est opposé. Laissez faire, morbleu! Laissez faire!
Frakonomics has a coincidental article about the troubles of trying to be beneficent without data. The article centres on a recently published book that fairly well demonstrates the ineffective (or highly inefficient) methods of the Millennium Villages Project. It parallels my own meagre attempt and raises an interesting counterpoint to the Peter Singers of the world. The article is worth a read, and if you are into developmental economics the book may be well worth it too. I’m adding it to my list.
I am sure World Food Programme didn’t mean to suggest they would withhold food from a child if a person didn’t take their quiz. In fact I whole heartedly believe they believe they are doing the best possible good in fighting starvation. I believe that most people involved in most charitable action, believe they are doing the best that can possibly be done. Continue reading