Globalisering II: Når de fattige bliver rige får de rige problemer

Verden er ved at gå ad Helvede til: Fattigdom, manglende rent drikkevand, terror, oliepriser, hiv/aids, isen på Nordpolen (eller er det Sydpolen nu om dage?) smelter (Lomborg er uenig heri) etc.

Men nogle gange går det også godt!

I mange år har man (det vil sige os – I-landende – De Rige – kært barn har mange navne) snakket om, at der skal mere gang i hjulene i U-landene, så fattigdommen kan sænkes og levestandarder og bruttonationalprodukter kan vokse. Fattigdommen i den såkaldte Tredje Verden har ligget os meget på sinde i mange år – og det er vel egentligt meget humant.

neger.jpgDen traditionelle tilgangsvinkel til problemløsning i disse lande har bestået af en kombination af marxistisk antropologi og en gennemplanlagt og styret økonomi – og så en ordenlig bunke “foreign aid” (og lån) fra andre lande.

Denne styreform (læs: ideologi) virkede ikke i Sovjetunionen, der igennem hele sin levetid var et tredjeverdensland. Indien og Kina valgte derimod at gå IMF’s vej i takt med at velfærden steg: Den private ejendomsret (der danner grundlaget for en hvilken som helst form for frihed) vandt (og vinder) frem i disse lande…

Konsekvensen heraf omtaler David Friedman på sin blog:

As poor and hungry people get less poor, they get less hungry. With enough food to survive no longer a problem, some of them get fat. Voila—the growth of global obesity. It was brought to my attention by a radio interview with an expert who attributed the problem to increased consumption of vegetable oils and sugars. For some reason he didn’t mention the obvious relation between increasing real income and increasing consumption, or that some of the increased calories whose consumption he deplored were being consumed by people who needed them.

Nor is that the only problem. As the Chinese get richer they, naturally enough, want more stuff—consume more raw materials, oil, power. Voila—new worries for those who are afraid we are about to run out of everything, either just before or just after we roast or drown. I have not yet heard any of them wishing aloud that the Chinese and Indians would go back to poverty and starvation, but that seems at least a muted subtext to the complaints.

Some of the concern may be legitimate, although it requires a serious effort to see the problems of too much food as comparable to those of too little. More can be attributed to ideological hostility to capitalism—people unwilling to recognize its striking success in dealing with old problems and so eager to focus on new problems created by that success.

And some is just the human taste for gloom.
Læs det hele på: Some Folk Are Never Satisfied – hvorfra jeg også – mere eller mindre – har hugget indledningen til dette indlæg 🙂 Ups… Nu kommer hele den kreative klasse nok efter mig.

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