The White Man’s Burden: Why the West’s Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good

White Man's Burden

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Bill Easterly is an outspoken economist known for his criticism of aid and support of utilizing free markets to advance development. His most recent work, A Tyranny of Experts, criticizes the hampering of the poor’s freedom because of our over-reliance on experts in development. You can stay updated on his current thoughts at twitter.com/bill_easterly.

During the month of August we will read The White Man’s Burden. It is a popular international development book and partly (maybe largely) a response to last month’s read, The End of Poverty. In Chapter 2, Easterly addresses the following tragedy in our quest to end poverty:

It is heartbreaking that global society has evolved a highly efficient way to get entertainment to rich adults and children, while it can’t get twelve-cent medicine to dying poor children. This book is about that second tragedy.

Easterly aims to dismantle Sachs’s theory on the effectiveness of Western aid and convince us that the Planners of the West cannot end poverty. Does he succeed? Looking forward to finding out.

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