Ethiopian Request for Food Aid Comes as OxFam Proposes Long-Term Famine Prevention

Here. The human race, generally, tends not to want to act in its long-term best interests, reacting to emergencies rather than proactively avoiding or planning for them. So, it’s anybody’s guess as to whether OxFam will be heeded. But the fact is that drought need not lead to famine, as tragically, it so often has in Ethiopia and elsewhere.

[This is being crossposted at my personal blog.]

Author: MARK DANIELS

4 Comments

  1. “The human race, generally, tends not to want to act in its long-term best interests, reacting to emergencies rather than proactively avoiding or planning for them.”

    ???

    This is psychology at the personal (individual) level, and isn't of value (and is highly misused) for anything beyond that scope. Not only with naive faith (formative United Nations and before it, League of Nations) to avoid or prevent strife and conflict and suffering, and supra-national and world government, but since the 1960s as a false pretext (a false rationalization) for authoritarian economic and social policy.

    Ironically, since the 1960s this has been used by leftists to argue against development, though the obvious solution here is development (it was known a century ago or more), as the BBC story itself makes clear.

  2. The problem is war and conflict. It was twenty years ago and it is now. The drought only exacerbates the problem. The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has been in the region for decades but development requires investment by the rich nations. Unfortunately the UN has been under funded, especially from the United States during periods of Conservative power. Civil wars, war with Eritrea and war along the Somali border areas have prevented prosperity and caused migration away from traditional tribal lands.

    Liberals have NEVER argued against development, rather for it. Unfortunately Conservatives refuse to fund what they spuriously argue for. Capitalists do not care for people unless forced to by law and government power. Social justice is never a consideration during their exploits.

    Capitalists have been invited many times to the region for “development”, but refuse to consider human social considerations for their exploitations, which would require long term investment.

  3. As a follow-up: I had had a suspicion that this was merely another weasely advance of the “global warming” political idiocy, and last night, on the BBC (which also discussed Oxfam, incidentally), there were numerous stories on this degenerate theme, that these current kinds of problems are from global warming, and that (naturally) the USA in particular needs to take “positive measures” [sic] against it and present such a position prior to the meeting in Copenhagen. Yes, Seventies “food crisis” propaganda-pretext for interventionism and deliberate self-harm by the West gets recycled — godawful “sustainability.”

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