I see that Irish PM Brian Cowen has declared that it was “nothing short of scandalous”
that there are over 860 million hungry people in the world today. Mr
Cowen was speaking at a UN summit in New York today called
by UN secretary general Ban Ki-Moon to reaffirm commitments to
achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015.
“We do not need to make further pledges if
we just deliver on what we have already promised,” he told the
assembled world leaders. “The commitments and the know-how are
already there. It is the political will and action that will make the
difference in the fight against hunger,” he added. Before the summit, Mr Cowen presented the
Government’s Hunger Task Force report to Mr Ban. He was accompanied by
some members of the taskforce including Minister for Agriculture Joe
Walsh, economist Jeffrey Sachs and Bono.
It never ceases to amaze me how posturing politicans (and in this case their egomaniac pop star cronies) like to lecture us on the world’s poor with the suggestion that if ONLY we throw more money at them, all will be better.
The truth is that poverty is most frequently associated with a lack of freedom. It is those nations that have autocrats, theocrats and tyrants ruling over them that suffer the greatest poverty. It is endemic political corruption that causes so much misery in these lands. Cowen and the rest of the pious get it wrong. The best solution to poverty is liberty, capitalism, property rights and freedom from big government.
How many of those posturing at the UN will argue for those values? Feed the world? Yes – encourage capitalism.