I’m a believer in helping people who truly need it. There are those in this world who need help today and can’t wait until next year or the year after. It doesn’t take long to starve. Many are sick. Many are in perilous situations.
[UPDATE July 7, 2013: I'm talking about individual and private charity. Not the "legal plunder" of the socialist and welfare state or foriegn aid which is the international version of the welfare state.]
I’m also a believer in the old Chinese saying; “Give a man a fish and you will feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish you will feed him for a lifetime.”
But it’s easier to give fish/money, isn’t it? Working for or promoting the things that will truly help is more difficult.
That was really just a lead up to some videos from PovertyCure. Enjoy!
The Rule of Law
Private Property Rights
“Imagine, Africa has a begging bowl and that into this begging bowl comes… foreign aid. But this bowl has holes in it, so it leaks. There’s a massive hole here through which corruption alone cost Africa $148 billion dollars. That’s a massive leak. What should be done first – plugging the leaks or putting more aid money in? Now this is something which even an elementary school student should be able to answer. I mean, you pouring more and more and more into the bowl and then it leaks…. Doing the same thing over and over and over and again and expecting different results—makes no sense.” – George Ayittey, economist in Ghana
“When we put the person at the center of our economic thinking, we transform the way we look at wealth and poverty. Instead of asking what causes poverty, we begin to ask, what causes wealth? What are the conditions for human flourishing from which prosperity can grow? And how can we create and protect the space for people to live out their freedom and responsibilities?” - The PovertyCure Vision