Why shall we do something?

angus-deaton-quotesIndeed, we shall not do anything. We shall let them doing it. I am not claiming to have that idea, it simply comes from Angus Deaton, Economy Nobel prize 2015. In his recent book « The great Escape », in the chapter 7 (“How to help those left behind”) he points out the deep error underlying this sentence. Citation: “We often have such a poor understanding of what they need, and how their society is organised, that our clumsy attempts to help on our terms do more harm than good. […] And when we fail, we continue, because our interests are now at stake – it is our aid industry, staffed largely by our professionals, and generating kudos and votes for our politicians – and because, after all, we must do something.” Continue reading “Why shall we do something?”