Saturday, July 29, 2006

And Speaking of Time,

In the link to the Wonkette piece below, I stumbled across this headline on Time: “Why is Africa Still Starving?” which links to an article titled “Soul Searching at Oxfam”. My first thought was this had to be satire. After all, the level of governance in the entire continent rarely rises above the level of “basket case” (see: Zimbabwe, Sudan, Liberia, Rwanda, Somalia, Uganda, etc., etc.).

Unfortunately, this is a short piece on how the folks at Oxfam have come to the realization that good intentions are not sufficient to relieve practical suffering, and that even actions taken with the best of intentions can have bad consequences. This is a profoundly conservative notion. Perhaps they should put Adam Smith and Peter Bauer on their reading list.