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Perpetuating Poverty: The World Bank, the IMF, and the Developing World Paperback – March 31, 1994


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 371 pages
  • Publisher: CATO Institute (March 31, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1882577078
  • ISBN-13: 978-1882577071
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,689,275 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The editors and several of the contributing authors are affiliated with the Cato Institute, a moderately conservative Washington, D.C., think tank. Like liberal critics of international leading institutions (see Bruce Rich's Mortgaging the Earth , LJ 1/94, which points to grass-roots movements as the basis for alternative development), the authors argue that aid to the Third World has done little to stimulate development but a great deal to perpetuate poverty and national and lending bureaucracies. They argue that, in place of aid and loans, unhindered corporate capitalism and free trade will open the gates to economic growth and self-determination for underdeveloped countries. While their initial argument is recognized by many observers, there remains much debate about the cures for underdevelopment. Recommended for larger public and academic libraries.
- Bill Rau, Takoma Park, Md.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 26, 1999
Format: Paperback
I found this to be a cogent analysis of the two organizations in question, particularly in light of the recent turmoil they've caused in East Asia and Russia.
Through this book, we see that the IMF and the World Bank were making mischief abroad long before their more recent, more well publicized disasters. The word disaster is particularly appropriate in Indonesia; I hesitate to guess how many decades the country has been set back as a result of the IMF/World Bank meddling. For a good analysis, see books by Steve Hanke, such as _The Revolution in Development Economics_. Some of his articles are available on forbes.com.
I'd like to see an updated version of the book, to take into account the more recent boondoggles. The sad thing is that they not only have wasted billions of dollars, but often have left the recipients worse off than they were to begin with. The administrators of the organizations, of course, are living high on the hog all the while (to any IMF/World Bank top dogs who've recently taken a vow of poverty, my apologies), even as they're effectively impoverishing millions.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 5, 1999
Format: Paperback
Youre feeding a monster which doesn't care about people. It exists to perpetuate the corrupt oppressive and plain incompetent governments of various nations by bailing them out continuously. If you wanted to feed an african family would you buy them grain and tools or would you send the money to their rulers (with a couple of feeble conditions) and pretty much let them do what they like with it? The IMF is a power brokers dream, leeching funds from everyone and being accountable to none.
The previous readers precious nation states and their statists are the enemies of individual liberty, they are to blame - and we for letting them get away with it.
A good book, enough to make you think twice when you next hear about the billions pledged for this or that project which never seems to actually help anyone except global politicians.
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This 1994 Cato Institute book contains sixteen essays on the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank, "Development Without Aid," and some specific cases.

One essayist suggests that "pouring funds into the Russian government---the recipient of almost all foreign assistance---is likely to strengthen the position of the still-powerful economic bureaucrats, who would prefer to subsidize than privatize money-losing state enterprises, and nationalist politicians, who want to return to authoritarianism rather than move toward freedom." (Pg. 28)

Another notes that "World Bank officials know that preservation of the bank's critical AAA credit rating requires that none of the mega-debtors (e.g., Mexico, Brazil, Argentina) fall into arrears with the World Bank. To head off any such possibility, the World Bank is annually extending ever-larger levels of new loans to the 17 most heavily indebted developing countries, which are primarily in Latin America, in an effort to keep them servicing their old World Bank loans." (Pg. 121)

A different essayist observes that "Another significant component of American aid to India was food aid... One major result was to lower domestic prices of wheat and other commodities, causing farmers to reduce the acreage planted in both wheat and competing cereals. In fact, large and escalating shipments ... bankrupted large numbers of Indian farmers." (Pg. 232) He concludes, "foreign aid to India has been an unmitigated disaster." (Pg. 236)

Although many of the "facts and figures" in this book are obviously "dated," many of the principles and arguments are still valid.
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4 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 19, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book published by the (Richard Mellon Scaife funded) Cato Institute is in fact dedicated to perpetuating world poverty through "Free Trade" aimed at causing the destruction of the Nation State and insuring that even the idea of the Nation State is not allowed to exist. What this book secretly advocates is world slavery. What ever do the author/editors believe the United States was fighting against in the Revolutionary War against King George's British Empire. Don't they understand that America was fighting British Empire "Free Trade" aimed at stealing raw materials from the colonies, forcing them to buy British manufactured goods, thereby forcing the colonies to remain backward and undeveloped, just as England does today with their "colonies" in Africa. This book is the very dark "shadow of the glove" and purely propaganda.
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