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excuses cultural flaws in other nations with the tried and true politically correct nostrum that "all cultures are equally good, except Western civilization which is uniquely evil"
on July 24, 2017
Dr. Farmer has written a book which excels at cataloguing the problems of developing countries regarding infectious disease but falters at reasons and proposed solutions.
With a bent towards cultural Marxism and "Social" justice, he continuously assigns the blame to first worlders for things that they haven't caused, excuses cultural flaws in other nations with the tried and true politically correct nostrum that "all cultures are equally good, except Western civilization which is uniquely evil", and proposes dumping money at problems without taking into account that in 2017, the developed world is at an end point for centralization, borrowing, and taxation (largely funding people dependent on government employment and grants, like Dr. Farmer) and will likely need to struggle to have enough resources to repair the damage from those things internally, let alone set aside resources to help developing nations. When he openly admits that Noam Chomsky is one of the inspirations for the book and a collaborator, it should come as no surprise.
Apart form a couple of lip-service mentions of developing countries having a need to move in the direction of free enterprise to help themselves move into a sustainable and healthy society, Dr. Farmer's suggested solutions do little beyond throwing money at a problem and creating more dependency on money handed down from above.
The solution to these problems will not come from UN mandated wealth transfer from Western countries already hamstrung and tapped out after three generations of Keynesian nonsense, it will come when these nations and cultures a) want to change on their own and b) do the hard work of throwing off the yoke of autocratic collectivism and "big man" tribalism and adopt a more responsible and realistic approach to life in general. To the extent that we can, we should encourage our fellow human beings in those places to pursue those goals, as our ancestors did in 1776.