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The End of Poverty by Jeffrey D. Sachs
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Sep 21, 07

bookshelves: science-social-theory-etc
Recommended for: Dreamers.
Read in June, 2007

Sach's The End of Poverty is a bit depressing for how hopeful it is. His ideas (increasing foreign aid and investing in the growth of smaller countries) are inspiring and could possibly help, but he seems to take a resounding leap of faith in overlooking human greed, or how many other things would have to happen in the world before people were ready for something like this. Sach's is a very respected economist, and he's been influential in giving advice to countries all over the world. But he's also associated with socialist economic meltdown of post-communist Russia. For Sach's ideas to work, for that small increase in foreign aid to help, it seems that the CIA would have to be abolished, wars would have to be stopped, people would have to have faith in their economy again... Overall, a solidly explained case for ending poverty and a theory on how to do it. I fear it's naive. But it's worth thinking about, and a more noble goal than spreading war around the globe.

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