This report in yesterday’s New York Times offers evidence of the extent to which “Progressives” will go to stop progress – evidence of the filth and pollution that flesh-and-blood individuals are obliged to endure when economic growth is forcibly halted – evidence of the utter arrogance and selfishness of rich-world elites, and of their propensity to treat other human beings as objects for amusement.Kind of gets your attention, eh? The news report Boudreaux points to is interesting and well worth reading, especially if you were in my Power & Prosperity course last semester. The deal is that the city the news report is about is a World Heritage site and that has important implications:
"When a town is put on the heritage list, it means nothing should change,” Mr. Maiga said. “But we want development, more space, new appliances — things that are much more modern. We are angry about all that."
From the news report it seems to me that, as Boudreaux alludes to, there has recently been some development and progress going on in this city. After all, the people reported on seem to have at least some money available to spend on new wants and desires with respect to the way they live. Unfortunately, it also seems that there are predators from without who want to keep these people from using the gains they have made for their own purposes.
“If you want to help someone, you have to help him in a way that he wants; to force him to live in a certain way is not right,” he said, before lying on the mud floor of a windowless room that measured about 6 feet by 3 feet.Well said. Put the power of government behind what a person wants to do for himself and good things will emerge in the future.
You can learn more about the necessary conditions for Mali prosperity by checking out the information at the INDEX OF ECONOMIC FREEDOM. While Mali officially has a democratic form of government, the protections for private property are weak and corruption is prevalent.