October 28, 2004

My Hero

Larry Elder, one of the guys out there that I admire the most, has written a short, must-read piece.
Let's call this the Exploitation Theory: America enriches herself at the expense of other countries. America takes; others receive less. But for America's dominant, evil culture, and her extraction of wealth from others, the rest of the world could live in prosperity and happiness. America's wealth causes poverty in other countries. We win. They lose.

But the United Nations' Arab Human Development Report, written by Arab political scientists and scholars, came to a different conclusion. The scholars wrote about the comparative backward nature of 22 Arab states, covering nearly 300 million people. The Arab countries scored the lowest of all world regions as to freedom, the political process, civil liberties, political rights and media independence. The report found 65 million illiterate adults. Half of Arab women still cannot read or write. Ten million children between 6 and 15 years of age are out of school. The report describes a "severe shortage" of new writing. In the last 1,000 years, the Arabs have translated as many books as Spain translates in just one year. Only 1.2 percent of the population uses a computer, and only half of those access the Internet.

I'm just sorry I didn't link to it before today.

1 comment:

  1. So true aout the Arab countires, i hate when people make execuses for them. I remember that kind of conversation going on in my high school classes - specifically a physics class and the evils of America spending 90 % of worlds power or something. Quite sad, because i def. remember going away thinking how unjust it all was, brain washing 101.
    On another note, write more often, dammit!