Ebola has broken out in a region that has been torn apart by conflicts in recent decades – this much is true. But the countries are not naturally poor. Neither can their suffering be laid solely at the door of corruption. They are also victims of economic policies pursued by western countries and corporations.
As the People’s Health Movement said recently, the reason for the Ebola epidemic “lies not in the pathology of the disease but in the pathology of our society and the global political and economic architecture.” A few million dollars will not substitute for the wealth they lose each year.
Err, sorry, but these countries are naturally poor. They’re at the same level of poverty that the entire world was at 300 years ago. They’re actually in the natural state of poverty. The vast majority of the people living in peasant destitution with s small class of richer people on top. This is normal.
The oddity, the thing to be explained, is how some parts of the world escaped from this and how other parts are escaping from it.
And here’s he’s just being a fucking twat:
Essentially, Ebola is an unprofitable disease. This won’t change until the stranglehold of big pharma over global medicines is broken, and we begin to fund and control medical research publicly.
It’s the rules about testing drugs that mean it costs $1 billion to bring a drug or vaccine to market. It’s governments themselves that make Ebola an unprofitable disease. further, there’s absolutely nothing at all in either theory or practice that stops one government or another from developing such a cure. We don’t need to take over big pharma, we might though need to compete with it. Which is just fine.
And this is simply glorious!
First, Sierra Leone and Liberia are booming. They are enjoying very high growth figures – supposedly the symbol of a country’s “development”. In fact Liberia has the highest ratio of foreign direct investment to GDP in the world and has been growing at above 10% for years. Sierra Leone is now growing at above 20%.
The free-market dogma of our government would suggest that everything is in place to make the poor richer. But through the takeover of land, exploitation of minerals and privatisation of resources, west Africa’s wealth is leaving in shiploads, just as it always has done.
Well, yes, and what is it that comes in again to pay for those shiploads? That would be money, with which people can go buy things. Amazing how this trade thing works isn’t it?
You’ll not be surprised to find that this moron is with the World Development Movement. Entirely and totally ignorant of everything economic.
Sierra Leone has diamonds and, I think, iron ore. So, what would a poor peasantry prefer? To eat iron ore and diamonds? Or to get money for them to go buy other stuff? Swapping that iron ore for money is wealth leaving the country in what sodding manner?
Jebus but these people are ignorant cunts.