DOWN WITH ANY ELITE
supports the elite
September 3 2003
Modern charity does not solve the destitute position of half the worlds’ population. It is still a colonial activity in which arrogant masters treat their slaves not too badly by giving some of their affluence to the poor. The Red Cross, Oxfam, Medecins Sans Frontieres, Christian Aid, Save the Children, Live Aid, etceteras send scores of people to poor countries. Most of them are good willing and give concrete help to poor people. But I have always had some doubts about these people. My African contacts with members of Kennedy’s Peace Corps in the sixties affirmed they mostly gave help in exchange for an adventurous and cheap holiday and a good mark for the future career.
Indeed some people benefit but most of the good work is undone by the
elitist countries to which the helpers belong. Too high prices for AIDS
medicines or the brain drain of intellectuals educated in poor countries are
only some examples of the stream of money to rich countries that is bigger
than all charity. According to the BBC (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/3027079.stm
): "… Mali got in 2001 from USAID $37.7m, and lost $43m because of
American subsidies on cotton. So you ask yourself sometimes, who is helping
The UN looks nice on paper but is controlled by the Western elite. Many
Third World people distrust even organisations as the WHO or UNICEF that
directly help (but as we have seen in the SARS-crisis they keep the Third
World in tutelage). Why is money given to poor people? Because they are dying?
No, to maintain the existing order.
People in and around charity organisations should reconsider if they should not direct their money and energy against the elite that also preserves the present situation by allowing nice people to soften the worst pains.
Yours truly, Joost van Steenis
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