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September 23, 2007

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Manuel

2 points:

1) I haven't had the time to read the entire debate posted here on this topic, but it seems to me that Mr. Posner is working from an unsupported assumption: that massive altruistic aid from wealthy nations can make a substantial and lasting difference in the level of poverty in Third World countries. I cannot think of a single Third World nation that raised its status from an undeveloped country into the ranks of wealthy nations through receiving international aid.

2) The very question posed in this post confirms one of the suspicions of many who oppose government-imposed greenhouse gas restrictions -- that such restrictions are veiled attempts to redistribute wealth from industrialized nations to the Third World. No wonder there is so much overlap between socialists and carbon restrictionists.

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