CHAIRMAN'S MESSAGE NOVEMBER 22, 2013
The distinguished economist and author, George B.N. Ayittey, a native of Ghana, participated in the Hillsdale College Free Market Forum in San Diego November 15-16. In his book, Africa Unchained, Ayittey says, “Africa is poor because it is not free.”
The jacket cover of Africa Unchained states, “The freedoms Africans enjoyed in their traditional systems were snatched from them, first by foreign colonial powers and now by modern African leaders with similarly oppressive and confiscatory practices. As Corruption, repression, and war surged, Africa’s infrastructure crumbled, states collapsed, and investors fled.”
Professor Ayittey believes the “secrets to Africa’s prosperity are already embedded in its own centuries-old indigenous traditions of free enterprise, free markets and free trade.” That’s Capitalism.
“Wealth, almost everywhere, is created by individuals in the private sector. The government does not create wealth; it only redistributes it. Furthermore, government does not solve all problems.”
Kofi Annan, former U.N. Secretary-General, had this to say in the New York Times: “If the twentieth century taught us anything, it is that large-scale centralized government does not work. It does not work at the national level, and it is less likely to work at the global level.”
With regard to the slave trade, Professor Ayittey says that “While the Europeans organized the West African slave trade, the Arabs managed the East African and trans-Saharan counterparts. Over 20 million black slaves were shipped from East Africa to Arabia. Enslaving and slave trade in East Africa were peculiarly savage in traffic notable for its barbarity. Villages were razed, the unfit villagers massacred.”
“If the Europeans had not colonized Africa, the Arabs would have. And the Arabs never forgave the West for beating them to the punch.”
Africa Unchained by George B.N. Ayittey is a fascinating read. Pick it up if you want to know more about the harm of U.S. aid to African dictators and those dictators’ total disregard for the little people.
Carolyn S. Cox, Pima County GOP Chair
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