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Beltway Libertarians and the Bottom Billion

Someone just reminded me of some interesting remarks by one roving “libertarian” and former VP-Junketeering: Check out this line by the said VPJ:

The%20Bottom%20Billion.jpgThis review by Niall Ferguson (combined with my knowledge of other work by Collier that I’ve read) spurred me to order Paul Collier’s new book, The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries Are Failing and What Can Be Done About It. The proposal for ten-year military occupations and administration sounds remarkably unappealing and even foolish, but Collier is a very smart fellow and I’m looking forward to his insights into the sources of dysfunctionality in poor nations.

Note the curious use of “but.” Those warmongers and nation-builders are problematic, sure–but they sure have some good insights! There’s no limit to what you can learn if you stick to “inside the beltway.”

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