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Hurrah for Malawi! December 1, 2007

Posted by Jim Satterfield in Economics, Foreign Relations, Government, International News, Politics.

The New York Times titles its article Ending Famine, Simply by Ignoring the Experts. And it’s right. Those donor countries who relied on the blind belief in free markets that is currently the fashion in many developed countries and the World Bank were wrong and the new president of Malawi was right. Subsidies for poverty stricken farmers to be able to have seed and fertilizer was necessary for them to produce their own food and should probably be expanded to other countries with similar situations. The free market has little to do with farmers whose current production isn’t even enough to allow them to feed themselves.

So can we arrange for the Economics School of the University of Chicago to lose its government funding since we shouldn’t be subsidizing religion even if it’s the First Church of Free Market?



1. Anna Jarzab - December 7, 2007

Dear Jim Satterfield,
I am working with Farrar, Straus and Giroux publishers on marketing SOLDIER’S HEART, a memoir by West Point English professor Elizabeth Samet, which chronicles the various tensions inherent in military life as well as the ways in which war has transformed Samet’s relationship to literature. Fighting in Iraq, Samet’s former students share what books and movies mean to them. “Literature helps them to understand their own increasingly complicated lives,” Samet explains. Their letters in turn prompt Samet to wonder exactly what she owes to cadets in the classroom. After reading your blog, I thought this book might be of interest to you, and I would love to send you a copy for review or discussion on your website. Please feel free to contact me at anna@authorsontheweb.com for more information.
Best wishes,
Anna Jarzab

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