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    Politics

    The Machine Stops – A Parable to Modern Society’s Collapse

    “No one confessed the Machine was out of hand. Year by year it was served with increased efficiency and decreased intelligence. The better a man knew his own duties upon it, the less he understood the duties of his neighbor, and in all the world there was not one who understood the monster as a whole. Those master brains had perished.”    ― E.M. Forster, The Machine Stops   One aspect of modern civilization we don’t give much thought to is how precarious it is. The COVID-19 pandemic, for instance, was a highly disruptive event and almost destabilized the world economy. Yet, had it instead transpired a century ago, it…

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    Politics

    Trade, not Aid – Addressing Poverty in Developing Countries

    It is a strange irony of the modern world that because food is so cheap that the poor go hungry. Some 811+ million people today suffer from hunger at present, this is despite the fact that globally there is a vast overproduction of food crops. Hunger today is not due to lack of food but lack of means for the poorest to access it.  Trillions of dollars in aid have been poured into the least developed countries over the decades yet the average citizen of such states today is more undernourished than his predecessor in the 60s. What is more surprising is that many of these countries, despite holding a…