The Reductive Seduction of Other People’s Problems
Courtney Martin
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Shouldn’t this mention somewhere that the US in particular is the source of most of the deepest and most difficult problems in the third world? That our trade policy, aid agenda, military activity is aimed at undermining democracy and economic self-sufficiency? That when leaders or coalitions emerge that try to change the way things are done, that we tend to kill them or overthrow them, often causing humanitarian disasters? The points are good and sharply delivered, but an account that ignores that backdrop of decades of imperial violence itself misses the point, I think.