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2016-07-19 Africa Subsaharan
Bill and Melinda: Let us build a future Nelson Mandela dreamed of
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Posted by Besoeker 2016-07-19 00:00|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [608 views ]  Top

#1 The youth are special source of dynamism

He means they tend to be idiots.
Posted by SteveS 2016-07-19 01:08||   2016-07-19 01:08|| Front Page Top

#2 "We must clear the obstacles for young people...if we invest in the right things and ensure that the basic needs of Africa’s young people are taken care of, they will have the ability to change the future," he said.

Wrong.

If you do this, for something like 85% of any given population, you remove any incentive to sacrifice, innovate, work hard, or push their own envelope.

This is the moral rot and death gene of socialism, which is really what Gates is talking about.

There will always be some individuals who are driven and work hard because the drive is in them. Maybe 10-15% are like this. For about 70% of the rest, they work and struggle and do something other than eat, screw, and indulge in cheap entertainment only to prevent starvation. For the remainder, well, they would elect to do nothing even if it resulted in starving.

Since this is the case, you need to craft a society which provides the incentives necessary for that 70%, and takes care of the remainder who would starve. America before the New Deal did a pretty good job of this. Free enterprise plus private charity is the key.

Socialism and throwing money at people so that you don't have to watch them starve and feel bad about yourself is not a real world solution to the human condition.
Posted by no mo uro 2016-07-19 05:12||   2016-07-19 05:12|| Front Page Top

#3 There will always be some individuals who are driven and work hard because the drive is in them. Maybe 10-15% are like this. For about 70% of the rest, they work and struggle and do something other than eat, screw, and indulge in cheap entertainment....

Now that food has replaced sex in my life, I can’t even get into my own pants.
Posted by Besoeker 2016-07-19 05:41||   2016-07-19 05:41|| Front Page Top

#4 Mandela was a communist. Communism inevitably means mass executions.

Plus where will they find enough tires?
Posted by Rob Crawford 2016-07-19 05:50||   2016-07-19 05:50|| Front Page Top

#5 Bill, ever considered why our ancestors left Africa?
Posted by g(r)omgoru 2016-07-19 07:39||   2016-07-19 07:39|| Front Page Top

#6 ...global warming? maybe not a bad thing.
Posted by Procopius2k 2016-07-19 07:53||   2016-07-19 07:53|| Front Page Top

#7 Bill Gates will rebuild South Africa the way Bill Clinton rebuilt Haiti...
Posted by Steve White 2016-07-19 08:27||   2016-07-19 08:27|| Front Page Top

#8 And Steve White scores on a slap shot from the point!!
Posted by AlanC 2016-07-19 08:37||   2016-07-19 08:37|| Front Page Top

#9 Indeed...a fairly clinical diagnosis from Dr. Steve based on centuries of observation. Alas, the current generation seems to not want to grow up. WWII bomber captains were often in their early 20's. I can't imagine any of today's "children" shouldering that responsibility today--it would interfere with gaming in their Mom's basement where they exist (note I didn't say "live").
Posted by Warthog 2016-07-19 09:25||   2016-07-19 09:25|| Front Page Top

#10 Indeed...a fairly clinical diagnosis from Dr. Steve based on centuries of observation.

I recommend we forego a second medical opinion. Time is of the essence.
Posted by Besoeker 2016-07-19 09:47||   2016-07-19 09:47|| Front Page Top

#11 Gates was delivering the Nelson Mandela memorial lecture at the University of Pretoria on Sunday night. The theme of the lecture was "living together".

You first, Billy.

And the future Mandela dreamed of would have included the gulag for the likes of Billy and Mel.
Posted by charger 2016-07-19 11:41||   2016-07-19 11:41|| Front Page Top

#12 I respectfully disagree with you all. I have hope for Africa. It has vast natural resources, an increasingly educated population, and enormous human capital. Africans have shown themselves to be skilled at agriculture, medicine, and yes warfare (an important one that). I expect Africa to become increasingly important as the 21st Century goes on.
Posted by Secret Master 2016-07-19 14:22||   2016-07-19 14:22|| Front Page Top

#13 ...for the Chinese. It's not economic colonialism when they do it.
Posted by Procopius2k 2016-07-19 16:06||   2016-07-19 16:06|| Front Page Top

#14 I bet they'll just go back to their gated community in Montana somewhere when they're done giving the speech.
Posted by Thing From Snowy Mountain 2016-07-19 18:42||   2016-07-19 18:42|| Front Page Top

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