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Croziervision
01 June 2005
Bob Geldof is wrong

Well, once again it didn’t take long for the BBC to wind me up today.  This evening’s BBC News at 6 o’clock’s leading item was the Live 8 announcement.  Now, I can’t say I watched the whole thing - the Simpsons was on the other side but I did a fair amount of flicking back and forth and at no point did I get any indication of scepticism let alone that Bob Geldof might be wrong.

Which is odd, because it’s not as if it’s that hard to find people who think just that.  Here’s Robert Whelan of Civitas:

Of course, we would all like to have less poverty in the world, and you don’t have to be a genius to see how that could be achieved. We need to have more capitalism. Capitalism is the system which, for the first time in the history of humanity, took human societies way above subsistence level and made them rich – rich beyond the dreams of avarice, as Dr Johnson used to say. The world is now divided into those countries which have capitalist economies and trade in the global market, which are rich, and those which don’t, which aren’t.

Hmm, I think I might keep a score.

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