Chapter 11. How the Rules Rule the Poor


The mere mention of a “cartel” usually strikes fear in the hearts and wallets of consumers and regulators around the globe. Its members are the world's leading foreign aid organizations, which constitute a near monopoly, relative to the powerless poor.

 --WILLIAM EASTERLY, The Cartel of Good Intentions (2002)

The poor are set up by the rules to remain dependent while the rich are aided in maintaining their way of life.

Poor people in poor countries suffer the consequences of the rules of the world economy set by the rich countries every day. Consider, for example, two telling international events of September of 2003[1]:

Trade ministers from 146 nations met in Cancun, Mexico. They held talks to assess the ...

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