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The Upside of Down by Charles Kenny

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        Conclusion

ONE MOMENT THE REST is about to overtake us through unfair competition. The next moment it is a starving morass, helpless without our aid or invasion. We are either sorry for the developing countries of Africa, Latin America, and Asia or scared of them. But actually, more and more of the developing world is neither worthy of fear nor desirous of pity—it is a place of immense opportunity. Think of how countries like Britain and the United States view France—as sometimes annoying, but basically a useful partner, a great place to visit, and a source of nice things from cheese to wine to haute couture. This is how we should see the rest of the world.

Official Washington sometimes acknowledges this fact. The Obama administration’s ...

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