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Paul Collier explains the famine

Tuesday, May 6th, 2008

Paul Collier explains the famine.

In the modern era, famines are usually caused by war or socialism.  This time around, it is a bit different.  Collier lists four causes – one is Chinese prosperity, two are environmentalism – the ban on genetically modified food, and the American biofuel program, and one is social engineering – state intervention to preserve small (and thus ineffectual) farms as a voting block.

As I remarked earlier, the twentieth century was a time of socialist famines.  Let us hope the twenty first century is not a time of greenie famines.