We’ve spent trillions here in the U.S. to fight “poverty”. And by “fighting” it, I mean subsidizing it. Of course, we subsidize things like home ownership or college because we know subsidies increase their presence. So of course by subsidizing poverty will…er…
But domestic arrogant hegemony isn’t the point of this post. The international plantation mentality is. It’s a good article, though the writer heaps insufficient poison on the U.N. to suit me.
But you knew that.
It (REDD-ed.) aims to prevent developing countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America from cutting down parts of their forests.
Hooray! Let the U.N. help you people! Look what it’s done for the Palestineans!
The REDD solution is to pay developing countries not to cut down their trees.
Wrong. The U.N. will pay governments. Country and government are not synonymous. You vertebrate creatures either keep forgetting this, or you let your would-be masters get away with forgetting it.
So, the plan is for a corrupt U.N. to bribe African and Latin American corruptocrats to criminalize tree harvesting by lowly peasants.
Poor country residents need wood to build homes and paper products for schools and hospitals.
Which they now won’t get easily, if at all. Meanwhile corruptocrats have those U.N. bribes to import mahogany, cedar, teak, whatever they fancy.
People in the developing world also often want to clear jungles to make way for more productive agricultural lands so they can feed their people.
They should have picked their birthplace more carefully, then.
In other words, the poor in developing countries have perfectly justifiable economic and humanitarian reasons for cutting down some portion of their forestlands.
Yes they do. This U.N. project will mire millions in sustained misery so that idiots and corruptocrats can pat each other on the back.
The “United Nations” better hope my superpowers keep failing to develop.
Because they’re second on the list, just behind the unconstitutional parts of the U.S. Federal Government.