I see a lot of apparently intelligent people. Doctors, Lawyers, Business Types, Politicians, do gooders in general. Taking it upon themselves and encouraging others to raise money to feed the poor.
There is nothing new in my observation. Many people including Miss Rand have commented on this folly. I’m going to comment anyway.
These do gooders, want to feed, say one million people. How is this to be done? How should it be done? What do we send to them trying to accomplish this?
We send grain and little bottles of water. Hope they have a pot and heat source and when it’s gone it’s gone. The do gooders must raise more money.
I have been doing leasure studies on the problem of feeding millions of people for years. The solutions are painfully simple. First: water management, Countries with a lot of poor underfed people tend to be dry. I have watched a lot of TV on the subject, I have studied maps, I have studied the problem of aquiring clean water. If you look past the starving children in the scene you will almost always see water, frequently brown or worse, if you look at a map of the area, there is almost always streams, rivers, lakes, and in genuine cases of no surfaceground water, potential for wells almost everywhere.
In my opinion, If a group of do gooders wants to do something useful, design a water management plan for the whole country. Starting from the highest peak and working there way down to the ocean. Build small dams, don’t flood the best farmland in the country. Send irrigation on a horizontal plane to every reasonably flat area in the country. Now the country is wet but the water is still brown or worse. Sand is the most common thing on the face of the earth. A couple of feet of sand will filter water as good as mother nature. After that a series of 3 filters costing between $2.00 and $40.00 will clean the water better than boiling possibly could, Done. You don’t have to clean to water you use on your crops, you just dump it on the dirty ground anyway. The sand filter is more than good enough for personal cleaning. The store bought water filters for cooking and drinking.
A comprehensive water management system like this would be very hard to kill, Like a road system there would be vulnerable points that should be guarded and cared for but once established killing the whole system would be nearly impossible. You can’t hoard water, if you try you will get flooded and the next person downstream collects it anyway.
Simple. So what’s the catch? The do gooders. Composed primarily of Socialists and Treehugging environmentalists. They will stop any effort to manage natural water resources. Socialists and environmentalists have a hidden agenda, They are only interested in self-preservation. protecting their infrastructer is their main concern.
A contradiction you say? No doubt of it, but these people thrive on contradiction. If these people want to feed a million poor, dump water on the ground, stuff will grow, try and stop it.