22 11 10 - 10:10There's an old saying that "the road to hell is paved with good intentions."
That's because what we see or desire in our minds often has other effects, and often itself needs to be an effect of wider changes.
But we just see what we want, demand it, and then are surprised when it doesn't work.
Now the flipside of these well-intentioned dreams has been laid bare in an incendiary report by South African and British academics which focuses on "Aids orphan tourism" in southern Africa, but challenges many cherished beliefs.
The study reveals that short-term volunteer projects can do more harm than good. Wealthy tourists prevent local workers from getting much-needed jobs, especially when they pay to volunteer; hard-pressed institutions waste time looking after them and money upgrading facilities; and abused or abandoned children form emotional attachments to the visitors, who increase their trauma by disappearing back home. "The more I delved into it, the more disturbing I found it," said Amy Norman, one of the researchers.
Development charities offering professionals the chance to use skills abroad have raised similar concerns; Voluntary Service Overseas even condemned this burgeoning industry as a new form of colonialism. VSO asked what right unqualified British teenagers had to impose their desire to do good at schools in developing countries. And Norman is correct: the more you look below the surface, the more these trips raise profound questions about misplaced idealism and misconceived attitudes. - The Guardian
You see the cute orphan, you want to help, and that creates an attractor -- easy chump money. Now you're subsidizing people to make sure the problem is never fixed because the problem brings in the money.
Oh. We didn't think of that. We saw cuddly orphans, and like fat apples in the supermarket basket, we figured that we could just sign a check...
No. Your wealth has blinded you to reality. To fix the orphan problem, you need to make a local economy that can sustain them and the foster families needed to raise them. You can't just pitch over your $50, think yourself morally superior, and then go on about your business.
Itâs not often that the intersection of history and contemporary events pose such a startling and chilling lesson as does the contemplation of the murder of JFK on November 22, 1963 juxtaposed with the situations faced by President Obama today. So far, at least, Obamaâs behavior has mirrored Johnsonâs, not Kennedyâs, as he has escalated the war in Afghanistan by 34,000. One canât but help think that the thought of JFKâs fate might not be far from his mind as he contemplates his next move in Afghanistan.
Douglass presents a very compelling argument that Kennedy was killed by âunspeakableâ (the Trappist monk Thomas Mertonâs term) forces within the U.S. national security state because of his conversion from a cold warrior into a man of peace. He argues, using a wealth of newly uncovered information, that JFK had become a major threat to the burgeoning military-industrial complex and had to be eliminated through a conspiracy planned by the CIA â âthe CIAâs fingerprints are all over the crime and the events leading up to itâ â not by a crazed individual, the Mafia, or disgruntled anti-Castro Cubans, though some of these may have been used in the execution of the plot. - Lew Rockwell
Death to the Kennedys!
Had Kennedy become interested in peace instead of the Cold War, Europe would have been a Soviet possession. And what did the Soviets leave behind? Wreckage and wrecked countries. Just ask East Germany! Once a prosperous healthy place, it's still mostly a wasteland, after only a generation or two of well-intentioned Communist rule.
Kennedy was about to stop being harsh with the Soviets, like a Republican, and was going to start putting peace before getting the right thing done. That would have made him a Neville Chamberlain, an appeaser, ignoring the deeper problems.
So the CIA killed him and they did the right thing. Ask the East Germans.
It was only when, a few years later, I began work on a comprehensive history of the European âprojectâ that I fully came to see how, for 50 years, it had only ever had one real agenda. As was laid down by its founding genius, Jean Monnet, the sole underlying purpose behind everything it has ever done has been to work stealthily â accreting its powers step by step â towards the creation of an integrated âUnited States of Europeâ, ruled by one supraânational government.
Monnet realised in the mid-Fifties that the only way to realise his goal was to work towards it gradually, through a series of lesser goals, each of which would serve to focus the energies of his âEurope-buildersâ until it was time to move on to the next.
The first was to set up the embryonic institutions of his European government by disguising them as necessary for the creation of the Common Market. Once that was achieved, the focus moved on to creating a âSingle Marketâ, as an excuse to take further powers to the centre. The next focus became âEconomic and Monetary Unionâ, complete with that supreme symbol of integration, a single currency. Finally, the Europhiles could move on to the mighty goal â which took them eight years â of giving Europe a âconstitutionâ, thus completing the dream conceived decades before, - The Telegraph
People love to think that if we all just come together and herp-kumbaya-derp ourselves to a pleasant lullabye, we'll be peaceful and everything will be just grand from there on out.
In reality, the more stuff you tie together, the more power you give to the weakest link, so it all falls -- with far worse consequences.
We wanted to blame WWI and WWII on nationalism, when really they were leftovers from the instability of 1789 and the anti-aristocratic wars that followed.
But we're still looking for simple solutions, and all our good intentions somehow make us into the bad guy:
The first tenet was âthe self-evident truthâ that âracism is endemic in the values, attitudes and structures of British societyâ.
The training manual then stated âsteps need to be taken to promote permeation of all aspects of the curriculum by an anti-racist analysisâ. All âracist materialsâ had to be withdrawn from the syllabus and CCETSW would decide what was racist.
In the rules there would be no freedom of speech for opinions that can be constructed as âracistâ or favourable to âracismâ, and âanti-racist practice requires the adoption of explicit valuesâ. The first value is that individual problems have roots in âpolitical structuresâ and ânot in individual or cultural pathologyâ. (In other words, if different groups have different outcomes in terms of education or crime levels, it is all the fault of British racism, not of individuals).
A second value is that racial oppression and discrimination are everywhere to be found in British society, even when invisible. In other words, impossible to disprove!
This is âanti-racismâ, and it is heavily influenced by a Marxist interpretation of race. Oliver Coxâs 1948 work Class, Caste and Race presents the idea that race originates in âa practical exploitative relationshipâ used to justify the exploitation of one group by another as part of capitalism. - The Telegraph
Gosh, how far we've fallen. But luckily for those in power, only about 2% of any society have functional brains, and they're easily drowned out by Justin Bieberchrist and Lady Gagabama.