"Poverty Anonymous": How the US sould handle foreign aid.

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In dealing with impoverished countries, Hardin likens the situation to a lifeboat, wherein there are only enough places for so many people and only enough food for that exact same number of people . At first this seems to be a good illustration until closer observation reveals it is only true to a certain extent. And as Cousins (1992) points out, the lifeboat view is actually only a selfish desensitization and no help at all. Cousin also points out that, "Once we discover how easy it is to stare without flinching at famine in Calcutta or Dacca, it should be no trick to be unblinking at disease ridden tenements of Detroit of Harlem." And according to Harden the best way to bring down the birth rate is to let people starve, a sort of self sustaining population control. When you take a closer look at countries with a higher birth and death rate, and compare them with developed countries with both a lower birth and death rate, the obvious difference is quality of life.

So, as Cousins pointed out, the best way to lower both birth and death rate is not to let them starve and take care of themselves, but to help them achieve a better quality of life. This can best be accomplished by not only giving food, but sharing technology and experience. Some more extreme cases may involve supplying rebel troops with training and weapons .

We also must realize every country is different. For instance, Afghanistan and India will not receive the same foreign aid. India will get tractors and grain, while Afghanistan will get bombed. Both are foreign aid, but one is far more extreme than the other. We must also realize there is no quick fix. It will take years for some...