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Thanks to Otrazhenie for this interesting post… which has inspired me today. At the next general election in May 2015 I’ll be 35 and I’ll vote for the first time.

I’ve always been concerned that I’m not informed enough to vote. If you’re going to vote you should know what the parties are all about; you should have done your research to find out whether they’re likely to keep their election promises; and you should have done your homework on the parties’ leaders.

That all seems like a lot of effort – but I’ve got over a year, so that’s what I’ll have to do.

Otrazhenie

Poverty

I was always wondering about the most effective way to help move billions of people from the rut of poverty to prosperity. More philanthropy from the wealthy nations of the West? As J.W. Smith points it, with the record of corruption within impoverished countries, people will question giving them money as such ‘donations’ rarely ‘reach the target’. Building industries instead? While that approach seems to provide better results (see few examples described by Ray Avery in his book ‘Rabel with a cause‘), it still did not provide a silver bullet solution, as it does not address the roots of poverty and prosperity.

Poverty
From Christian Bowe

In their book ‘Why nations fail?‘, that examines the origin of poverty and prosperity, Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson conclusively show that it is man-made political and economic institutions that underlie economic success (or the lack of it). Therefore only the development of inclusive…

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