January 20, 2010

It's not just the Taliban holding back Afghanistan

BBC Report today unveils the huge scale of bribery going on in Afghanistan.  In fact it equals almost a quarter of the nation's GDP!  No country, especially a wartorn one, can hope to build sustainable economic development with that scale of corruption. A commitment to honest dealing is a cornerstone of a successful market economy.  Without it history shows us that fair dealing will be imposed - either through socialist intervention or through fundamentalist authoritarianism. If the western nations hope to see a semblance of market growth and the first shoots of democratic institutions then they will need to look more broadly than just military, or material aid.

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