Monday, January 17, 2005

Fresh new thinking from the UN

And here I thought that the UN was useless. How wrong I was!

UN: United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today launched a 3,000-page document which research team leader, Special Adviser Jeffrey Sachs, called 'a unique report' recommending that rich countries double their investments in poor countries to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of halving extreme poverty by 2015 and going beyond to eliminate it by 2025.

...Mr. Annan told a news conference that the report from the UN Millennium Project, called "Investing in Development: A Practical Plan to Achieve the Millennium Development Goals," was "a major intellectual achievement."

Now it's true that when it comes to tsunami relief efforts, the Americans and Aussies were on scene within days while the UN response provided Diplomad with wonderful material for satire. But the UN was not idle, no siree! They were busy developing a 3000 page document that reveals some fresh new thinking that we've all been waiting to hear: income redistribution! Sure, if we want to be nitpicky, it's true that Karl Marx came up with it 150 years ago. But we all have our functions, and one of the UN's roles is to take credit for other people's work.

So here it is straight from the horse's mouth: the UN's idea of "a major intellectual achievement" is socialism! Never mind that most of their funding comes from nations that run on bad ole capitalism or that the intended recipients of their largesse lack freedom including free markets; that's all a coincidence. What's important is that people live their lives under the commands of the elite, the intellectuals, the enlightened... the UN.

Generosity is good, but to take from one and give to another is not generosity. Compassion is good, but to use something that kills 200,000 people as a pretext to live in 5-star hotels is not compassion. Charity expressed freely is good, but charity commandeered by --and filtered through-- self-serving bureaucrats is a travesty.