British Prime Minister Gordon Brown is preparing to spend £40m of taxpayers’ money plus £5m a year on research into malaria treatments and vaccines in the developing world.
With the NHS millions and millions of pounds in debt, is this really where the government’s priority should be?
Apparently the US is also committing $5bn to the cause. Where is this money coming from?
One million people die from Malaria every year, so the charitable act of free people to help others is indeed a commendable one. But the enormous sums of money being invested into other countries is at the non-voluntary expense of the taxpayers of those countries; countries whose economy is already faltering; the US is in great financial turmoil and Britain is on the brink of recession. So what do our altruistic governments decide to do?: hand over millions or billions of expropriated wealth into causes that arguably have no benefit to their own countries.
Now the Pope is asking the Western world to be “brave” despite their financial problems and end poverty and hunger (as if it was the sacred responsibility of these governments to carry out these tasks).
Needless to say, I am not against charity or helping other countries out, providing such countries are at least partly-free and doing so is of practical benefit to our own. Indeed, when people are left free to appreciate their own property and wealth they invariably do help the less-fortunate out by charity. This is undeniable: where do you think any and all existing charity in the world today actually comes from? It CANNOT come from the have-nots, so it must come from the haves.
What I am against is the role of government as a re-distributor of wealth and “saviour” of other less-fortunate countries, which necessarily comes at the sacrificial expense of its own. It must necessarily come at sacrificial expense, because the billions of pounds being given to help developing nations is not connected to any real world market – it is taken from mass taxation and is not linked to any genuine production (which is the source of wealth). This is obvious, since if countries were so wealthy that they could spare this much money to help other nations, their economy would not be in the state that it is!
The issue of taxation aside, a government’s role is to protect the Rights of its citizens, and that is all. For a government to actually acquire its own citizens’ wealth and plunge billions of it to aid foreign countries whilst their own economy is on the rocks is not just foolishness, it is treachery.