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Entry from November 09, 2012
“Foreign aid is money transfer from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries”

The Foreign Minister of the Netherlands said about foreign aid in Hamburg’s Der Spiegel magazine in 1969:

“That’s what poor people in rich countries pay to the rich people in poor countries.”

Bernard Rosenberg, a professor at the City University of New York, wrote this humorous definition in Dictionary for the Disenchanted (1972):

“Foreign aid: Taxing poor people in rich countries for the benefit of rich people in poor countries.”

Jimmy Carter said in 1976 while running for president, “I’m tired of our taxing the poor people in our rich country and sending the money to the rich people in poor countries.” British economist Peter Bauer (1915-2002) said in 1979, “Aid is a phenomenon whereby poor people in rich countries are taxed to support the lifestyles of rich people in poor countries.”

Theoretically, foreign aid is the transfer of the wealth of rich people in rich countries to poor people in poor countries. However, the quotation acknowledges that the rich people in rich countries figure out ways to avoid paying taxes and the poor countries receiving the aid are often corrupt.


20 September 1969, Garden City (KS) Telegram, “The Distaff Side” by D. H., pg. 4, col. 1:
And Holland’s Foreign Minster was quoted in Hamburg’s “Der Spiegel” as giving this precise explanation of aid to underdeveloped countries: “That’s what poor people in rich countries pay to the rich people in poor countries.”

Google News Archive
1 March 1970, The Press-Courier (Oxnard, CA), “Anger Against Gringos Justified,” pg. 6, col. 1:
Aid lo underdeveloped countries has been defined by a Dutch official as “that which poor people in rich countries pay to rich people in poor countries.”

OCLC WorldCat record
Dictionary for the disenchanted.
Author: Bernard Rosenberg
Publisher: Chicago, Regnery [1972]
Edition/Format: Book : English

23 January 1973, Seattle (WA) Times, “Semantic iconoclasts: Irreverence for the language” by Melvin Maddocks (Christian Science Monitor), pg. A12, col. 2:
And now here comes Bernard Rosenberg, editor of Dissent, professor at the City University of New York, and author of “Dictionary for the Disenchanted.”
(...)
Foreign aid: Taxing poor people in rich countries for the benefit of rich people in poor countries.”

25 August 1976, The Oregonian (Portland, OR), “Carter’s plan for pardons sparks Legion opposition” by Phil Cogswell, pg. 1, col. 5:
The most applause Carter (Democratic presidential candidate Jimmy Carter—ed.) received during his speech was when he called for foreign aid “designed to strengthen our allies and friends and to fulfill humanitarian purposes” and added, “I’m tired of our taxing the poor people in our rich country and sending the money to the rich people in poor countries.”

14 October 1978, Hutchinson (KS) News, “Thoughts at Large: What’s foreign aid?” by Sydney J. Harris, pg. 4, col. 1:
The best brief aphorism I’ve heard ell year comes from the anonymous wit who accurately defined Foreign Aid as “Taxing poor people in rich countries for the benefit of rich people in poor countries.”

Google Books
Political Issues in the World Today
Edited by Don MacIver
Manchester: Manchester University Press
2004
Pg. 166:
In the sharp words of Peter Bauer (1979) ‘aid is a phenomenon whereby poor people in rich countries are taxed to support the lifestyles of rich people in poor countries’.

The Wall Street Journal
March 31, 2011
Foreign Aid Isn’t the Answer
Africa exemplifies how aids spoils economic growth and discourages democratic reform.

By MARIAN L. TUPY
(...)
Lord Peter Bauer, the late British economist, once wrote that foreign aid is “an excellent method for transferring money from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries.”

National Post
In search of a better way to manage famine
Araminta Wordsworth
Jul 25, 2011 1:23 PM ET | Last Updated: Jul 25, 2011 1:58 PM ET
(...)
But what if the aid itself is the problem? Economist Peter Bauer encapsulated the problem decades ago, when he said aid was “an excellent method for transferring money from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries.”

Google Books
Jake’s Alley:
Caution: Man Thinking

By Jake Jacobson, Esq.
Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouse
2012
Pg. 137:
Foreign aid might be defined as a transfer of money from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries.
-Douglas Casey, Classmate of Bill Clinton at Georgetown University

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityGovernment/Law/Politics/Military • Friday, November 09, 2012 • Permalink