Poverty and Human Rights

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The conventional approach to economic development, to making poor countries rich, is based on a technocratic illusion: the belief that poverty is a purely technical problem amenable to such technical solutions as fertilizers, antibiotics, or nutritional supplements.

The technocratic approach ignores what this book will establish as the real cause of poverty—the unchecked power of the state against poor people without rights.

The technocratic illusion is that poverty results from a shortage of expertise, whereas poverty is really about a shortage of rights.

The technical problems of the poor (and the absence of technical solutions for those problems) are a symptom of poverty, not a cause of poverty.

The Tyranny of Experts: Economists, Dictators, and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor by William Easterly

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