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Wanted - An Education on Why Free Trade is The Answer

The youngest Englishette aged 7 has a homework project I need help on.

Harvest festival time, aren't we lucky in England to have plenty to eat. In Africa they aren't so lucky and many go hungry, what ideas have you got to help them?

I can't track down a Ladybird Book of The Advantages of Free Trade or Maisy's GM Farm. I have a feeling those creeps at Christian Aid and Fairtrade will have already filled the bookshelf.

Anyone got any ideas?

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If those in Africa practised contraception then they would not need so much food and we would have more in our country to feed all the immigrants that flock here!

Just don't ask Bob Geldof for help, he's a twat!

Try comparing the ratio of volume of food consumed per square mile in UK with the productive capacity per square mile of the UK: the only way to bridge that gap is for us to import food which in turn requires us to trade. Youngest Englishette can write about the use of land in UK for another homework project.

If the EU could be persuaded to drop their import tariffs which effectively make it uneconomic for Africa to export its goods to us then the resulting free market would bring greater prosperity (and thus, development, health, etc.) to the Africans.

It's not easy to explain these things to a child. It requires a degree of emotional detachment and rationality which the average 9 year does not possess (a shortcoming shared by the left.

I think you're a bit on your own with this one as I have found with my own children aged 19,17,11 and 9. It helps to clarify your own thinking for which there is a lot of information like this recent post on the ASI site.

http://www.adamsmith.org/blog/tax-and-economy/free-trade%2c-not-state-aid/

The trouble is, as you have already indicated, you are up against well funded, professional organisations who are determined to promote an alternative view. Good luck.

This might be a bit advanced for a 7 year old.

But tie it in with the harvest festival itself. Why do we have a harvest festival? To celebrate that we've enough food to last us through to the next year, obviously. But it wasn't all that long ago, a couple of centuries, that the period immediately before the harvest, was the hungriest time of the year. Last year's crop was running/had run out and there was an anxious few weeks as we all waited for this years' crop to ripen.

It's the same reason we have a gorge at midwinter: that's when you slaughtered the spare animals, the ones you didn't have enough fodder to keep through the winter and weren't going to breed from in the spring. The last fresh meat you'd get until spring in fact.

Similarly, the reason we eat spring lamb. Because it's the first fresh meat available of the new year.

Just those three facts could be used to explain how it used to be for us and how it is now for Africans. And we solved it through modern farming techniques. Just as Africans will do.

So, what she can do to help Africans is send Daddy to teach them how to farm.....

This might be a bit advanced for a 7 year old.

But tie it in with the harvest festival itself. Why do we have a harvest festival? To celebrate that we've enough food to last us through to the next year, obviously. But it wasn't all that long ago, a couple of centuries, that the period immediately before the harvest, was the hungriest time of the year. Last year's crop was running/had run out and there was an anxious few weeks as we all waited for this years' crop to ripen.

It's the same reason we have a gorge at midwinter: that's when you slaughtered the spare animals, the ones you didn't have enough fodder to keep through the winter and weren't going to breed from in the spring. The last fresh meat you'd get until spring in fact.

Similarly, the reason we eat spring lamb. Because it's the first fresh meat available of the new year.

Just those three facts could be used to explain how it used to be for us and how it is now for Africans. And we solved it through modern farming techniques. Just as Africans will do.

So, what she can do to help Africans is send Daddy to teach them how to farm.....

You could give her a number of items to represent the things which many African states need most:

A toy car/train: Representing a decent transport infrastructure

A set of hand-cuffs: Representing law and order

A mobile phone: Communication less effected by distances and difficult terrain.

A piece of gold (chocolate): Free trade and stable currency.

It's simple and interesting enough in presentation to catch a child's interest while conveying important messages. If she doesn't eat the chocolate.

This Spiegel Interview with a Kenyan was the best argument for trade instead of aid I've read.

http://www.spiegel.de/international/spiegel/0,1518,363663,00.html

This Spiegel Interview with a Kenyan was the best argument for trade instead of aid I've read.

http://www.spiegel.de/international/spiegel/0,1518,363663,00.html

"Harvest festival time, aren't we lucky in England to have plenty to eat. In Africa they aren't so lucky and many go hungry, what ideas have you got to help them?"

Seize and occupy Africa, put down all despotic and corrupt local regimes, administer the regions as colonies, introduce the rule of law, agricultural advances, transportation systems, security, universal education and...

Oh wait.

I suppose you do realize there's the danger your daughter will be blown up if she fails to provide her teacher with the "correct" answer?

Late to the party, but "All the Trouble in the World," O'Rourke, P.J., chapters 2 (Overpopulation) & 3 (Famine)

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