Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.- Matthew 7:15
Are we destined to learn every mistake the hard way? Is it not enough that countries for hundreds of years have shown again and again and again the consequences of those who preach in altruism but lead to destruction? I pray for America, that we wake up and we don’t follow these pied pipers off the cliff.
The Giant Con that is Government Philanthropy
The world we live in isn’t pretty. It is downright cruel and nature is unfair. In America we benefit from living in a bubble where we’re shielded from terrible atrocities around the world. We take for granted our great privilege of living in a free country where at least there is the potential for opportunity.
The leaders in our country would have us believe that it is our government’s responsibility to help struggling countries. This takes the form of sending in troops, sending money, and opening hospitals or other public facilities. That all sounds nice right? Only a few problems;
- The American people don’t have enough control over which country our tax payer money is sent.
- We can’t send money to every country, and American’s might disagree on which country help.
- The countries we do help usually have untapped natural resources (i.e. uranium, gold, oil, etc).
- When we exchange foreign aid for access to those resources, it goes to the rulers of those countries and doesn’t reach the people.
- Somehow these deals only go to friends of the politicians making these ideas.
When you take into account these five factors, don’t you see where altruistic motives can be used against us to actually cause more harm than if we had done nothing to begin with?
Let’s look at some of the countries where the worst abuse occurs.
What this foreign aid looks like
If you take a look at the numbers. Foreign aid always comes through a little sketchy. Most of the countries are extremely poor run by dictators, the aid never reaches the target, and the country has some natural resource that miraculous gets in the hands of American businesses.
- $5 trillion worth of natural resources
- The mineral industry of Kazakhstan is one of the most competitive and fastest growing sectors of the country. Kazakhstan ranks second to Russia among the countries of the CIS in its quantity of mineral production.
- Kazakhstan heavily restricts freedom of assembly, speech, and religion, and torture remains a serious problem. In 2016, authorities jailed and aggressively harassed a dozen activists in multiple cities of Kazakhstan who rallied against land reforms.
- Remains a country with large scale poverty. Nearly half of the country is considered to be in a low income class. Roughly 47 percent of the population maintains a monthly income of approximately $70.
- U.S. firms invested more than $42 billion in Kazakhstan between 1993 and 2013. These companies are concentrated in the oil and gas, business services, telecommunications, and electrical energy sectors.
- Received millions in aid under the Obama administration.
- Yes Haiti, the country that is always in perpetual revolution.
- Over the past five years a few companies have undertaken exploration and now they are trying to get licensed to explore further. Recent estimates suggest that around 2,400 sq km of northern Haiti – or about 8% of the surface of the entire country – could be ripped away from local farmers and given to US and Canadian companies.
- The mineral wealth for this area, which includes gold, copper and silver, is estimated to be worth more than $20bn (£12.1bn). Alarmingly, some contracts have been granted behind closed doors, without scrutiny or participation by Haitian civil society or parliament.
- Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.
- Haiti not allowed to make it’s own economic decisions. Much is dictated by the U.S. in exchange for any aid.
- Long harsh history of brutal dictators being overthrown by more brutal dictators.
- The United states allegedly orchestrated a coup d’estate against President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.Aristide was forced into exile, being flown directly out of Haiti to the Central African Republic, eventually settling in South Africa.
- Between the fiscal years of 1995 and 1999, the U.S. contributed roughly $884 million in assistance to Haiti. Although there have been 13 billion aid money to Haiti after the 2010 earthquake, many people still live in bad conditions
Democratic Republic of Congo
- Congo’s potential, like most of Africa’s, is immense and unmeasured. It has everything that the rest of the planet needs for the future; the highest reserves of mineral ore, thousands of square miles of fertile land and the second largest rainforest in the world. The energy of its huge, fast flowing river could power up much of southern Africa.
- A large chunk of people in the Congo live below the poverty line threshold of $1.25 per day.
- The U.S. simultaneously gives aid to the Congo, as well as Rwanda and Uganda, two countries that brutally ensure the Congo never has stability.
- The war in eastern Congo is the worst war in the world, costing according to some estimates five million lives.
- Surprise surprise, the top U.S. import from the D.R.C. is oil, accounting for more than 90% of all U.S. imports.
Clearly aid doesn’t look like what we think it does. Aid is paying your uncle to help take care of his kids while he sleeps in a mansion, the kids sleep in the shed, and you taking the children’s trust fund. This modern era colonialism wouldn’t be possible without the bogus foundations causing the mayhem.
Bogus foundations mix pay for favors
It is not always direct aid from the United States that gets corrupted. It is often charities and foundations that are government adjacent. You’ll find that the foundation is run directly or indirectly by someone close to power in the United States.
Exhibit 1: The Clinton Foundation
Oh the Clintons would turn any starry eyed socialist into a cynical libertarian. They know every trick in the book, and in fact they wrote it! The credits:
- Of the 154 people who met with or had conference calls scheduled with Hillary, at least 85 donated to the Clinton Foundation, according to an Associated Press analysis. The 85 donors gave a combined total of $156 million to the Clinton Foundation, and at least 40 gave more than $100,000 each. At least 20 gave more than $1 million.
- Clinton purports to be a defender of women and has talked about running coal miners out of business (an extension of the Left’s hatred for “Big Oil”), yet her foundation has taken money from countries that commit human rights abuses against women and make their money from selling oil.
- In February 2015, The Wall Street Journal reported that Australia, Germany, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and a Canadian government agency that was trying to get the Keystone XL pipeline built all donated to the Clinton Foundation.
- While his wife was the secretary of state, Bill Clinton’s speaking fees magically doubled and tripled, from about $150,000 a speech to $500,000 for a speech in Russia and $750,000 for a speech in China. The State Department approved these speeches.
- In Haiti, Kazakhstan, and the Democratic Republic of Congo the Clinton Foundation was found there selling off those countries resources!
Those dirty dirty Clintons! I had to take 30 showers after supporting Hillary.
Exhibit 2: The McCain Institute
Mr. McCain, the blowhard, the man the myth, the Grandstander himself. He has a charity, though not as ostentatious as the Clinton Foundation (and honestly who does it like the Clintons?), it is still very sketchy.
- According to Reason Magazine: Publicly, the institute’s biggest issues are combatting “modern slavery,” addressing human rights abuses abroad, using technology to solve humanitarian problems, and pushing a vague pro-development and democracy agenda globally in order to promote peace. In practice, this often looks like advocating for U.S. action in Syria and tougher penalties for prostitution while helping develop new digital surveillance technology and facilitate international business relationships.
- The McCain Institute’s top donors include the same seedy businesses as the Clinton Global Institute.
- In 2012, the McCain Institute received $8,685,619 in donations, gifts and grants. Yet their expenses were a mere $500,000. In 2013 they again, only contributed $500,000 of their endowment. In 2014, the McCain Institute received $1,305,000 and donated $1,500,000. All of the donations made by the McCain Institute in 2012, 2013 and 2014 went to the Arizona State University Foundation,
- Most board members have a tenuous connection at best to human rights, but plenty to do with industries McCain oversees in Congress.
- Take copper and gold mining company Freeport-McMoRan, which gave at least $100,000 to the McCain Institute, and whose former CEO sits on the McCain Institute Board of Trustees. Sen. McCain has vocally supported McMoRan’s copper mining plans in Arizona, even as Freeport-McMoRan has continued to engage in a highly controversial mining operation in Indonesia, and the institute’s annual Sedona Forum has let Freeport-McMoRan execs and Indonesian authorities bond in luxury and privacy at the Enchantment Resort.
At least in colonialism of times past, countries were honest about their motivations. Perhaps that is a drawback of democracy, you have to cloak your actions in good intent. When authority comes from the people, you have to convince them that your actions are just.
I’m all for encouraging morality and having humans raise each other up. Caring for your neighbors so no person goes without is very important. However, if there is a policy or government program that depends upon human being altruistic, it is bound to fail and be overrun with wolves.
But rest easy, at least we’ve gotten out of the giant wealth transferring schemes of the TPP and Paris Climate Accord! Now that foreign aid will slow down, maybe soon it will stop. So stop supporting it. DO NOT TRUST THEM WITH YOUR MONEY.
P.S. Maybe we should give Trump some credit since he plans on ending these gross payouts to countries with oppressive dictators.