The Johannesburg Earth Summit is already proving to be a bust, but that hasn’t stopped the first round of America bashing. The British delegation thinks the US should do more to help the world’s poor – by agreeing to targets that are unfeasable and never will be met.
This is another futile exercise in bureaucracy, and nothing more. The targets that will be set will be meaningless, and the real causes of Third World poverty will remain unsolved. Meanwhile, Robert Mugabe’s reign of terror will also escape the notice of the summit.
The real way to eliminate poverty is through free and open trade, internal support for private property rights, reducing corruption, and encouraging legal free enterprise. The Johannesburg won’t even touch on these issues. Rather, it will encourage "ecologically sustainable" developments that will just retard the growth of the Third World even more. There will be much talk, and nothing gained. Like the last Earth Summit, it’s a giant circle jerk for world leaders who want to show how much they care for the poor while screwing them over with trade barriers and ineffective IGOs. The US is right to sit this one out – we’ve more important things to do, such as liberating entire nations from tyrannical regimes.