How foreign aid screwed up Liberia's ability to fight Ebola

Foreign aid has created a hopelessly dependent political class that stays in business by ignoring good governance and begging its Western benefactors instead

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President Obama is sending military personnel and $750 million to Liberia and other Ebola-afflicted countries in West Africa. At this point, such aid might offer the only hope of containing this deadly epidemic — but foreign aid also had a big hand in creating Africa's Ebola problem in the first place.

How? By breeding a dependence mentality that has prevented these counties from generating their internal institutional defenses to deal with public health emergencies.

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