" Post-war Western Europe and Japan reconstructed into a modern economy through massive aid provided through the Marshall Plan, and many developing economies in East Asia (China, Korea, etc) and South Asia (e.g., India) have taken off because of large injections of external aid and, of course, the determined will and good policies of those nations." While that is true to a larger extent, I strongly argue that for example the post-war Europe was different in one very important way compared to current day africa: There was a strong sense and tradition of respecting the rule of law. Didn’t already Einstein say that Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Nothing draws you a better picture where we stand than this site http://www.youintheworld.info/. Really puts things in perspective. I believe it’s about time to change something or at least stop expecting to see different results from doing the same thing over and over again.