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Submitted by Joshua Willis on

I have a question regarding the philosophy of "First we’ll grow our economies, then we’ll invest in our people." In this article, the stance is viewed very negatively, which I'm inclined to agree with- giving people greater access to health and education allows for the future to be more promising, not to mention the ethical benefits for today. There is merit to the stance; however, despite sounding coldhearted. If a country is richer, then they are able to invest more in their people. Focusing on building their economic position so that they are wealthier in the future allows for them to invest more in their people in the long term. So my question is, is it really that bad to put economic growth first? In the short term, people don't benefit, but this train of thought, if enacted with the right intentions, could lead to better conditions for people in the long term.

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