Anti-capitalist exploitation of the poor

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Tyler Cowen is in top form in his review of the documentary film The End of Poverty:

Given the obvious intent that The End of Poverty should be a film version of a propaganda poster and a recruiting device for a new era of anti-capitalist protest, it verges on embarrassing that, when all is said and done, this film does exactly what it complains about: It exploits and markets poor individuals from the South for the purposes of wealthier people, in this case Western moviemakers, commentators and intellectuals. It is striking how many of the people involved in this film have done very well financially or reputationally by marketing their ideas about the global South.

The film, apparently, bears no relationship to Jeffrey Sachs's book of the same name. (Hat tip: Chris Blattman)


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