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How “Progressives” Prevent Progress, Case # 23,098
Posted By Don Boudreaux On January 10, 2011 @ 8:32 am In Cleaned by Capitalism,Environment,Everyday Life,Growth,Hubris and humility,Risk and Safety,Standard of Living | Comments Disabled
This report in yesterday’s New York Times  offers evidence of the extent to which “Progressives” will go to stop progress – evidence of the filth and pollution that flesh-and-blood individuals are obliged to endure when economic growth is forcibly halted – evidence of the utter arrogance and selfishness of rich-world elites, and of their propensity to treat other human beings as objects for amusement.
Here are the opening paragraphs:
Abba Maiga stood in his dirt courtyard, smoking and seething over the fact that his 150-year-old mud-brick house is so culturally precious he is not allowed to update it — no tile floors, no screen doors, no shower.
“Who wants to live in a house with a mud floor?” groused Mr. Maiga, a retired riverboat captain.
With its cone-shaped crenellations and palm wood drainage spouts, the grand facade seems outside time and helps illustrate why this ancient city in eastern Mali  is an official World Heritage site .
“When a town is put on the heritage list, it means nothing should change,” Mr. Maiga said. “But we want development, more space, new appliances — things that are much more modern. We are angry about all that.”
It is a cultural clash echoed at World Heritage sites  across Africa and around the world. While it may be good for tourism, residents complain of being frozen in time like pieces in a museum — their lives proscribed so visitors can gawk.
Read the whole report – but only on an empty stomach.
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 This report in yesterday’s New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/09/world/africa/09mali.html?scp=2&sq=unesco&st=cse
 Mali: http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/international/countriesandterritories/mali/index.html?inline=nyt-geo
 an official World Heritage site: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/116
 Unesco: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/unesco/
 United Nations: http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/organizations/u/united_nations/index.html?inline=nyt-org
 World Heritage sites: http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/organizations/u/united_nations_educational_scientific_and_cultural_organization/world_heritage_sites/index.html?inline=nyt-org
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