"Africa is, indeed, coming into fashion." - Horace Walpole (1774)


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi there. thanks for your posts. quick question on the first bullet. the link seems to lead me haywire and i was just wondering whether you could post the link again. i work in MF and just want to make sure that i havent missed some important news.

thanks. keep up the good work.

Friday, September 25, 2009 3:17:00 AM

Blogger texasinafrica said...

Oops! Sorry about that - it's fixed now.

Friday, September 25, 2009 8:23:00 AM

Blogger Kilgore Trout said...

I think I may have a different understanding of the resource curse, because I do not understand your point about the United States. For me, two things were important for the resource curse to apply.

First, the amount of money received from taxing resources must exceed a certain level (about 35% of total revenue), which would rule out the United States as an possible figure, but not Norway. Second, chronology is important. The discovery of the natural resource must precede the development of strong institutions. Thus, the significant level of revenue from the natural resource inhibits the development of strong institutions. So, Norway is out. But not Angola, Nigeria, Chad, etc. I don't know enough about UAE to comment.

Friday, September 25, 2009 11:59:00 AM

Blogger texasinafrica said...

Good points. I'm mainly referencing the version in popular discourse (especially about the Congo & coltan right now), which is the idea that resources = war, poverty, misery, lions, rape, etc. Of course, it's much more complicated than that. But I think the key is in the institutional variables, not the resource ones, because you see similar effects in all places that lack strong institutions, whether they have natural resources or not. Right?

Friday, September 25, 2009 11:37:00 PM

Blogger Dustyn Winder said...

I'm quite excited for the conference. I'm in your court with the concentration on institution. Ready to see that view represented.

Thanks again for coming.

Sunday, September 27, 2009 1:46:00 AM

Blogger Charlie Mac said...

I'm sure Glenn Beck will be shocked to learn that he had anything to do with the hanging in KY. Maybe he needs to write a book about how to argue with people who disagree with him?

The rising costs of any product or service, other than luxury items and taxes, have a much greater impact on low income people. I suppose one could argue that even rising taxes and the cost of luxury items also impact poor people even thought they do not pay these items directly out of their wallets?
Charlie Mac

Monday, September 28, 2009 6:33:00 AM

Blogger Probably Derrill said...

[Re: This is just appalling]

In the article you cite, the police emphasize over and over again that they do not know what has happened and everything is pure speculation. For you to jump instantly to the conclusion that Glenn Beck should take note shows a lack of care that is present in your many posts on Africa. I seem to recall many people blaming Rush for the Unibomber until it came out he acted out of environmentalist rage. You treat African leaders you disagree with better.

Friday, October 02, 2009 1:58:00 PM


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