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Development in Cairo

As Dyer points out, people everywhere want a better life for their children and will work and sacrifice as needed to provide it. He notes that Turkey doesn't have an especially good government; just not a very bad one. All that government need really do is two things: provide reasonable physical security from war and internal strife - which lets out many of the worlds poorest countries - and prevent internal corruption and criminality from making people believe that all their efforts will be stolen from them - which lets out most of the rest. Given both those two rules, he writes, any nation can lift itself from poverty to reasonable comfort in three generations.

© Roy Brander, P.Eng 2008