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Sunday, December 05, 2004

A MODEST PROPOSAL FOR AFRICA

I am dead chuffed to be able to repeat a posting of mine Jerry Pournelle has put on his site (The First Blog) this Saturday. This was in response to a news item about how, in Somalia, where there is no government free enterprise is actually working amazingly well & that, as an example, they have a mobile phone system considerably superior to their better, or at least more, governed neighbours.

Subject: SOMALIA: Cell Phone Service to Die For

If we are serious about providing aid to Africa I suspect the best thing we could do would be put enough equipment into geosynchronous orbit to run a cell phone network covering the continent.

I suspect it could be done for what we are currently spending on aid but on the other hand it wouldn't increase either the power or the Swiss bank balances of friendly dictators.

Neil Craig

I thoroughly recommend www.jerrypournelle.com to anybody who would like to see how the world ought to be run.

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