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Author: George B. N. Ayittey
ISBN: 0312164009
Subcategory: Politics & Government
Pages 399 pages
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan; 1st edition (December 1, 1997)
Language English
Category: Politics
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by George B. N. Ayittey


George Ayittey is one of a few African scholars committed to advancing the ideals of classical liberalism. This is clearly demonstrated in his previous books, Indigenous African Institutions and Africa Betrayed.

George Ayittey is one of a few African scholars committed to advancing the ideals of classical liberalism. In Africa in Chaos, Ayittey advances the arguments made in those books, provides a detailed report on the chaos in Africa, and proposes various reforms to deal with the crisis. It is an excellent chronicle of events that have led to the demise of civil society in Africa. A clear indicator of the chaotic state of affairs is the economic condition of Africa.

Jeremy Harding, New York Times robust, provocative. Ayittey takes no prisoners. a brave and reflective book. The Wall Street Journal.

George B. N. Ayittey in Applied Economics for Africa . Ayittey in Applied Economics for Africa explains economics in a way that African students of the subject or anyone interested in economics would understand using local examples. Applied Economics for Africa is published by Atlas Network in association with African Liberty. Bono and George Ayittey. Dr. Ayittey has written several award-winning books on Africa, including Africa Unchained: The Blueprint for Africa’s Future and Defeating Dictators: Fighting Tyranny in Africa and Around the World, and has appeared on numerous television and radio programs such as CNN, BBC, and Voice of America.

by. Ayittey, George B. 1945-. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Africa - Economic conditions - 1960-, Africa - Economic policy, Africa - Social conditions - 1960-, Africa - Politics and government - 1960-. New York : St. Martin's Press. inlibrary; printdisabled; ; china. Internet Archive Books. SIMILAR ITEMS (based on metadata).

Ghanaian-born economics professor George . Excellent book by Ayittey showing the yet again the failures of the liberal-left vision, and its cynical collaborators in business and government bureaucracies

Ghanaian-born economics professor George . Excellent book by Ayittey showing the yet again the failures of the liberal-left vision, and its cynical collaborators in business and government bureaucracies. Yet again and again Western taxpayers are called upon to prop up these vampire states- money down an endless rathole. The "leaders" of many of these failed states have been feted and celebrated in the liberal West, none more so than Nkrumah, Nyerere, and Kaunda.

George Ayittey (born 13 October 1945) is a Ghanaian economist, author and president of the Free Africa Foundation in Washington DC. He is a former professor at American University.

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New York: St. Martin's Press, 1998

New York: St. Martin's Press, 1998. Lecture or Sermon? Ayittey has given us a bitter cri de coeur which will convince the convinced and leave the unconvinced in a state of ambivalence and skepticism.

Explores the effect of colonial European government systems on Africa's economic and political situation at the end of the twentieth century
Nnulam
People of the world do not have much knowledge on what is happening in Africa today or what happened in the past, especially here in Latin America. I know a few things about Africa and to tell you the truth, I always try to watch BBC World News in order to know a little bit more of Africa's current affairs. When you know about Rwanda genocide or todays Mugabe Zimbabwe's, you begin to wonder about what is wrong in this part of the world, why these people cannot organize themselves, why is so easy for these people to corrupt themselves and kill others with such savagery. Even the Afican populated country of Haiti, here in the Caribean, one of the poorest countries in the world, cannot improve its situation.

Well, this book explain very eloquently the problems of Africa, I cannot say that was a fluid reading though. But I learned some facts about this continent, even a country I did't know of its existance ... Central African Republic. But what is wrong with Africa? In my opinion, the problem is their people and please and I am not being racist (here in Latin America we also have some problems related to the people that inhabit it), just that is the people who choose their liders, the people is involved in civils war, the people who so easily corrupt themselves and the people who have a high developed self interest (self enrichment) with total disregards of their fellow countrymen. I know this does not sound very diplomatic, but I think it is time to be honest with the problem, so in this way solutions can be found. I also must say that for instance, the current president of Liberia, Mrs Ellen Johnson, seems to be doing a really impressive and hopeful job as President ... the "Iron Lady", and I hope for her the best...more women like her are needed in positions of high responsability in Africa and the world.

So what to do with Africa? In my humble opinion, instead of lending money to countries with no future, I think the UN should involve itself in the problem more deeply by creating a transition government, and this is the difficult part because I am not talking about democracy. If you had the chance to watch BBC Series Why Democracy, you realized that some countries are not really prepared for democracy. So in this transition government, everything is managed by three persons, two appointed by UN and one from the country (to say something), where their duties are to restore order, to restore the economy and to improve education .. and here, all the countries of the world can help Africa by receiving people and offer them a job and, maybe, scholarship education, so they can grasp the culture for a year. But those are just words, a difficult task indeed, so for now we only have to wait that at least one country of Africa make the difference (not counting South Africa).. everybody is waiting for that. Read something about Africa, anything!
Ariseym
This is a devestating indictment of the small percentage of the African population that keeps the rest uneducated and in poverty. Yet it is Pro-Africa in that the solutions proposed are from the continent's tribal past.
African-Americans, who want a deeper understanding of what is happening in Africa today and why it is different from the pre-colonial past, will appreciate this book. Others, such as Cynthia McKinney and Carol Mosley Braun, who would prefer to rub shoulders with the same leaders who are causing so much harm to their countries, will feel better if they continue to keep their head in the sand.
SmEsH
Well written and clear novel
Winotterin
Excellent book by Ayittey showing the yet again the failures of the liberal-left vision, and its cynical collaborators in business and government bureaucracies. Yet again and again Western taxpayers are called upon to prop up these vampire states- money down an endless rathole.
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The "leaders" of many of these failed states have been feted and celebrated in the liberal West, none more so than Nkrumah, Nyerere, and Kaunda. Buit it is all hypocrisy and delusion. Some claim glowing accomplishments by these leaders, but in fact things like high literacy rates are carry-overs from the colonial administrations. In short, the literacy rate and educational opportunities were ALREADY rising rapidly when the colonialists pulled out, rendering claims of "improvement" in these areas suspect. The same pattern is repeated in economic development. Agriculture and industry were ALREADY expanding when the kleptocrats and dictators took over. Under them this progress not only declined but in many cases simply vanished.
As for Nkrumah's or Nyere's much touted educational "progress" and "free" medical care, it was neither progressive or free. What use is "free" when your "health" clinics are chronically short of medicine, and competent staff? Just how much "improvement" is there when you don't have enough money to staff or maintain your "free" institutions to even minimal standards? What use is "education" amid cruimbling schools and unpaid teachers, or when you are herding forcibly herding people into dirty, poverty mired "ujamma" villages to be harangued by party hacks about "African socialism"? When has "socialism" fed starving people?
Ayittey exposes the bogus claims, and nonsensical fantasies, and cynical self-serving by Western elites and their vampire-like African compradors. A great read, but of course- no one will lesson while even yet more millions of Africans are needlessly sacrificed to fulfill the greed, corruption and self-congratulatory fantasies of Western elites and their African lackeys.
Dusar
...and a much-needed counterblast to their towel boys in TransAfrica, The Nation of Islam, and too many American universities. The book is a litany of outrages, failures, and incompentence, linked together by the author's exposition of Africa's pre- and post-colonial history and economics. His picture of pre-colonial democratic Africa may be too rosy--the baroque cruelties reported by early European explorers do not figure here--but any surviving shred of tradition has to be better than the "vampire state" that most sub-Saharan Africans are saddled with now. The litany of horrors tends to get numbing after a while, but that's scarcely the author's fault. Blame the Western press and intellectuals for their silence, and Western aid, which helped prop up these terror-regimes for so long.
I resubmit this review, to link with my current list.