The Politically Incorrect Guide to Ending Poverty

What would happen if you attacked poverty with a culture transplant?  Take a needy third-world country, and have them voluntary cede a piece of land to, say, the Canadians, where their laws and customs would be sovereign.  There build a “charter city” in which migrant labor would be welcome, but only if they played by the new rules.  Some decry this as not only neo-colonialism, but neo-feudalism.  But when Britain did something like this in the last century in Hong Kong, it may have inadvertantly started a process that brought more people out of poverty than all of the world’s foreign aid in the entire 20th century.  This audaciously controversial idea is now being taken seriously, says The Atlantic.

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