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130 Post author: Yvain 24 December 2010 09:26PM

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Comment author: TimS 06 December 2011 09:06:01PM *  0 points [-]

You are equivocating on the word fuzzy. There's a contrast between doing something because it feels good and doing something because it actually helps others. Contrast serving food at a soup kitchen on Thanksgiving, which makes one feel good vs. serving food on some random day in June, which is probably more helpful to the soup kitchen. The first act provides "fuzzy." The second provides more social utility.

None of this asserts that maintaining relationships is not valuable or real. The argument is that transformational relationships have less payout per effort than other social improvement acts (like donating lots of money).

And one point of anti-Aid groups is that international donors are so consumed with "trendy" types of aid that they crowd out both African self-improvement and foreign aid that might help. For more on Dead Aid in particular, you might find this developmental economist's take interesting.

Comment author: Boyi 06 December 2011 09:23:33PM 0 points [-]

" The argument is that transformational relationships have less payout per effort than other social improvement acts (like donating lots of money)."

I realize this is the argument, it is what I am disagreeing with.