Foreign aid – an anachronism or a necessity?

Foreign aid has long been seen as an easy budgetary whipping boy in US politics, despite the fact it amounts to an almost insignificant portion of the annual buget. A more pertinent question is whether foreign aid actually achieves its stated goals – to assist nations in strengthening their economies and enabling individuals to improve their living conditions. Of course, there are two sides to every story.

London Telegraph columnist Tim Worstall argues that foreign aid has not been a benefit to poor countries and should be ended.

Countering Worstall is Max Boot, who asserts that gutting funding for the State Department, which governs foreign aid programs, is a crucial element of American foreign policy and is necessary for its success.

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