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[People in the developing world] are dying from development

April 2007

[People in the developing world] are dying from development. There were no starving people in Africa until the colonial powers came in and forced people out of their nature-based cultures to make them slaves in the extraction of "resources." What these people need is to be permitted to live autonomously in balance with the Earth, not to be made dependent on still another layer of expenses and "experts" and poisons to half-patch the troubles caused by the last layer. Of course, it's a little late now that the forests have been cut down. I'm not sure how we're going to get out of this hole, but at least we need to stop digging.

— Ran Prieur, How to Drop Out: criticism and response