On May 7, 2004, Theodore Dalrymple gave a speech at Princeton University as part of a three-day conference entitled, “How Does Development Happen? A Conference in Tribute to Peter Bauer”. The event was hosted by the James Madison Program at Princeton University and honored the work of the great development economist that Dalrymple was honored to call a friend and about whom he had written before.
His speech cites his experiences in Julius Nyerere’s Tanzania in support of Bauer’s work. Nyerere’s ideas and policies were precisely those against which Bauer fought: the hatred and demonization of profit, the control of products and prices, and the almost unending flow of state aid from Western to Third World nations. The results were exactly those that Bauer predicted: impoverishment, oppression and “the complete politicization of life”.
I would like to thank Betsy Schneck and the other fine folks at the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University for making all of the conference speeches available online.