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Comment Re:When You Hear Talk About Any Reform (Score 1) 220

Collier argues that there are also downsides to the tech giants' plans to shift more bright, young, enterprising people from the poorest countries to the richest

MOST of those young, bright and enterprising people from the POOREST COUNTRIES won't get ANY chance to tap on their potential in their own country, and I am speaking as someone who had been through exactly that scenario.

When I came out of China, back in the early 1970's, China was in a VERY TERRIBLE STATE.

Millions of ordinary citizens had died of hunger.

Social upheaval were everywhere - goons waving that little red book were ransacking/looting people's houses they accused of "anti-revolutionary".

If I WERE to stay in China, I had only two choices:

Well, there was the third choice... Do something to make it better. Allowing people like you out of the country also acted as a kind of relief valve, reducing the internal pressure to change. You leaving has retarded the social growth of China. That is just one of the downsides.

"I'm not afraid of dying, I just don't want to be there when it happens." -- Woody Allen