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Should the West give development aid?
The West has a moral and historical responsibility to support development in the
due to its colonial past, unfair trade policies and financial capacity.
Colonial exploitation experienced by many countries in the Global South contributed/s to their current disadvantaged situation and the lower capacity for development.
Global trade rules put in place by Western nations over the past decades have disproportionately disadvantaged the Global South.
The West has the financial capacity to provide development aid to the Global South without risking its own people's lives.
The West owes something to it's former colonies and other states that were exploited and destabilized with violence in the past.
The West is greatly responsible for generating the conditions that lead to the underdevelopment of some countries and that still preserves it. As a consequence, the West must provide development aid, but focused on removing such conditions.
Using the input of cheap labour and resources from the Global South, the West managed to highten their own capacity for development. As a result, the West’s wealth is partially based on the historical injustice done to the Global South, which as never been repayed.
Western citizens have no inherent obligation to provide for other regions of the world. Aid, which uses tax payers' money, is illegitimate as it does not return benefits to the people that pay for it.
The West's moral obligation is to stay out of the affairs of the Global South. The idea that these countries are unable to develop on their own is deeply patronizing and contributes into a narrative of Western superiority.
It is equally morally injust to further cooperate and finance elites and ruling groups which were not elected in open and fair election but instead still benefit from power gained during colonial times.