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Salient: Victoria University Students' Paper. Vol. 25. No. 11. 1962


Independence is not the end of tutelage; it merely holds it up to auction, Hence economic aid.

This is not to decry all the motives which move wealth from the richer countries to the poorer. The desire to relieve misery is always very strong; perhaps predominant in countries like New Zealand which stand to gain very little in the way of political influence.

Nor is it to attach any stigma to the receipt of economic assistance by the poorer countries. Whatever the motives of the givers, the recipients are that much better off. After all, it is the free worker who is bid for.

Nevertheless, the flow of international economic assistance would not be of its present size (which is not great) if the donor countries did not hope to exert influence, or to neutralise that of others.

The evidence of this motive is not lacking. The rich countries of the world have all resisted the channelling of their aid through the United Nations (which at least has the virtue of including the recipients) but have insisted on bilateral schemes (this includes the Colombo Plan). Consequently, to avoid the political interference which attends economic aid the poor countries have turned increasingly to ask for loans instead: though redeeming them is likely to be a crippling burden for years to come.