Why failed states are a danger to us all
Why Humanists must concern themselves with global politics and cultivate a global perspective.
As I write this, America is recovering from an Ebola scare. Ebola, a potentially deadly West African disease, has made it to America. It was only a matter of time. We live in a globally connected world. People travel. Diseases travel with them.
The spread of Ebola may have been preventable though. One of the reasons it go out of control is because the country it is ravishing (Liberia) has no central government organized well enough to control it.
Yes, Liberia has a government. According to Wikipedia, it is run as a constitutional republic. But Wikipedia also lists Somalia as being parliamentary republic.
Having a government doesn’t mean your government has the ability to do things. In the case of Liberia, the government had no ability to enforce let alone create quarantines. It had no ability to provide an education campaign to help people whose family members have Ebola understand how not to contract it or spread it to others. It couldn’t even provide hospitals and doctors and nurses to staff them and care for patients.