Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 7:30 – 8:45pm

William Easterly
Breaking the Cycle of Poverty

Great Hall; enter on Eighth Avenue. $5.

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The Tyranny Easterly jacketLiving wage initiatives have the potential to impact poverty in King County, but globally, the cycle of extreme poverty continues. In his latest book, New York University’s William Easterly looks at traditional approaches to global poverty and why attempts at a solution have not only been unsuccessful, but harmful. The “experts” of the world — politicians, relief organizations, and others — are solving immediate effects of poverty, but not addressing the root cause. According to Easterly, poor political structure, violation of freedom, and dictatorship are advancing this web of poverty. In The Tyranny of Experts: Economists, Dictators, and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor, he outlines the history of the fight against poverty, highlighting how these efforts have (and have not) made an impact. He argues that in order to free the world’s poor, respect for individual rights and political status quo need to be reordered. Easterly is the author of The White Man’s Burden and Co-Director of New York University’s Development Research Institute.

Presented by: Town Hall, in partnership with Humanosphere, Global Washington, the Seattle chapter of the Society for International Development, and University Book Store, as part of the Civics series. Series supported by The Boeing Company, the RealNetworks Foundation, and the True-Brown Foundation. Series media sponsorship provided by The Stranger and KUOW.
Tickets: $5.
Town Hall Member Benefits: Priority seating, discounted onsite book sales.
Doors open: 6:30 p.m.
Learn more: About Easterly.

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  1. Posted March 19, 2014 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

    I have great respect for William Easterly. It looks like he is the only one in the West who has the heart and the mind to feel what the poor in Ethiopia and around the world is going through.

    I am not advocating for riches and an economic miracle for the poor in the third world countries. I have seen what damage this has done to the soul and the nature of people in the West-selfish, unnatural, pride etc. What I want for the poor of the third world is freedom from poverty, hunger, and persecution as well as living under complete terror.

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