“What freedom has our subsistence farmer? He scratches a bare living from the soil provided the rains do not fail; his children work at his side without schooling, medical care, or even good feeding. Certainly he has freedom to vote and to speak as he wishes. But these freedoms are much less real to him than his freedom to be exploited. Only as his poverty is reduced will his existing political freedom become properly meaningful and his right to human dignity become a fact of human dignity.”
– Julius K. Nyerere, President of Tanzania (1964-1985)
This question has probably been up for debate for as long as “development” has been on the international agenda: Should economic development take priority over civil/political rights? Or are the two inextricably linked, and therefore need to be built up simultaneously?
What do you think?