The West

Aid to Africa is the problem, not the solution, according to Dambisa Moyo, Zambian-born economist and author of Dead Aid. She discusses the issue with Richard Dowden, executive director of the Royal African Society, and Standpoint editor Daniel Johnson

‘Having banished the West’s Judaeo-Christian heritage, we are now investing the advent of Barack Obama with a quasi-messianic significance that no American president can possibly fulfill’

‘The post-1989 temptation in Prague has been two-fold. The first has been to legislate the totalitarian past out of existence, the second has been to copy the liberal West blindly at a lag of 20 years’

‘It is not inevitable that Western values will remain pre-eminent, but the decline of the West is a self-fulfilling prophecy and for that reason alone must be rejected’