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Hans Rosling

Director, Gapminder Foundation


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What are your thoughts and questions on "the magic washing machine"?

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  • Mar 23 2011: Another way to classify people below the poverty line is to divide people who each provide energy for themselves from those who get energy from others. That observation reveals the political fact behind the uneven distribution of washing machines. Before you get a washing machine, you must get a supportive political system.
    My country has a political system that enables the distribution of human effort for mutual benefit. For people who produce their own energy no political arrangement gives incentive to community development.
    Without recent political change in China, more billions would still be producing their own energy. If only all the poor countries had the drive to militarize that has driven China to seek an improved economy.

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