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Libertarians blame governments for famines, but Amartya Sen attributes famines to declines in ability to obtain food, which can be due to governments or to natural causes or to market peculiarities. Democratic governments have always been able to respond to these declines and prevent or alleviate famines. Capitalism and globalization has been behind famines in many nations.


Late Victorian Holocausts, Chapter One. [More...]
Globalization and free market ideology caused the adoption of a strict laissez-faire approach to India's Great Famine of 1876–78. The result is estimated at 5.5 million people dead.
Late Victorian Holocausts: El Niño Famines and the Making of the Third World (book) (1 link)


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