The time wasted wasn't just for them, it was for us. But this society is too fucking stunned to figure that out. So, they get to learn the hardest way.
Poverty wasn't just ignored, it was monetized
It's grossly pathetic, but I've read ZERO essays in all of these past several years that deal with the issue of Third World poverty at the root cause level. What I come across instead is always the same recycled Ponzi Globalization bullshit that has been failing for decades straight. But the people suffering have no voice, so who gives a fuck?
Third World exploitation is baselined into Developed World GDP now. We take what they sell, mark it up 10x and call it "branded merchandise" aka. first quarter GDP. Without them none of "this" works. Even the esteemed ludicrously overpriced universities cranking out World Bank economists, would not be whole, were it not for this model. So it's just assumed that "they" have to keep cranking out the cheap junk for Walmart. Otherwise, "this" would all end.
These "well intended" masters of disaster all have one thing in common, they really give no thought to the likelihood of achieving a rising standard of living under the full force and weight of an unlimited labour supply. Globalization created that massive labour pool by essentially opening up all markets to multinationals and allowing them to arbitrage supply ACROSS the labour pool rather than matching supply and demand WITHIN each national territory. They separated supply from demand to ensure that supply could be optimized aka. exploited at the lowest cost achievable globally at the marginal cost of labour i.e. $2.50/day. We treat human beings like an unlimited supply of firewood. There for our taking and used up in grotesquely vast quantities, without the least bit of generalized concern. Exploiting Third World factory slaves is baselined into our GDP now. Without them, none of "this" works.
We're next in line, and the society of liquidators only knows how to sell economies, not how to make one.