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The Locust Effect: Why the End of Poverty Requires the End of Violence | [Gary A. Haugen, Victor Boutros]

The Locust Effect: Why the End of Poverty Requires the End of Violence

While the world has made encouraging strides in the fight against global poverty, there is a hidden crisis silently undermining our best efforts to help the poor. It is a plague of everyday violence. Beneath the surface of the world’s poorest communities, common violence—like rape, forced labor, illegal detention, land theft, police abuse and other brutality—has become routine and relentless. And like a horde of locusts devouring everything in their path, the unchecked plague of violence ruins lives, blocks the road out of poverty, and undercuts development.
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Publisher's Summary

While the world has made encouraging strides in the fight against global poverty, there is a hidden crisis silently undermining our best efforts to help the poor.

It is a plague of everyday violence.

Beneath the surface of the world’s poorest communities, common violence—like rape, forced labor, illegal detention, land theft, police abuse and other brutality—has become routine and relentless. And like a horde of locusts devouring everything in their path, the unchecked plague of violence ruins lives, blocks the road out of poverty, and undercuts development.

How has this plague of violence grown so ferocious? The answer is terrifying, and startlingly simple: There’s nothing shielding the poor from violent people. In one of the most remarkable—and unremarked upon—social disasters of the last half century, basic public justice systems in the developing world have descended into a state of utter collapse.

Gary A. Haugen and Victor Boutros offer a searing account of how we got here—and what it will take to end the plague. Filled with vivid real-life stories and startling new data, The Locust Effect is a gripping journey into the streets and slums where fear is a daily reality for billions of the world’s poorest, where safety is secured only for those with money, and where much of our well-intended aid is lost in the daily chaos of violence.

While their call to action is urgent, Haugen and Boutros provide hope, a real solution and an ambitious way forward. The Locust Effect is a wake-up call. Its massive implications will forever change the way we understand global poverty—and will help secure a safe path to prosperity for the global poor in the 21st century.

©2014 Gary A. Haugen and Victor Boutros (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

What the Critics Say

"The Locust Effect is a compelling reminder that if we are to create a 21st century of shared prosperity, we cannot turn a blind eye to the violence that threatens our common humanity." (President Bill Clinton)

"The Locust Effect provides a much-needed argument for reducing violence against the poor.... By reminding us that basic legal protections are not a privilege, but a universal right, Gary Haugen has issued a moral call to arms that informs the brain and touches the heart." (Madeleine Albright, Former U.S. Secretary of State)

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    Benjamin Harack Regina, Saskatchewan Canada 01-08-15
    Benjamin Harack Regina, Saskatchewan Canada 01-08-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Thorough, clear, challenging, and timely."

    An absolute must-read for everyone interested in the end of poverty. Go read it now, and your understanding of the developing world will be significantly changed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David Hoeilaart, Belgium 01-07-15
    David Hoeilaart, Belgium 01-07-15 Member Since 2014
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    "An Important Message"

    This book changed how I view poverty, justice, and development priorities. The author puts forward a compelling case for the need for better criminal justice systems in developing countries. He explains the reasons that prevent it, and lists practical steps to overcome them. It is both a distressing and a hopeful message. From now on, when I am considering a charity to support, I will look into their efforts in this area.

    The narration was smooth, allowing the message to come out clearly.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Shamarie 05-01-14
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    "Challenging but worth it"

    I found this book challenging to listen to not because of the narrator or how it was written but because of the content. However, I highly recommend this book to anyone who is truly interested in understanding the roots of corruption, sexual slavery and all the other things that go on in so called developing countries..

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Samuel Hakes Washington DC 07-24-15
    Samuel Hakes Washington DC 07-24-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Must Read for Understanding Poverty"

    This book is full of revelations and insights in to the underpinnings of poverty around the globe. It paints a bleak picture of humanity and our lack of compassion on the poor, yet, unlike some books on global poverty, it gives us hope for redemption and meaningful solutions. Just when you think the book is getting repetitive it begins to uncover more truths from history, so stay with it.

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    zachery 06-21-15
    zachery 06-21-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Must listen.., the poor are crying out!"

    The author did s great job laying out incredible cost to the poor and to the world! It was emotional and heart felt but backed up by hard statistics.
    He also showed me that as hopeless as it looks it is not and why, as well as sharing concrete examples of success .

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    Marie WASHINGTON, DC, United States 04-08-15
    Marie WASHINGTON, DC, United States 04-08-15 Member Since 2010

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    "Depressing."

    This audiobook was so depressing I could not finish it. I couldn't listen to it for any length of time. So I stopped and had no desire to go back to it for the sake of my own mental health. Also if you are the kind of person who needs trigger warnings, stay the hell away from this book. The part that I did get through dealt with rape and murder and the injustice that follows.
    The narration is fine and the author's words made the situation really real, but maybe a bit too real and too maddeningly depressing.
    I'm sure it is a 5 star book for someone with a stronger constitution than mine.

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    JH 02-15-15
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    "Tedious repetition"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The same points are repeated ad nauseum, often verbatim. The book easily could have been 30 or 40 percent shorter without losing anything.


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    The voice artist's performance was often flat, adding to the tedium effect.


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    I enjoyed Half the Sky and this is definitely in the same genre. The content and message were informative and on point. The writing, unfortunately, needs editing.

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    Reachinghigh Novi, MI United States 01-23-15
    Reachinghigh Novi, MI United States 01-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Well written, informative, transformative book"

    This book exceeded my expectations making the case for the relationship between violence and poverty particularly in the developing world. We have reason for alarm and for hope.

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    Kyle R Young Melbourne 01-08-15
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    "Challenging subject matter"

    This is a really confronting book at times, but yields amazing insights into the world we think we know and challenges your world view.

    I was particularly stunned at the reality of violence against women and the poor in Bangalore, India- given the view in the developing world that it is India's silicon valley and a modern day economic miracle, and through work have daily interaction and dealings with this part of the world- to say this book has adjusted my worldview is an understatement.

    While completely different in purpose, the magnitude of dissonance this inspired in my view of the world reminded me of "Man's search for meaning" by Viktor Frankl, in that you can't read this detailed summary of the effects of violence on the poor across the world and come away the same thinker as you were before- and what more could you ask for from a good non fiction book?

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    Craig C. austin, TX United States 01-01-15
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    "A Very Important Book"

    This is an essential book for anyone involved in providing any aid or services to poor underdeveloped countries. It should also be read by people who involved in foreign aid, charity donations, and others assistance programs. It should also be read by folks who are hypercritical of U.S. law enforcement to help put their views in a wider context.

    Security and safety are such basic needs that we too often take for granted. Without meeting security and safety needs advances up Maslow's hierarchy of needs will not happen.

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