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The Forgotten Failures of the Peace Corps

Written By: James Bovard  |  Posted: Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

            This is the fiftieth anniversary year for the Peace Corps. Prior to the creation of AmeriCorps, the Peace Corps took the cake as the most arrogant and overrated government program in Washington. At a time when the agency is being hailed for idealism and almost saving the world, it is worthwhile to consider its early record of debacles and defaults.

            A 1980s Peace Corps recruiting brochure proclaimed, "Most people talk about world problems. The Peace Corps solves them." The Peace Corps's world-saving pretensions were a joke on American taxpayers and Third World folks who expected real help.

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