Several decades ago, a youthful idealist said to me, “Many allowances are made for the illusions of youth, but few are made for the disillusionment of old age.” Now that I’m older, I believe that the idealist spoke better than he knew. There’s no conflict between idealism and disillusionment. Idealism has more practical value once the matrix of illusion is shattered.
The documentary Iraq for Sale details how both war and foreign aid is a self-perpetuating scam.
For genuine foreign aid, corporations do have legitimate interests. So do governments, and so do non-governmental organizations. Rather than shock doctrine, disaster capitalism, or embezzlement by gangster government, I propose a strategic fit among the legitimate interests of corporations, recipient societies, and concepts of social and environmental responsibility (CSR) as defined by non-governmental organizations.