If I have no money, I have to earn it somehow. Normally I prefer to work and get paid with money, so I can "save" the fruit of my efforts for later
Or you could lend, steal or beg. Or print it. Or whatever, it has almost nothing to do with work, other than one of its many uses is to compensate for work. But its also used to to compensate crime, that doesnt mean money somehow represents crime, or does it?
I took a quick look at the histories of those countries, very quick mind you, and it seems like they've all had some form of regime change quite recently. And it also seems like they were constantly facing regime changes through out history. Also, they seem to have some kind of government currently as well.
Of course they have a government in name. But they are so ineffective outside the capital cities there might as well be none.
What you get is others filling the void. There is always a demand for power, absent a functional government its being taken by warlords, tribes, religious fractions, and quite importantly, foreign multinational oil and mining corporations that actually govern key area's in Congo and Nigeria. Free market capitalism at work. Go on a trip and see how well it works for them.
There is no reason to assume it would work any differently in any other region in the world. FWIW, Somalia, long before it was called that, was actually a vibrant and prosperous region once.
The difference is when people are governed, they give up some of their responsibility to the government. When you take it away, they are like lost children.
Thats such a ridiculous blanket nonsense statement. You think the average Nigerian, Somali or Congolese hasnt learned to take responsibility for providing for his/her family by now? They have had to do so for generations. Much good it has done to their economy.
They have to learn how to form a proper society and this takes time. You say it can't work, I disagree. I think it can work sooner in developed countries with a functioning government that provides some freedoms (e.g. the U.S.) faster than it can work in the chaos of a failed state.
Wait.. are you saying governments provide freedom?