In cases like the Irish famine, should private companies be allowed to export food from starving nations?

The Irish famine of the 1840s is a great example of free market economics. The land owners had plenty of food, but the poor had no money to buy it. The food was exported to countries with populations that could buy it. Government stayed out of it because it was the market in action, and was forbidden by law to force them to sell it to the Irish.

over 2 million died.

so does the rights of a few individuals (the corporations, companies) supersede the needs of the masses (the Irish)?

does the private individual still have the right to sell precious resources at the expense of the "lazy" Irish?
@dr. phil of sh*t: no, I left out an integral part of my question. I only got 3 answers on my last question, one of which was a conservative who said he didn’t know how to answer me.

2 Responses to “In cases like the Irish famine, should private companies be allowed to export food from starving nations?”

  1. Thalia Says:

    That often happened in the British Empire.

    Millions died in India as well during a famine in the early 1900s, at which time most of the food was exported by British companies.

    Another time they declared war on China, when the Chinese tried to stop British merchants from selling opium.

    A purely free market system can be very amoral.

  2. rozmenko Says:

    the potato famine owed to britains loss of tax revenue from former colonies ( the US),,,the brits imposed rule over subdivided farm plots,(crappa,the cause was state power),,,,putting the chosen
    BUREAUCRATS in charge of collecting rent form tenants who were formerly OWNERS
    the potatoe famine owed to the depletion of soil nutrients,leading to overgrowths of FUNGUS


    otherwise decent english,sovietski nyetskyi poopskyi,,,sov statism caused death and starvation to millions,ever here of that?,n korea fearless leader kim doo how dong poo starved a couple million people in 93-97 ( n korean figures),2.5 to 3,000,000 people