Hi,

- ''But beyond a certain point of development, on this same basis, it is more important for a people to have guns in hand than to eat more than the year before.''

This sentence is from Fanon's A Dying Colonialism, p.12. I would like to ask if we can use 'ing' instead of 'to eat' after 'than.' Plus, I would like to ask if we can omit 'to.'

- ''But beyond a certain point of development, on this same basis, it is more important for a people to have guns in hand than eating /eat more than the year before.''

Thanks.