Thursday, December 24, 2015
On the Claim Made by Marxist Academics and Others that Colonial Britain (and, Believe Me, I Am No Fan of the British) "Plundered" Africa and Refused to Reinvest There
Objectively bullshit. As Harrison, Huntington, Mercer, and others have pointed out, practically the entire infrastructure of Africa (as it pertains to agriculture, mining, commerce, finance, industry, etc.) was built by colonial powers (most of Sub-Saharan Africa didn't even possess the wheel prior to European contact) with the lion-share of that being built by THE BRITISH!! An, while, yes, the period of colonization itself was often less than ideal (horrible in the case of the Belgians), even that period has been characterized by no less than Moeletsi Mbeki (brother of former South African President, Thabo Mbeki) as better than what exists today. So, yeah, maybe we all need to stop beating ourselves up and realize that the troubles in Africa have a hell of a lot more to do with tribalism, racism, horrible economic models, and a variety of repressive regimes that would have made Joe Stalin proud and much less to do with colonialism. Just a thought, folks.