Which Way for the Third World?

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As part of the general zeitgeist of the immigration debate and the current political climate, people are waking up to just how terrible life is outside of the United States. In the third world countries, things are absolutely deplorable, in ways that few Americans can hardly imagine.

The worst countries seem to have a lack of the Judeo-Christian values we simply assume is present everywhere. Notable, they lack any respect of private property, any notion of honesty or trustworthiness, nor any sense of duty to one’s fellow man.

Given the fact that most of the world’s natural resources are “owned” by third world countries, and our modern economy is finding increasing need for the resources they own, there are only two ways to proceed:

  • Colonize the third world country, by creating a community made up of Western people, which may or may not hire locals as employees.
  • Contract with the leaders of these countries, and let them do whatever they feel like to uphold their contracts, such as using slave or child labor, and oppressing people in their wages.

It’s really a catch-22, because we have been raised to believe that colonialism is always bad. Isn’t it terrible that we go into an area and wipe out millennia of history and culture, and replace it with our own?

I think as the world watches the slaves or children labor to create the products they need, they’re beginning to understand what colonialism was all about.

First, colonists do not have any respect for the government of the land they are colonizing. Tyrants, dictators, and warlords are rejected outright, in favor of the government of their country of origin. This leads to war, obviously, and the colonists better have plenty of troops, weapons, and ammunition, because they tend to be outnumbered. If the colonists can show sufficient strength, or convince the local leaders that they should be left alone, then perhaps they can have a few years of peace. But as the colony expands, and as the disparity in the quality of life between the colonists and the natives increase, war is almost certainly inevitable.

Second, colonists bring their own values, government, and structure to the land. If they do incorporate the natives, historically as slaves, but lately as employees, then they expect the natives to behave like proper citizens of their country. IE, it would be supremely unfair for an American company to use slaves in Africa, even though the use of slaves is perfectly tolerable to the natives there. Instead, American companies operating in Africa are expected to hire the locals and pay them a fair wage. In exchange, the American companies are going to demand that their employees live up to the standards of the company, just as any other employee, and we wouldn’t mind seeing people get fired for showing up late to work, or shirking their duties.

Of course, the companies would rather bring people from their own countries in rather than hire locals, which is what you often see, particularly for jobs that the locals can’t be trusted to do. (How often do you see a local run payroll or handling accounting?)

Third, over time, the colony either fails (as it becomes too expensive to maintain without enough profit) or consumes the native population. Of course, the colonies can also drive the natives off their land, as we did when we colonized America. People don’t seem to mind so much when they watch third world countries gradually evolve into first world countries as they people become civilized and more and more land is controlled by the colonial interests. They seem to get excited when enough people have adopted our Western culture that they demand responsible government or even representation.

Looking at colonialism, I have to wonder what was so evil about it in the first place. Perhaps it was one of the things the communists hated because civilized people don’t like communism, and had the Western free powers continued their policies of colonization, it would’ve ended any hope the Red powers had of expanding. For instance, had France successfully continued the colonization of Vietnam, how would communism have ever taken root there?

So, while we pursue a more conservative approach to immigration, let us also remove the stigma associated with colonization. I think it’s high time we were more honest about the reasons why it is preferable over contracting with the local governments, and the benefits it brings to the people so colonized. We don’t need to bring the third world here to improve their lives, we just need to send our people there to change their lives.

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One Response to “Which Way for the Third World?”

  1. Jason Gardner Says:

    Watch a movie called “Empire of Dust.” It’s a Chinese movie about the Chinese colonization of Africa.The Chinese have no sympathy whatsoever for the plight of blacks. Hilarious, because the Chinese don’t lie.

    Some key lines are when the Chinese lecture their black interpreter.

    “You were governed by a European country for so long. You should have learned how things work. Experience should have been passed on. Only that way can you develop.”

    “But you went backwards instead of forwards. You neglected the things others had left you. What’s more, you completely destroyed them.”

    It’s funny because it is the truth and the Chinese don’t have any problem telling the truth.

    The solution is to stop aiding their growth. No more food subsidies, no more aid food. They should live or die by their own merits. No more living off of the west, and now east.

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