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Friday, 28 January 2011

Why do things fall apart in Africa?

Things have fallen apart in Africa for a long time because of colonialism, capitalism, socialism, Marxism, communism, tribalism, ethnic chauvinism… neoliberalism, globalism and what have you. Things are in total free fall in Africa today because Africa has become a collection of vampiric states ruled by kleptocrats who have sucked it dry of its natural and human resources. It is easy to blame the white man and his colonialism, capitalism and all the other “isms” for Africa’s ailments, but as Cassius said to Brutus in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar: “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves.” The fault is not in the African people, the African landscape or skyscape. Africa is rich and blessed with natural and human resources. The fault is in the African brutes and their vampiric regimes.
You can read the rest of Alemayehu G. Mariam's diagnosis here


  1. From time in memorial, regimes have ignored the importance of safeguards of the greater good. Any safeguards are trumpled upon by the big and mighty that have the power to do so. 'Safeguards' that work to their advantage are left. Consequently, any brave-intelligent person who aired their criticism would for instance be sold to slave traders. People sold in exchange for little commodities like salt, a few ornaments for prestige and sometimes mirrors. Today grandchildren laugh but the trend is the same-for a few billions, nations are sold.

  2. " But over the last one-half century, colonialism has become extinct and the white man has “left” Africa. "

    Who mines copper, cobalt, let alone diamonds, in the DRC?

    Who has the national monopoly on diamond mining in South Africa and Botswana?

    How many military interventions by western powers have there been in Africa since 1960?

    Who has left, where?

    " The African leaders who replaced the colonial masters have not hearkened back to pre-colonial Africa and used traditional values and methods to hold the center and keep things from falling apart. Rather, they have followed in the colonial footsteps and lorded over vampiric states which have attenuated and frayed the fabric of the post-independent African societies to ensure their hold on power. "

    It is called neo-colonialism. 45 years ago, former Ghanean president Kwame Nkrumah wrote of this phenomenon in great detail:

    Neo-Colonialism, the Last Stage of imperialism Kwame Nkrumah 1965
    The mechanisms of neo-colonialism

    If 'things fall apart', it is because they are made to fall apart. Like the Zimbabwean currency, whose fate was sealed not in Harare, but in the United States Senate, through the Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic Recovery Act of 2001, Sec. 4C titled Multilateral Finance Restriction.

    To appreciate the extent of the rot, have a good look at the sponsors and co-sponsors of that bill.


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