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Old 30 Dec 10, 07:01
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A fair counterpoint to my strident statements...

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Originally Posted by Anglopole View Post
Is socialism a bad thing? Thats a matter to debate. I am no left winger but I think you are mixing up socialism with harder versions like Bolshevism or Maoism.

The Colonial powers also drew borders that were pathetically thought over. Causing many years of inter-tribal strife. That is the effect of colonialism.
The world powers did not set up the colonies out of altruism for the native inhabitants, the "white mans's burden" argument was more of an excuse for establishing markets and securing raw materials. The borders were drawn for geo-political and not local ethnographic reasons, and the West has had to pay the price for such actions from WW1 to the Middle East today. My attack on socialism was the version where it was used as an excuse for kleptocracy by the likes of Mubuto and Mugabe.

That still does not change the fact that the colonies got far more than was taken and owe the West for whatever good is to be had today in their countries. Democracy is a Western concept.
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