Escape your life for a little while — come play in mine.

I don’t have any expert analysis

Posted by Lissa on September 29, 2008

 . . . but I urge you to read it, in and of itself.

The diggers feared – and their evil, sinister bosses had worked hard on that fear – that if people like me publicised their filthy way of life, then the mine might be closed and the $3 a day might be taken away.

I can give you no better explanation in miniature of the wicked thing that I believe is now happening in Africa.

Out of desperation, much of the continent is selling itself into a new era of corruption and virtual slavery as China seeks to buy up all the metals, minerals and oil she can lay her hands on: copper for electric and telephone cables, cobalt for mobile phones and jet engines – the basic raw materials of modern life.

It is crude rapacity, but to Africans and many of their leaders it is better than the alternative, which is slow starvation.

Africa was and is a black hole for humanity.  It has nothing to do with the skin color of the unfortunate, sad people who are unlucky enough to be born there instead of here, and everything to do with the utter and absolute morass of death and decay that inhabits that continent.

I don’t have an answer.  I don’t have a solution.  The liberal recommendation would be to send more money, more aid and more food.  It’s certainly a humane suggestion, but it leads to corrupt governments and rich leaders who oversee their starving beggars with consummate indifference while ensuring that we face the same problems ten years from now, and twenty, and thirty.  The conservative recommendation would be to stop feeding corruption and stop fattening the pockets of the oligarchs until they clean out their clotted, festering pools of bribery and crime and at least make an ATTEMPT at democratic legitimacy.  Alas, that leads to China buying up the land and peoples, the result of which you can read at the link.

I somtimes think that, if there is a God, s/he has much to answer for . . .

(I think this link came from the Hot Air headlines, but it’s not there anymore

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