The White Man’s Burden

The international community should not keep rubber-stamping these illegitimate outcomes in the name of maintaining a supposed peace. The consequence of doing so is to continue the exclusionary systems of government that fly in the face of demographic and political changes.

Governance in much of Africa is shit. So, we want colonialism back? Whitey comes to do the governing?

10 thoughts on “The White Man’s Burden”

  1. Authoritarian and dictatorial governments are repressive, corrupt and inefficient. Their main interest is to retain power and loot public resources for the benefit of a few political elites, leaving the majority of citizens in poverty.

    But enough about the West…

  2. “Their main interest is to retain power and loot public resources for the benefit of a few political elites, leaving the majority of citizens in poverty.”

    Africa sounds like a perfect Macchiavellian set-up.

    In any case China owns Africa these days. The despots in power don’t care what the West thinks as long as the roads and stadia are being built and their Swiss bank accounts filled.

  3. It is important for both the African and global communities to take a tough stance on these illiberal regimes. Staging elections is part of the dictators’ playbook because it creates a facade of democracy. There is no point in recognising unfair elections, such as Uganda’s in January – it only serves to legitimise and entrench authoritarian regimes.

    Good-oh! More wars for ‘Democracy’ it is then; after all. it’s worked really well in the Middle East.

    Sorry Africa, IDGAF, you’re no longer our responsibility, you need to grow up and fight your own battles.

  4. Dennis: Oppressor, Warmonger, Capitalist and Consumer of Petroleum Products

    China can have Africa. They will come to regret it soon enough.

  5. “Whitey comes to do the governing?”

    Alas, judging by the NGOs, the Whiteys would not be of the calibre of the District Commissioners of long ago.

  6. dearieme said:
    “ would not be of the calibre of the District Commissioners of long ago”

    Let’s face it, the UK’s own Cabinet is not of the calibre of the District Commissioners we used to send out to govern Africa.

  7. Africa already does judging by the anti-Chinese feeling in many countries.

    Chicoms giving most of their jobs to their own and Africans get the leavings is one reason.

  8. So Much For Subtlety

    Africa needs some high IQ people to run some of the infrastructure. It may be that low IQs are genetic. Let’s assume not. They may be due to poor nutrition and the disease burden – much more comfortable as assumptions go.

    The solution would have been an aristocracy. You cannot feed the poor until the state works. The state cannot work without some high IQ people. So feed a minority well before the majority. But that is not going to work with Big Man-ism and African Socialism. That will just feed some Swiss bankers well.

    So the alternative is to import some high IQ people from elsewhere. British District officers for instance. But that is not acceptable so the Chinese it will have to be. Whether they are resented or not is irrelevant. Either Africa wants railways that work or they don’t. If they do, well, they need the Chinese.

    In the meantime this article seems to be an objection that the Big Men of the independence, and now post-independence, generation took all the good jobs and kept the noses of people like the author out of the feeding trough. The young demand their right to the swill! Well OK but I doubt it will help Africa.

    In the words of someone else, let Africa sink. Or not. Their choice.

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