In school we are taught that the West’s history of imperialism and colonialism is a stain on an otherwise stuffed ledger of historical accomplishments to be admired. Lands were conquered and subjugated, native peoples enslaved and exploited. Natural resources stolen, cultural artefacts expropriated and shipped back to the imperialist nations. The poor outcomes seen in these areas of the world are often explained away by blaming the lasting legacy of colonialism. Since that time, decolonization as a widespread movement happened and former colonies now have many decades of freedom under their belt. This isn’t a post about benefits natives have enjoyed as a result of modernization at the hands of colonialist powers, as espoused by the likes of Jared Taylor. Nor is this a post about other (more credible) explanations for poor outcomes today, like the relationship between IQ and ethnicity. This post is about how the West never truly ended its colonialist subjugation and exploitation of impoverished nations and peoples, although the form it took might surprise you.
An interesting point in the current debate surrounding migration, particularly as it related to the European migrant crisis, is that opposition to current patterns of migration aren’t simply based on “racism”. It is perfectly possible to be strongly and vehemently opposed to third-world migrants coming into Europe, America and other Western nations out of a concern for the long-term welfare and well-being of these peoples. Even if we for the sake of argument pretend that migrant-related terrorism and violence wasn’t a thing, I and many others would still oppose the current flood of people coming into our homelands. We can go further, even if the migrants held the same beliefs as we do about the status and rights of women, my opposition would remain. How can that be?
When we address unfortunate facts of life, such as the millions upon millions of people living in abject poverty, with non-existent prospects for a good future, we must remain firmly grounded in reality. Wishful thinking only takes up the mental space and energy that should be devoted to actually accomplishing sustainable solutions to complex problems. As a simple example will show, reality isn’t cooperative with delusional idealism. Raising the minimum wage won’t lift the poor of Africa out squalid living conditions onto the ladder to prosperity. Jobs don’t grow on trees, employers can’t survive the laws of economics by employing people generating less wealth than their wage in the long run and remain in business. We must accept that incremental improvement is the way to go.
Western governments and NGOs have for many decades been intimately involved with foreign aid projects in Africa and other poor and former colonialized nations. Tremendous amounts of money, time and efforts have been expended, and yet poverty remains. Just like LBJs “War on Poverty” served to cement poverty as a fact of American life rather than offer a permanent fix, foreign aid hasn’t succeeded in solving the problem. I’m not going to accuse NGOs and charities of wanting the problem to last indefinitely in order to preserve their raison d’être (just like governmental welfare agencies aren’t incentivized to solve problems and thus abolish themselves and their own jobs), but it could be a factor.
Rather than allowing the slow-moving but constant improvements of marked based economic activity lifting people out of poverty sustainable, politicians and ideological busybodies have for decade after decade interfered in the internal affairs of former colonies. Giving foreign aid while at the same time having stiff import barriers (I’m looking at you EU) doesn’t make much sense. Why not allow these poor countries to (slowly) prosper by selling their wares into the West? Western aid also often comes with strings attached to it. Thus, the West is able to exert political control (albeit indirectly) over former colonies. The optics have changed, but the underlying principle remains, poor countries subjugated to the control of the West.
One of the worst parts of allowing those of the third world to flood into the West is that this is colonialist exploitation of natural resources necessary in order to put these underdeveloped countries on the ladder to prosperity. Smart, high IQ, rich (i.e. in possession of investment capital), thrifty, entrepreneurial, people able to see where their countries are heading and on are the first to leave these countries for greener pastures in the West. These are precisely the people necessary in order to forge a good, prosperous and sustainable future for these countries. The poor huddled masses that remain sees their prospects for escaping misery shrink for each person “fleeing” to the West. This is nothing else than a new form of colonialist exploitation, siphoning off the best and brightest and bringing them into the West (to serve as cheap labour for multinational corporations).
Foreign aid is the modern form of colonialist government and migration is the new slavery (in that it siphons off people) and exploitation of natural resources (IQ and human ingenuity). Shrouded in positive, feel-good words about helping the unfortunate, the Western foreign aid complex is basically filling the role that used to be filled by trading companies, viceroys, colonial armies and the like. The poor, underdeveloped and unfortunate masses of people in the third world suffer just the same, having the chances of a batter future robbed out from under them.
There is a difference between acute aid following a natural disaster like a hurricane, extreme drought, earthquakes and so on and so-called aid for decade after decade cementing the subjugated status of these countries to the elites of the West. I say it is time to clearly distinguish between the two and to move on from our colonialist and imperialist past by ending their successors today. Let them be, leave them alone. Stop suppressing their natural growth and the theft of intellectual and human capital. End foreign aid. Allow them to chart their own course free from the guiding hands of Western politicians, academics and ideologues. Free them from bondage.