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Old 02-22-2016, 12:34 AM
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A house divided cannot stand. I say that internal strife and division among its own people is the reason for a lack of progress.
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Old 02-22-2016, 08:00 AM
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It was colonialism. Internal strife caused by arbitrary boundaries drawn by Europeans.
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Old 02-22-2016, 10:01 AM
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The collapse of the slave trade weakened Africa.
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Old 02-22-2016, 11:42 PM
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'Socialism' until the 90s was more about nations allying themselves with the USSR than about worker emancipation. If their enemies were allied with the US, then it made sense for them to ally themselves with the Soviets because the whole 'sphere of influence' thing basically guaranteed them weapons, training, diamond customers, etc.

And the Scramble for Africa did a lot more than just 'teach the savages' that government was about exploiting each other-- it also intentionally turned the native tribes against each other in bitter rivalries to deter uprisings, and forced the concept of nation states on people who had lived pastoral hunter-gatherer lifestyles for thousands of years... and as per the usual with capitalism (and state capitalism is also capitalism), the predators and opportunists took over.
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Old 04-16-2016, 12:16 PM
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I'm surprised that not enough of Africa's new leaders had been influenced by the more capitalist/mixed economy approach they saw in the western countries that many had studied in. Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana lived and studied in the U.S. So I would think after seeing how well the U.S economy worked overall that would have made him more open to capitalism rather than going the socialist dominate route that he tried with Ghana.
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