The Very Good Bad Guys

I hate talking about politics, people around me know this. I don’t know much about politics either.

So if you’re like me – someone who doesn’t like politics – Please bear with me. I’ll try to make it as relatable as possible so you won’t have to force yourself to read through.

I was sent a video about two weeks ago and I watched it over and over again.


After watching this video I had mixed emotions – fear and anger, disappointment and hopelessness, then finally hope.

What was in this video?

Dr Howard Nicholas a Senior lecturer of economics at the University of Rotterdam, Netherlands was talking about… economics in Africa.

Well, in summary, he was saying

Sub-saharan Africa (eg Nigeria) have been fundamental to the growth of the advanced countries…
All the economical structures we’ve built and economics we teach everyone is all designed to keep Africa exactly where it is.
…whether it’s The United States or European countries or now China, we want (need) Africa to be where it is – Impoverished because we need their raw materials and we need them cheap. We will do everything to ensure Africa is where it is – A raw materials producer.

He also added;

If Africa becomes better – through Capitalism and major industrialization, it’ll affect the standards of living in the west.

Here’s the video.


https://youtu.be/SaqgQvLn5sQ


This makes so much sense. Let’s see Lybia as a case study.

The Lybia Story

After Muammar Ghadaffi seized power in a bloodless coup in 1969…Gaddafi first set about tackling the unfair economic legacy of foreign domination.

And of course, the westerners (especially The U.S.) didn’t like this “rough tackle”

Significant reserves had been discovered in Libya in the late 1950s, but the extraction was controlled by foreign petroleum companies, which set prices to the advantage of their domestic consumers and benefited from a half share in the revenue.

I found out more stuff from Wikipedia, check this out, guys:




I’m convinced that Ronald Reagan (USA president in the 80s) tried to taint Ghadaffi’s image, to ensure Ghadaffi looked like a terrorist in the world’s eye and ensure he is stopped/killed. This was achieved some 30 years later.

I’m not saying Ghadaffi was a saint, of course, he had his bad sides and did some bad stuff but his grand plan was the “major issue”.

Why was his demise so sought after? Because he wanted Libya (sub-Saharan Africa) to be like Europe.
Also for refusing aid from the westerners.
He also controlled Lybia’s “Oil” (Black Gold) and Chad’s Uranium (major material for creating nuclear weapons). They feared he might get powerful and execute these plans of his – An enviable sub-Saharan Africa






Ghadaffi when asked in an interview said:

“Was Reagan (USA president in the 80s)trying to kill me? Of course. The attack was concentrated on my house and I was in my house”, he also described how he rescued his family.

MORALITY

I am currently reading a book “The Evolution of Everything” by Matt Ridley.

In one of the chapters, He was talking about commerce being the cause of modern peace and morality;

At the same time, commerce led people to value the opportunity to be trusted by a stranger in a transaction. With increasingly
money-based interactions among strangers, people increasingly began to think of neighbours as potential trading partners rather than potential prey. Killing the
shopkeeper makes no sense. So empathy, self-control and morality became second nature, though morality was always a double-edged sword, as likely to cause violence as to prevent it through most of history.

In the same book, he cited John constable’s argument about the transfer of work ethic (energy) from generation to generation.

Africans were mainly into farming, Farming for their families (small scale) which required lesser work (energy) compared to Americans.

While Americans (and Europeans) mainly were into industrial revolution (Coal mining, Steam & Diesel engines etc) which required greater work ethic and energy which has been passed down to the next generation.

Citing Chapter 4 (Evolution of Genes) from the same book;

“Suddenly, just as the eukaryotic (r)evolution vastly increased the amount of energy per gene, so the Industrial (R)evolution vastly increased the amount of
energy per worker. And that surplus energy, as the energy economist John Constable, argues, is what built (and still builds) the houses, machines, software
and gadgets – the capital – with which we enrich our lives. Surplus energy is indispensable to modern society and is the symptom of wealth. An American consumes about ten times as much energy as a Nigerian, which is the same as
saying he is ten times richer.”


The products gotten from industrial revolution were excess and were exported to Africa. Thus made us major consumers

And they want it to remain that way – Never wanting us to become a capitalist society, a manufacturing society.

Dawkins was famous for the ideas set out in his book The Selfish Gene.

“We are survival machines – robot vehicles blindly programmed to preserve the selfish molecules known as genes… A female deer exhausts her reserves of calcium producing milk for her young, not to help its own body’s survival but to pass the genes to the next generation. Far from preaching selfish behaviour, therefore, this theory explains why we are often altruistic: it is the selfishness of the genes that enables individuals to be selfless”

The westerners (especially USA), being selfish, preserving thier genes (people) not caring who gets harmed in the way (Africa).

I digress, but you get the gist.


Anyways, back to Ghadaffi and Libya.

According to telesur:

“By the time of his (Ghadaffi) killing, Libya had the highest GDP per capita and life expectancy on the continent. Fewer people lived below the poverty line than in the Netherlands.”

Also;

NATO’s interference in the internal affairs of Libya and the overthrow of Gaddafi were not the result of a conflict between Libyans but to a long-term regional destabilization strategy for the whole group in the Middle East.

There you have it, folks.

Let’s be aware and awake to who the real bad guys are.

The Nigerian Government have their bad sides. They could be corrupt and malignant but are not to be entirely blamed for all these (bad economy, killings etc)

The west – Europe and USA precisely – I believe are the major reasons for the impoverishment of Africa.

But There’s Good news, now we’re aware.

Now we know the major solutions – Capitalism and industrialization (focusing majorly in manufacturing, not just extraction and consumption.)

The rise of the Chinese economy from a “bad economy” to what they are now is so awe-inspiring.

I read this article about China’s Growth from “Every CRS report” and it made me optimistic, it gave me hope for Nigeria’s future (and hopefully Africa’s)

Pls give this a read, it’s worth it;

https://www.everycrsreport.com/reports/RL33534.html

Here’s an excerpt;

“Prior to the initiation of economic reforms and trade liberalization nearly 40 years ago, China maintained policies that kept the economy very poor, stagnant, centrally controlled, vastly inefficient, and relatively isolated from the global economy…Now, China has become the world’s largest economy (on a purchasing power parity basis), ‘manufacturer‘, merchandise trader, and holder of foreign exchange reserves.”

Spread the news.

Capitalism. Industrialization. Manufacturing.

So when it’s our turn to rule, let’s do better and let’s be different, never ever ever to be caught under the subjugation of the west The Very good bad guys.

I believe it’s only going to get better from here on out.

Peace out.✌🏾



Sources: The Evolution of Everything – Matt Ridley

https://www.everycrsreport.com

YouTube (Dr  Howard Nicholas) – https://youtu.be/SaqgQvLn5sQ

Wikipedia.com

The internet.

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