Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/11/29/development-failed-project
Perhaps a simpler and clearer history perspective on colonialism and post-independence is this essay
Yes, and this one of the reasons for the EU. The European experience in Africa is that they became rivals with one another for the same resources. They looked to Latin America and recognized how it was so much easier for the USA and its Corporations to control Latin America then all of those Countries in Europe each trying to hold a piece of the pie in Africa.
Thus the EU was born. United they could crush Africa and keep them under thumb so as to extract resources for the good of Europe into the distant future. As a super-colonizer they now rival the USA.
All this high-level academic language and thinking, still seems trapped in the colonized euro-centric construct. OK, sure, post-development, de-development, let’s just boil it down to DECOLONIZE. And yes, decolonize “the metropole,” to cop some academic terminology. Decolonize the USA, Britain, Europe, as well as all the places they colonize.
“Here we are coming full circle. By acknowledging the colonial legacy of ‘development’ as a project, as a discourse, as a concept, the Global North needs to confront itself. A ‘practical postdevelopment’ first of all must mean to ‘undevelop’ the North. Postdevelopment starts ‘at home’.”
Decolonization / undevelopment / postdevelopment, call it what you want, the whole monstrous project of conquest genocide enslavement and “resource” extraction that rose from the European “liberal enlightenment” must be ended. It is ending one way or another, as the destroyed ecology brings the whole system to the ground.
i suppose it is OK that there are “academic discourses” about this. But it seems far more understandable to talk about decolonization, going to the roots of colonization as it emerged and grew out from Europe, and dismantling it in our consciousness and in the world. To give the ecology, and humanity, a chance.