Tuesday, September 10, 2013

The (Not Really) Definitive "Is China a Neo-Colonial Power" Discussion

Join your hosts WinslowRobertson and Dr. Nkemjika Kalu as they engage in pseudo-intellectual navel-gazing: whether China is a neo-colonial power or not. However, not content to simply discuss this issue as is, they are adding an extra layer of texture by using former Ghanaian President/famous Pan-Africanist Kwame Nkrumah’s definition of the term "neo-colonialism" from his 1965 book Neo-Colonialism, the Last Stage of imperialism. Enjoy!

PS We love Kenya!



The essence of neo-colonialism is that the State which is subject to it is, in theory, independent and has all the outward trappings of international sovereignty. In reality its economic system and thus its political policy is directed from outside. (Nkrumah, Neo-Colonialism)

The result of neo-colonialism is that foreign capital is used for the exploitation rather than for the development of the less developed parts of the world. Investment under neo-colonialism increases rather than decreases the gap between the rich and the poor countries of the world. (Nkrumah, Neo-Colonialism)
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