TRUE. I do not expect the powers which extract to maintain will sway from their current course except in as much as is necessary to deal with "contingencies" - unless the general consensus begins to shift. I do believe that many people who have relative social mobility and the access to resources go along with it because of lack of knowledge of alternatives(EDUCATION - as you pointed out) and a relative sense of privilege maintained by our current standing within the system. Our wallets, purchasing decisions and investments are the life's blood that ensure our complicity. I am wondering from my vantage point, as the bottom falls out(whether vis-a-vis economic, environmental, or other) and the traditional standing of those once privileged is challenged(the white middle class) - where will the anger be directed, at those who have less, or those who have more? Or will it be the impetus towards a longing to reach for something that is both secure, self-sufficient and more symbiotic?
"All the stock exchanges in the world are pre-occupied with Africa's gold, diamonds, uranium, platinum, copper and iron ores. Our CAPITAL flows out in streams to irrigate the whole system of Western economy. Fifty-two per cent of the gold in Fort Knox at this moment, where the USA stores its bullion, is believed to have originated from OUR shores. Africa provides more than 60 per cent of the world's gold. A great deal of the uranium for nuclear power, of copper for electronics, of titanium for supersonic projectiles, of iron and steel for heavy industries, of other minerals and raw materials for lighter industries the basic economic might of the foreign Powers comes from OUR continent.
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Experts have estimated that the Congo Basin alone can produce enough food crops to satisfy the requirements of nearly HALF the population of the whole world and here we sit talking about regionalism, talking about gradualism, talking about step by step. Are you afraid to tackle the bull by the horn?"
- Kwame Nkrumah
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