The Myth of African Poverty

There is a great fallacy, a lie perpetuated through history and around the globe: that Africa is poor.

Africa is presented as poor, because it doesn’t have any of this strange folding stuff called money. It has plenty of everything else, it is what capitalists and prospectors call resource rich.

Indeed, it is the most perfect place to grow our tea, coffee, cocoa… fruit, vegetables, flowers… and harvest our rubber, hardwood… oil… jewels, minerals… It’s enough to destabilise governments for!

We then offer them some of this folding stuff and they fall back into line. And lie and cheat and steal all the way from the top down, so this paltry representation of real value never gets anywhere near those who work the land or were driven off it. Yet because the dispossessed were duped with the concepts of land ownership and hierarchical authority (and violence), they feel disempowered and they too have fallen under the spell of this strange stuff called money.

Africa has never been poor. It has a history and wealth of diversity unequalled. And further, if we are to believe our anthropologists and geneticists, the very birthplace of humanity. Surprising then, is it not, that while in Western Europe and North America we’ve decimated the forests, worn out the soil, polluted the rivers and water tables and exhausted the mines, Africa remains, to the large part, thriving and fruitful. A godsend to Western governments with stomachs to fill, corporations with consumers to satisfy and banks with interest to manufacture.

Africa’s Western educated, financed, supported, armed leaders remain happy to perpetuate this myth, too ignorant or seduced to wish any change in perception: preferring the enormous power and the largely unsupervised bankroll. Corruption further suits Western interests: favouring personal/tribal associates, backhanders, etc. creating resentment, division, tension and potential conflict.

Manufacturing and maintaining divisions is a tactic that dates back two and a half millennia. More recent however is the lucrative and thriving arms industry, the UK’s only remaining indigenous industry, which reaps the benefit of internal repression and maintaining fictitious borders – while banks, merchants and Western governments profit from the extraordinary value such power hungry individuals place on violence, and how little value they place on basic foodstuffs.

Again, we find this strange folding stuff valuing the most useless and dangerous commodities with enormous worth, although they have no practical purpose, while basic nourishment, God’s gifts and harvesting, are valued as virtually worthless (one should however note, upon reaching Western supermarkets their value will have multiplied many, many times).

So we find the impossible situation, where the richest place on earth is labelled poorest, continues to haemorrhage genuine wealth, while being kept enslaved and divided through arbitrary concepts and artificial boundaries, turning tribe against tribe and hoodwinking the people with the lie of money.

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11 Comments

  1. Ok…
    So what is the point here?
    It is true that parts of Africa are definitely not poor.

    Without the intention of falling in to an argumentative fallacy, it is commonly known that many African countries have great resources of fossil fuels, as well as metal and minerals. Yet, the standalone fact that there are available resources, doesn’t mean that Africa is “rich”.
    Millions of people are infected with HIV and AIDS.
    Hundreds of thousands of people are starving.
    Thousands of people are killed each year in armed conflicts.

    I wouldn’t want to be blindly humanistic, but but an overlooked fact in the article that I am writing in response to is that a country’s citizens is one of it’s most precious resources.
    The fair statement that, the West is responsible for much of the problems, is very relevant. However, as long as the rulers of African countries disregard the crucial need of wealth redistribution; Africa will remain a poor continent.
    All of the world there is a clear correlation between a well-educated poplulace and wealth.

    What is see as a blind ultra leftist approach to the problems in Africa is ignorant,
    and doesn’t even try to find a solution.

  2. I think the point was well made in the article. Outside forces are the reason for most of Africa’s ills.

  3. well Dan, thanks for your comment but it seems you don’t understand or have deliberately missed and are attempting to obscure the point – and drag us back into a western/capitalist agenda. to briefly expand on a couple of your blind spots or obscurations:
    first off, all these so called countries are artificial European constructions, slashing their way through tribes and cultures – divide and conquer, a classic technique – with favoured puppets installed (and supplied with arms NB the arms industry is one of our most profitable industries, and the killing is being done with outside arms, with outside approval)
    and, take for example the region known as Kenya, a region where it is said millions are in danger of starvation. yet, visit any British supermarket and Kenya’s abundance is immediately obvious – avocados, beans, peas, mange tout, chillies, tea, coffee, chocolate… and flowers! – Kenyans do not starve because there is no food, they starve because the are poor. poor as defined by western banks and governments.
    just imagine if millions of Britons were starving and the government just let it happen while growing luxuries for export. there would be riots, outrage, and justifiably so.

    “ultra leftist approach” – try not to be a complete prick, huh?

  4. Now, what you seem to miss are simple basics of economy.
    Whether dictators are in power or not, they are not so influenced by the West that they don’t try to sell their “products” to a reasonable market price.
    The problem does still not lie in the fact that many African countries export most of the natural resources.

    You do touch the point that West has been known to install their puppet leaders.
    However, most of the leaders that were clearly installed by former colonialist forces have been usurped. Today, leaders do in fact more often than not try to denounce the west, yet they still want “West’s” money. Yet again it all boils down to the fact that their is no proper redistribution of the export money. I emphasize, it isn’t the export that is the problem, it is where the money is going!

  5. if you like. i’ve heard it a thousand, ten thousand times before

    i’m more interested in humanity than economy. economy, NB, that is valued and manipulated by western power structures.

    and, all these manufactured counties are bound to the international finance system, crippled by irresponsible lending and borrowing, and USURY!

    i have no interested in this neo-liberal slavery, where people get to vote for one of two oppressors, modelling their corruption on their western masters

  6. Africa has been a corporate looting ground at least since the “good ole days” of the various “East India” companies. Belgian, Dutch, English,Portuguese, etc. Now China is getting in on the act in C.A.R., Angola, Uganda, Sudan. And before any Chinese “blogers, ie comint agents-lol” jump all over this comment the facts are there. Nobody “donates” hundreds of police to local despots for aid, they’re there to keep an eye on rulers who might get cold feet. Not to say the West is innocent either.So called Western aid just puts its recipients further in debt with no way to pay the interest ( ie the usury), and only hold off collapse by leasing access to their resources. The western companies who rape the African continent are to numerous to list. It will never change though, the empires of capitalism are too entrenched and the African leadership non existent or paid off. Only a paradigm shift in thinking in the west and in Africa will change anything.

  7. I understand that what you want to relay here is that left to its own vices Africa would be the richest continent on the planet, certainly host to a great deal more in resource than say Europe or North America. But the fact is that we live in a world where the rules have been set by the slave masters and the slavery comes in the form of monetary control, which is in turn held afloat by the might of military.

    So when you define it, by these statistics wherein the definition of rich and poor is set by the parameters of who controls the most than location becomes a moot point. If Africa was a stable land and the powers that be were native, and heavily armed, then Africa would be rich. Alas it is not and the powers that control Africa are the defacto benefactors of this wealth because they can control it.

    Ergo, Africa is very very poor.

    • it’s about perspective.

      ‘poor’ in western, financial terms (at least as it’s portrayed in the media and at the UN &c.)

      and

      rich in terms of resources (and profiteering)

  8. All make a lot of sense. You should really listen to the story of Credo Matwa, who is one of two great Zulu healers in Africa. He also has great explanation of what’s happening.

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