When I was on the debate team a few years back, one of our biggest arguments was Post-Colonialism. It was great. We had some really talented and intelligent coaches and members of the team, and they would come up with these positions, which included PoCo, as we called it, and these were winning positions. When confronted with it, most opponents cried.
Problem was, it was total bullshit. I felt bad arguing it, and I was just glad that nothing about debate was real. Then again, it gets argued in the real world, in Congress and in the UN and in Western administrations.
The argument is essentially that we, the Western world, fucked up royally, and, through interference with the developing world, created all sorts of problems. Henceforth, we should not do anything ever again and just leave them alone and give them what they want when they ask for it.
Truth be told, it was England, France, Spain, and those damn Dutch who screwed up. Read the rest of this entry »