would a program of decolonization entail?
It does not make sense to talk about a multicultural colonial
society: for cultures to coexist in a single society on an equal
basis, comprehensive decolonization has to happen.
Decolonization entails as a minimum the following:
1) Cancel all 3rd world debts and start over.
This is economically feasible, necessary, and only a very small
2) Abolish the WTO, the IMF, WB, and structural adjustment
programs. A nation's
assets cannot be controlled by another nation or by a corporation.
No holding of foreign lands or assets (other than small amounts
of personal property) allowed. This
goes for north American government and corporate holdings of
aboriginal lands as well.
3) Cancel all foreign intervention in political affairs and start
over. No official funding
for any parties or movements in the third world.
No CIA in other countries or COINTELPRO in North America. (Is
there to be no intervention at all then-- not even to prevent poverty
or injustice or repression? I
think a long moratorium on it should be a starting point.
Remember that it is an asymmetric right.
An important right to have, however, is the right to leave a
community, and this should be protected part of a multicultural
4) Demilitarization and denuclearization: funds and personnel to
be re-allocated into productive uses.
Demilitarization applies internationally and domestically (the
ghettos also have to be demilitarized, and the occupying armies that
work there replaced by some kind of community policing).
these prescriptions hold for aboriginal territory where aboriginal
people are in a majority.
some indigenist proposals see 'I am Indigenist' by Ward Churchill (www.zmag.org/chiapas1/wardindig.htm),
'Peace, Power, Righteousness' by Taiaiake Alfred, and 'Islands in a
Continent' by Winona Laduke. But
just in case you don't check this out, I will clarify here that this 'indigenist'
program does not include the ethnic cleansing of whites or other
ethnicities from native lands. It
is rather a question of self-government and equitable participation in
a shared economy and polity. Two
other aspects are directly related to colonization:
5) Revoking corporate personhood and legal bases for corporations:
first to operate at all on foreign soil, and then to exist;
I'm proposing is essentially that the west revoke its grip on the
world. It sounds crazy
and improbable, but the world wouldn't fall apart-- and it's only an
inflated sense of self-importance that makes us think it would.
If all the effort we put into killing hope (see Blum's book
with that title) destroying dreams of progress and democracy all over
the world, were simply not expended, the world would change-- for the
better-- very quickly. It
is not our responsibility to control the world in any case.
we did this, we would destroy the basis for the structural poverty,
instability, and desperation that causes such strong pulls to
immigrate to cities and to the west; we would destroy the basis for
many of the social ills found in colonies-- alcoholism, drug
production and use, suicide, and violence.
There would no longer be a need to restrict travel or control
borders to the extent that we do.
This means that when cultures do come into contact,
Western/northern and not, they would do so on the basis of equality--
not patron/client, master/servant, or colonizer/colonized.
almost meets the prerequisites for multiculturalism-- we're prepared
to discuss it for immigrant people of colour-- Latin American, Asian,
African, Mideastern, and for aboriginal people.
But African American decolonization requires the following as
are necessary to establish the economic basis for self-government,
since the African American communities have been deprived of assets;
they are just; and they will have to come primarily from corporate and
government holdings of assets especially in African American
communities. (One reference on Reparations for blacks is 'The Debt:
What America Owes Blacks' by Robinson, 2000.)
7) Start justice over: begin by ending and reversing the war on
drugs and abolishing imprisonment for everything but violent crimes; a
comprehensive overhaul of the justice system with extensive
participation by the black community, and if necessary such that the
black community administers justice to its own members (situations
when disputes or crimes occur across communities were discussed
8) Affirmative action, with a minimum qualification, to ensure
adequate representation, especially in political work.
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