posted on Mar, 25 2004 @ 05:06 PM
I donít propose throwing a continent into a swirling confusion. I donít propose a continental government. What I propose is the economic and political
union of African countries. A proposal that can work, because history has proven that it works. America is a union of independent states that
has worked with great success. I do not, however, propose a centralized federal government like Americaís, but only a steering agency with the good of
the entire continent in mind. The European union has decided that it must unionize economically in order to remain effective in global trade. It is a
practice that works, and that is why unionization is taking place.
My idea behind the uses of the road and rail infrastructure is not capitalistic. Itís actually more socialistic, as I think it could be used to ship
goods to those countries that canít produce certain necessary commodities, such as food. Like I said, as soon as people can stop worrying incessantly
about their next meal, they can concentrate more on education and being productive.
The education issue is a tough one, but the nations of Africa should agree at least on a minimum standard of education for all African children, and
those willing to at least become literate. The fundamentals of language, mathematics, and science should be taught to children on the entire continent
to begin with, and could be done so at minimal expense. This elementary education is absolutely necessary for the future of Africa.
Africaís health system is near non-existent. And the reason why it is so is because African nations cannot afford supplies and medicines needed from
developed countries. All the more reason to implement a system capable of exploiting Africaís resources for itís own good. And you are correct, Loki,
in saying that it would cost more than imaginable. But think of the unimaginable amount of funding in the form of foreign aid that Africa has already
received. And it hasnít done the good that was intended. This may sound miserly, but for the good of Africa and the rest of the world, it needs to
start pulling itís own weight. And the only way for it to do that is to organize to the point that it can become self-sustaining. Africa is already so
indebted to the rest of the world that it canít even pay the interest accrued. The GDP of all the nations of Africa is going to have to rise sharply
if they are to pay their bills, and it will require the concerted, combined effort of all of them to make it happen.
I cannot disagree with you, Loki, on the fact that Africa will not be able to progress without the intervention of other countries and businesses. But
the truth is that we have all been intervening up until now, with money, food, medicine, and sometimes our militaries. And the only way to make sure
that we donít have to continue intervening is to help Africa become self-sufficient once and for all. It is in the best interest of the world at large
that Africa realizes itís potential, and begins participating economically with the rest of us. There are enough resources on that continent to
sustain a population twice itís size, but it lacks the infrastructure and the organization to even keep itís current numbers healthy and fed, let
alone happy to some degree.
Foreign trade would not be unattainable on a continental basis, as you assert, but it wouldnít be necessary. I believe that foreign trade should be
regulated by the individual countries, and not infringed upon by a centralized force. To do so would dilute the uniqueness of the different cultures
represented by the African continent, and would also undermine the absolute worth of the countries themselves. I would not agree with continental
oversight reaching as far as to regulate foreign trade, with the exception of bulk national raw materials and commodities such as oil, coal, and
African unionization will not increase the difficulty of attaining political and economic integrity in the world; it will reduce it.
With a vision for the people of Africa that one day they may enjoy a better life, one without the scourges of famine and pestilence, and one of worth
and purpose, they will be more receptive to the idea of unionization. And as a result of that vision, the cooperation amongst nations will mitigate
the obstacles in their paths. Many hands make light work.
Another consideration for what might seem a drastic measure such is this is that the rest of the world is progressing forward rapidly, and anything
Africa can do to make sure that it is not left further behind should be done soon, or it may never catch up.