Tagged: developing countries

Recipe for Destruction of a Culture

If for some unknown reason you were committed to destroying a native society, you probably could not do a better job than the European colonial powers in Africa and Asia. The formula goes something like this: conquer the natives militarily; indoctrinate them in foreign religions; forbid birth control; convince them that the way out of...

Philippines Notes, Part One: Litter in Paradise

The easy default reactions of an American who encounters unspeakable poverty and squalor when visiting a country like the Philippines are pity, scorn, and outrage. How monstrous, it seems, to call places like these “developing countries” when the extent of their development is obvious: great bastions of wealth and property concentrated in the hands of...