1.17.2010

Imperialism as the Moral Outcome

A little sentence or two at a friend's page has me thinking: I wonder if imperialism is ever the humane thing to do?

Should America "take over" in Haiti -- plant a flag, declare it a colony, make it our orphan?

6 comments:

簡單 said...

Failure is the mother of success...................................................

Casey said...

Or... is success... the father of...

No, you're right.

Insignificant Wrangler said...

Well, not to be a deconstructionist or anything, but it probably requires we interrogate the world "imperialism." Given the contemporary context [massive devastation, complete economic collapse, lack of necessary civic infrastructure--power, water, etc] we're not talking about Pizarro and the Arawaks here. Nor are we talking about the kind of overt theological/cultural assimilation that we normally associate with the term.

That said, given the massive destruction, is rebuilding the area even possible? Is there any incident in recent history where an entire population had to abandon a geographic area? I can only think of Chernobyl--and that was what, 50k people?

Casey said...

Yeah. And, of course: the moral thing to do may not necessarily be possible politically. Ultimately, I don't see how America, even in concert with the U.N., can afford to rebuild Port-au-Prince.

But, man... watching the world not rebuild that city is going to be really discouraging.

And I mean, hell, we didn't really even rebuild New Orleans, so how can we/why should we rebuild Port-au-Prince?

Wishydig said...

why are you responding to chinese porn?

Casey said...

Is that porn!? -- I hadn't clicked it yet. I'm at work.