Re: hunger

Alejandro Dubrovsky (
Wed, 11 Mar 1998 13:11:41 +1000 (GMT+1000)

On Tue, 10 Mar 1998, Michael Lorrey wrote:

> Dwayne wrote:
> > Michael Lorrey wrote:
> >
> > > The British tended to respect cutural diversity, except in matters such as cannibalism
> > > and wife burning, etc., at least in their later colonial period. Of course the early
> > > period gave us countries like the US, Canada, and Australia, to name a few, with their
> > > attendant decimation of local native populations. Unlike the Spanish or French, who
> > > tended to wipe out cultures and enslave them throughout their colonial history, the
> > > British merely overlaid systems of parliamentary government, judicial systems, and
> > > undertook to educate the best and brightest of the natives. If you looked at a list of
> > > countries today that were once British colonies, and compared them to the former colonies
> > > of other former great powers, you would find that the former British colonies are today
> > > much more stable, and developed economically, politically, and culturally, by and large.
> >
> > Just curious:
> >
> > Given that, as you say above, the British colonised north america and australia in the "early
> > period", which countries did it colonise later?
> India, Ceylon, Egypt, South Africa, Kenya, Rhodesia, Belize (then British Honduras), Pakistan,
> Bangladesh, Burma.
> India and SA are notably the nations still in the best shape, and which took to being colonized
> rather well. While SA had the Dutch blight of apartheid to deal with, it is coming out of it
> rather nicely (note that that did not exist until SA was indpendent), India on the other hand is
> the shining light of the third world for stability and industry, as well as cultural diversity.
If you consider India to be in good shape, then you can probably say that
most 3rd world countries are. The fact that they've got a large industry
is just a product of their massive population, but if you consider GDP per
capita, poverty levels, literacy levels and life expectancy, i think you
would find that, just like the rest of the latter Brittish colonies, they
do just as badly, if not worse, than the French or spanish colonies.