Reply to Ian Birrell: “Our image of Africa is hopelessly obsolete”, says Mr Ian Birrell, @ The Guardian
Selim Gool · Oslo University I say: Well now, Mr Birrell, I do not know if you have ever heard of “Combined and Uneven Development” in the Third World – due to capitalist financialization and primitive accumulation, which leads to this VERY NOTICEABLE phenomenom you describe- the educated children of the new elites sit now on the sidewalk cafes and download new iTunes on their iPhones, iPads, and iMacs (“Yea, we are not cheapos, they proclaim!”) while their parents participate in the new wealth-providing ventures that the foreign-based companies they work for provide! Results? Enormous wealth and privilege at the one pole and extreme poverty and under/ un-employment of the “have-nots” of the uneducated semi-literate in the shanty towns!
Oh, you were asleep in that particular lecture…. well, you ignorance is NOT bliss boyo!