Progress is a lie used to justify the domination of the world by Europeans and their post-colonial bastard offspring. Global warming, chemical warfare, women and children sold into slavery: it’s all the price of progress. Genocide isn’t a concern of Progress, Progress is only concerned with economics.
Let’s imagine a people living peacefully along the shores of a lake, as their ancestors have done for centuries. Families share garden plots and homes. People hunt and fish. The people are, as a whole, are healthy. No one goes hungry, and their culture of dancing, festivals, folk medicine and sharing encourages everyone to integrate into the community.
This is unacceptable. These people are not generating profits for corporations or banks, nor paying taxes to a government. These people and their land need to be developed. Let’s have a look at these people after a couple of generations of progress.
First of all, disease killed off a great many of them when they first encountered Haoles (Hawaiian for “death breathers”). With liquor and firearms, the developers corrupted a few of the people to help seize lands once held in common by the community. The majority of the people refused to go along with this plan, so the military was brought in to subjugate them.
With military occupation achieved, Progress picked up steam.
A dam was built upstream from the lake, to provide electricity for future development. Water is also diverted from the lake for use by the town that has grown around the military base. A paper and lumber mill once employed some of the people, but when the forest was gone, the mills closed.
The lake is full of mercury and dioxin– by-products of industrial processes. People still eat the fish, which gives them cancer. The land is all owned by former military leaders, who raise cattle on it. Jobs are hard to come by and most people work servicing the military: doing laundry, cooking food, prostituting themselves. The soldiers, in return give the people unwanted children, venereal diseases, liquor and drugs.
This is Progress on a micro level, and this Progress has been repeated over and over again-in the Americas, Africa, Asia, even in Europe. On a larger scale, the lie of Progress is even easier to see. Look at Argentina. Once, it had an economy built around beef production. After the Great Depression, Argentinians were determined to progress into a first world nation, like Canada or Australia. It took them 50 years, but they made it.
Sadly for them, this wasn’t acceptable to global corporate and financial interests. You see, first world nations require a great deal of the world’s natural resources to maintain their affluent lifestyles. There just isn’t enough to share! No, there is only enough for a few first world countries. I don’t know—how bout eight?! So the IMF and World Bank stepped into Argentina and destroyed its economy. Just 10 years ago, Argentina was a prosperous country. Now its economy is all but imaginary, the currency unstable, unemployment is greater than 50 percent and the economy is centered around debt servicing, just like any other third world country. And it’s happening again, in Greece and Romania.
This is Progress: the disempowerment of local people in order to increase the power of global corporations and financial institutions.