I STRONGLY DISAGREEDecember 7 2004 at 2:11 PM
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|Kang Ambe |
Response to Re: Communal land ownership blamed
If you will look at Tanzania or any other country that has had the implementation of the SAP by the World Bank - they are no better off now than they were before. Land mobilization was one of them.
I understand the transitional costs should land be made state-owned. The social impacts would be devastating on the generation that has to adapt to this new lifestyle should there be no immediate substitute like social benefits and immediate mass production by factories.
My security is my land. I know that I can return to the land should all else fail. What do the Aussies have, English and Americans have 每 social benefits? They have poverty-stricken people who have no sense of belonging as their village and community have moved because they really don't belong anywhere as a community.
Knowing that culture is dynamic 每 and that economic decisions have to be made at the cost of such aspects - is true to a degree but not to the degree that I understand you are advocating.
Yes, we are living in a global world and yes 每 the western world and its notion of capitalism (which produces individualism) that is being aggressively campaigned through the media 每 seems to be the only way to go and there is no other WAY or OPTION to better handle this dilemma? I think not. Complete PROPAGANDA!! what research have they done to back this notion?
More money, better houses, more factories, mass production, individualism, better health services, better schools 每 DO I BELIEVE ALL THIS CAN ONLY BE ACHIEVED THROUGH MY FORGOING MY CULTURE, MY COMMUNITY and quite frankly who I am? There are options that can be explored without having to rush to the greedy ideologies of the great corporations that just can＊t wait to get their hands on PNG＊s goodies.
There is no way I want to be like the STATES, AUSTRALIA, ENGLAND and all other western countries that hold onto some abstract ideology as their dentity. Their cultures are different from ours from the beginning to now. Yes, they evolved but they are distinctly different to us from the beginning. THEY WERE NEVER LIKE US AT ANY STAGE IN THEIR HISTORY and connection to their land.
Why do we undermine and make insignificant our connection to the land? WHY? Are you American? Are you Australian? Are you English? NO WE NEVER WERE AND WE NEVER WILL BE.
I see us to be more like the Middle East. Our community-oriented approach to life because of land, provinces, villages and extended family members prevents many social problems that are rampant in the western countries. We do have our social problems as well 每 but they are brought on I believe primarily through our governments lack of management. It has got nothing to do with lack of mass production etc 每 Singapore has nothing but is a great tourist hub. WHY????
Has Japan forgone any of its culture to become successful? Has Iran or many of the Middle Eastern countries forgone their cultural values to become more west and capitalised? Instead of just bowing down to the simple solutions of the greedy few who have nothing but profit on their minds 每 LETS explore all other options. And believe me there are ways, strategies that can strike a balance between each that can produce economical growth without having to give in to the Americanisation that is happening in the world today.
Better health, better houses, more money = DOES NOT EQUAL BETTER QUALITY OF LIFE!!!!!!! Really it does not. You can have all that and all the social problems that come along with it. The grass may seem greener on the other side but it＊s the same thing. No one is better than the other. Same set of ＆problems＊ in a different supposedly ※BETTER§ context.
I could go on and on 每 and I can back up everything I am saying with facts if you want.