We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Africa is beginning to go down that dark road towards western-style prosperity, development, and freedom. Like Cuba, see it now before the old Africa disappears. Is "poverty" a Western concept? Masai warriors with iPhones? What next? Disney Africa?
Already, there is no "wild Africa" remaining. Its future is like South America.
I have two indelible memories of my time flitting in and out of Africa:
1. Seeing kids with their schoolbooks out under the street lights of Bangui in the evening doing their homework - because that was the only place where there was enough constant illumination. What a contrast with my own son whining to me about how we needed to improve our high-sped Internet service! The kids in Africa are great, especially those big, bright, ear-to-ear, cynicism-free smiles.
2. The rise of the mobile phone across Africa has toppled the useless and corrupt state "PTT" telephone monopolies. Individual African entrepreneurship is amazing too. For example, in many villages, one man gets a mobile phone then offsets the cost by setting himself up as an unofficial "phone booth", charging other villagers a small fee to use his device. And DVD players become local ad hoc movie theatres.
Africans deserve a chance at the same prosperity we have been blessed with. To deny them that, in the interests of some putative environmental cause or another, is to confirm our self-absorbed arrogance in their eyes.
(Most recent example: President Obama hectoring Kenyans about gay rights.)
Average IQ in both places in the 70's. Fat chance. The only time African countries had any sort of development was under White rule. Since the overthrow of the old regimes, Both Zimbabwe and South Africa have gone into rapid decline.
There are free cell phones in America's Black ghettos, too. That worked, didn't it? Same IQ.
Mrs Mandela and her group killed more black South Africans then the aparthied government did.
There is a lesson here and we all have a front seat to it if the media will report on it. South Africa today is a dangerous place for whites. It is probable that very soon there will be full scale genocide against white Africans. Some would argue that there is already geneocide against whites in SA.
I don't think Africa can be saved. Possibly capitalism could do it but there is a tendency in Africa to elect/allow leaders who prefer dictatorship and communism to capitalism. With all the money and effort poured into Africa over the years and so little to show for it I just don't see it all turning around in any significant way.