In April, 1775, the United State, then only 13 small colonies, embarked upon a national quest to secure independence from the United Kingdom. Despite the many years it acted as a vassal state to the Crown, the new colony sought to secure its own military and socioeconomic destiny. That movement resulted in a years long war in which colonists fought to move from a paternalistic relationship to one of greater balance. Today, we are seeing a similar occurrence throughout the world as the Cold War/Post Colonial dependency relationships of past vassal states are growing obsolete.
In recent times, there has been a growing drive for sociopolitical, economic and military independence. And for decades, if not centuries much of the world’s “developing nations,” have been dependent on Western power and providence for its survival. From the dictates of a grossly unequal currency systems to military occupations, developing nations from Pakistan to Guatemala and all the way to the savage grip of Apartheid, are seeking independence. It is becoming clear that dependence on foreign nations for food security, military security, monetary policy and even leadership has led to a world rife with inequity, staggering poverty and apocalyptic environmental degradation.
In a world of greater interdependence and cooperation and less dependency, it may be possible to see better outcomes. The United Nation’s Global Goals are an excellent example of a world under a closed leadership ideal that is not producing results for the majority of the world’s people. How might those Global Goals be better reached if nations were truly autonomous in their monetary policies, security and socioeconomic projections were managed by them. If we take the example of the United States, it seems a move from dependency to independence offers a much better alternative. The need for massive immigration, foreign loans and dubious military contractors might be of less impact if nations operated more independently. Dependency ultimately keeps nations weak and unable to advocate for the best interest of their state and their populations which effect long term stability.
Nations must then begin to ask themselves how to craft a better independent framework for their own survival.
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