Unformatted text preview: RObert D. Kaplan. THE COMING ANARCHY: How Scarcity, Crime, Overpopulation, Tribalism, and Disease Are Rapidly Destroying the Social Fabric of Our Planet. The Atlantic Monthly, Feb 1994 v273 n2 p 44(21)
The crime and lawlessness of West Africa is a model of the future ANARCHY — chaos, lawlessness, disorder, insurrection, tumult, turmoil, upheaval,
discord. No ruler; absence of government. The Minister: "In forty—ﬁve years I have never seen things so bad. We did not
manage ourselves well after the British departed. But what we have now is something
worse--the revenge of the poor, of the social failures, of the people least able to
bring up children in a modern society." 0 recent coup in Sierra Leone. "The boys who took power in Sierra Leone come
from houses like this." a corrugated metal shack teeming with children. "In three
months these boys conﬁscated all the ofﬁcial Mercedes, Volvos, and BMWs and willfully wrecked them on the road.” - a coup's leaders shot the people who paid for his schooling, "to erase the
humiliation and mitigate the power his middle—class sponsors held over him."
- The cities of West Africa at night are some of the unsafest places in the world.. "The government in Sierra Leone has no writ after dark,"
9 MAG villages of Africa it is perfectly natural to feed at any table and lodge in
6"" jw any hut. But in the cities this communal existence no longer holds. You must pay
for lodging and be invited for food. ‘When young men ﬁnd out that their relations cannot put them up, theybecome lost. They join other migrants and
slip gradually into the criminal process." - Here in West Africa we have a lot of superﬁcial Islam and superﬁcial
Christianity. Western religion is undermined by animist beliefs not suitable to a
moral society, because they are based on irrational spirit power. - polygamy. Designed for a pastoral way of life, polygamy continues to thrive in
sub-Saharan Africa. In an urban environment, loose family structures are
largely responsible for the world's highest birth rates and the explosion of
the HIV virus on the continent. Like the communalism and animism, they
provide a weak shield against the corrosive social effects of life in cities. 0 In those cities African culture is being redeﬁned while desertiﬁcation and
deforestation—-overpopulation--drive peasants out of the countryside. A PREMONITION OF THE FUTURE
West Africa is the symbol of worldwide demographic, environmental, and societal
stress, in which criminal anarchy emerges as the real "strategic" danger.
' There is no other place on the planet where political maps are so
deceptive--where, in fact, they tell such lies--as in West Africa. Start with Sierra Leone. According to the map, it is a nation-state of deﬁned borders,
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