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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, with a government in control of its territory. 5 January 2009 — 2:40 PM 6: lI551325—CP—535-2005lwpd, page 58 ...
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