Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell. Edward Abbey

07 January 2005

The coming anarchy?

Is Robert Kaplan's vision of the future, as laid out in 1994 in his book The Coming Anarchy, being realised?

"In Sierra Leone, as in Guinea, as in the Ivory Coast, as in Ghana, most of the primary rain forest and the secondary bush is being destroyed at an alarming rate. I saw convoys of trucks bearing majestic hardwood trunks to coastal ports. When Sierra Leone achieved its independence, in 1961, as much as 60 percent of the country was primary rain forest. Now six percent is."

His premonition is of a "crumbling" West Africa disolving into criminal anarchy, with gangs of poverty stricken urban youths running amock. He sees this as a microcosm for the rest of the world. His ideas may be compelling, considering what's happened in Sierra Leone recently, but I can hardly agree with him. As a proud African I can only believe that Mbeki and Nepad's vision of an African Renaissance will be realised and from our continent of rebirth and regeneration we will quietly watch western civilisation turn to dust.

Africa remains the only continent still in touch with the spirit world (perhaps with the exception of Antarctica) and I do believe that will be our saving grace. We are the one's who will survive the coming anarchy, not the West! The elephants will once again roam free.

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