“How Come You White People Have All The Cargo?” Western Pillaging of Africa

This was one of the opening lines posed to Jared Diamond in his book Guns, Germs and Steel. Diamond’s answer involved an analysis of the animal and plant distribution at the end of the last Ice Age. But what it does not explain is how in a continent where capitalism has supposedly triumphed, the citizens of that continent with enormous natural resources are so desperately poor. This article provides some very concrete answers.

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About Bruce Lerro

Bruce Lerro has taught for 25 years as an adjunct college professor of psychology at Golden Gate University, Dominican University and Diablo Valley College. He has applied a Vygotskian socio-historical perspective to his five books: "From Earth-Spirits to Sky-Gods: the Socio-ecological Origins of Monotheism, Individualism and Hyper-Abstract Reasoning", "Power in Eden: The Emergence of Gender Hierarchies in the Ancient World" (co-authored with Christopher Chase-Dunn), "Social Change: Globalization from the Stone Age to the Present", "Lucifer's Labyrinth: Individualism, Hyper-Abstract Thinking and the Process of Becoming Civilized", and "The Magickal Enchantment of Materialism: Why Marxists Need Neopaganism". He is also a representational artist specializing in pen-and-ink drawings. Bruce is a libertarian communist and lives in Olympia, WA.

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