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    The Basic Mode of Operation of

    Capitalism’s Killer Institutions:

    An Initial Examination of the Central Tools of


    The Pan-Afrikan Society Community Forum –

    Uncle Tom holds the reigns for

    Uncle Sam

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    The Basic Mode of Operation of Capitalism’s Killer Institutions An Initial Examination of the Central Tools of Neo-colonialism

    1 Introduction 1.1 Raising consciousness of neo-colonialism in Afrikan communities This paper is intended as a brief introduction to imperialism, its changing faces and how they have

    and continue to impact upon Afrika. It is impossible to comprehend the recent history of Afrika

    without understanding that European imperialism imposed three distinct, but integrally related

    historical phases on us: slavery, colonialism and neo-colonialism. The paper focuses principally on

    the neo-colonial phase of Afrika’s history – the phase that we are currently in and the phase of imperialist domination that we must overcome if we are to be free. It does not attempt a

    comprehensive analysis of all of the mechanisms of neo-colonialism, but instead focuses on some of its central institutional drivers.

    The paper reminds us of the way in which imperialism has, over a period of 500 years, systematically

    metamorphosised in a concerted bid to steal and retain the resources of Afrika and other colonised

    parts of the world. These metamorphoses have taken place both in Afrika and at imperialism’s centre

    depending on their relative strengths at the historical point in question. Despite its changing faces,

    imperialism’s objectives and central principles i.e. exploitation, elitism and individualism have

    remained consistent throughout. Finally, the paper briefly examines the way in which the current

    crisis of capitalism has forced imperialism to re-arrange its centre in a desperate bid to survive.

    Imperialism is now so desperate that Uncle Tom has been given the reigns of the presidency by

    Uncle Sam.

    1.2 Afrikan people’s challenge to slavery, colonialism and neo-colonialism Imperialism’s historically phased methods of slavery, colonialism and neo-colonialism were all aimed at creating the conditions necessary for its systematic theft of Afrikan people’s wealth. In order

    to achieve this economic outcome it had to disempower Afrikan people politically. It had to destroy

    the just indigenous political systems that promoted Afrikan people’s sovereignty, Afrikan people’s self-

    determination, Afrikan people’s self-government, Afrikan people’s autonomy, Afrikan people’s

    democracy etc. It replaced these just indigenous political systems with its own evil corrupt despotic

    systems of rule which were democratically bankrupt because they were controlled from outside of


    Through constant struggle, Afrikan people defeated the evil corrupt despotic system of slavery and

    forced imperialism to back track to colonialism instead. Afrikan people continued the constant

    struggle and defeated the evil corrupt despotic system of colonialism, again forcing imperialism to

    back track – this time to neo-colonialism – the phase of history that we are currently in. Osagyefo Kwame Nkrumah explained that neo-colonialism is the last phase of imperialism (Nkrumah, 1974, p.

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    1). This means that when Afrikan people defeat neo-colonialism, there will be no place for imperialism to back track to. The most important task before us as Afrikan people, in this epoch of

    history, is to defeat neo-colonialism. In doing so, we will defeat imperialism and usher in a new phase of history that will eventually lead to the freedom of Afrika and other externally controlled parts

    of the world.

    1.3 Ignorance of neo-colonialism blocks the path to Afrikan liberation The task of achieving our freedom is not as simple as it may at first sound. Neo-colonialism is simultaneously a period in Afrika’s history of exploitation by imperialism and a varied set of cunningly

    deceptive techniques designed to control and contain Afrikan people while our resources are being

    stolen. Neo-colonialism is used by imperialists to subdue Afrikan nations on the continent and in the Diaspora. Internal or community based neo-colonialism is also used to subdue Afrikan communities in the imperialist heartlands.

    Neo-colonialism takes different specific forms in different situations, but the essence - using Afrikan agents to overtly or covertly assist imperialism’s theft of resources from Afrikan people - remains the

    same. In Britain for instance, where the British capitalist state is the mortal enemy of Afrikan people,

    the actions of any Afrikan person who unites with the British capitalist state against the interests of

    the Afrikan community provide examples of internal or community based neo-colonialism.

    Neo-colonialist techniques have been specifically and successfully designed to confuse as well as

    control us. Its European imperialist architects have successfully ensured that the majority of Afrikan

    people are not even consciously aware that neo-colonialism exists. If we do not know that neo- colonialism exists, then we are likely to be confused by everything that occurs around us.

    A case in point is the appointment of Barack Obama to the position of President of US Satan - the

    highest possible overt expression of neo-colonialism, taking it onto a completely global level. Obama’s role is to mislead the gullible, by showing a bogus new ‘kind faced’ imperialism instead of

    the exhausted ‘iron fist’ version. He must then: (i) use US Satan’s state power against the interests of

    Afrikan people living in US Satan, and; (ii) use US Satan’s imperial power to further subdue Afrikan

    and other oppressed people around the world in order to intensify its theft of our resources. Yet many

    sincere Afrikan people have been so confused by this neo-colonialist con trick that they are

    expressing pride at his overt appointment.

    This is because neo-colonialism is a methodology that is used to hide the racism of the system that oppresses Afrikan nations; the racism is still present, but because it is fronted by co-opted Afrikan

    agents the racism loses its visibility. Since US Satan is the leader of imperialism, Obama’s

    appointment is an attempt to deceptively and falsely portray US Satan as a nation free from racism.

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    When we were oppressed under slavery and colonialism our ancestors knew it; they also knew that

    they had to remove these oppressive systems in order to be free. It is a massive contradiction that

    despite the fact that we are actually living in the neo-colonial phase of history, most of us do not know what it is. The problem this poses is that if we do not know it, we cannot understand it; if we

    cannot understand it, we cannot consciously do anything to challenge it; if we cannot do anything to

    challenge it, we cannot get rid of it; if we cannot get rid of it, we will remain stuck in it; if we remain

    stuck in neo-colonialism, Afrika cannot be liberated and we will not be a free and self determining people. The critical task before us therefore, is to raise our collective level of consciousness of the

    nature of neo-colonialism and how to defeat it in Afrikan communities everywhere.

    2 Imperialism in the slavery and colonial phases of Afrikan history 2.1 Methods of control in the slavery phase of Afrikan history Since the 15th century, imperialism has imposed slavery, colonialism and currently neo-colonialism

    upon us. This means that our wealth is still being stolen with unrelenting vigour. During the

    enslavement phase of Afrikan history, Afrikan people experienced the direct theft of our bodies and

    our labour; however, Afrikan land still remained under Afrikan people’s control. This meant that

    kidnapped Afrikan people were simultaneously living under a system of slavery and colonialism. The

    land of the American Indians was colonised and enslaved Afrikan people were forced to labour on it.