The Basic Mode of Operation of
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The Basic Mode of Operation of Capitalism’s Killer Institutions
An Initial Examination of the Central Tools of Neo-colonialism
1.1 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
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.
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.
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.