Many would say there are two types of worlds upon our little planet. Those which name themselves developed, and others named the underdeveloped. Some also may call these the first and third world, with the second world and newly industrialised countries forgotten about somewhat. There are the use of several acronyms, such as HIC’s (High Income Countries) and LIC’s (Low Income Countries). To me, it seems these clear difference between the world needs to be blurred, if it isn’t starting to already, and ripped down, replaced by a singular world. Unfortunately at the moment this appears a pipe dream.
The world is seemingly constantly being pulled apart, segregated, or simply put in a state where some countries and lives matter a lot more than other countries or lives. It is a shocking thing, one that has just become normal and part of our lives, whether we like it or not. No one wants poverty, yet some companies and organisations force it upon those ‘underdeveloped countries’ whether we know it or not.
I recently had to read several segments of a book entitled “The Shock Doctrine”. It truly was a very interesting read, and one I would recommend to many people. The book talks about many different things, but the main section I was reading was effectively how US businesses, US academic organisations and US secret services have tried to stop any sort of development or progress in some poverty-stricken, underdeveloped countries. One very interesting example was Chile. Although not suffering from poverty or a lack of infrastructure even close to some other countries, it is nonetheless not exactly what people would call ‘fully developed’. In the past 40 years it has been trying to grow its industry and provide more opportunities for its population. In the 1970 a new, revolutionary government was put in place, a government which wanted to get people the wages they deserved without massively long working days, they wanted a fair development programme and hoped to bring many out of poverty. However, some of their plans would have effected the US, through resources they would not allow to be exploited, and the export and import market. It would have effected the US so much that the CIA had a project, funded by the government, to halt this development. Californian economic professors were also placed in Chilean universities to effectively brainwash them into thinking money and profit meant all, and that cheap labour force was needed. Effectively, it halted the incredible progress Chile was hoping to make. It is an incredible story, and one I would recommend people to read about. A lot of this info is from that book which I have not had the time to research so I am sorry for any biased or warped opinions.
Inspite of that, it does show the true way in which the world is run. I remember my old sixth form teacher passionately telling us how the developed world keeps the underdeveloped world in a state of, well no development. It means they can get cheap labour, exploit their resources, spread their values, and so on. Some say it is a modern form of colonialisation, but I am not sure on that. It is a shocking thing and something we all pay into everyday without realising. We buy items created in these areas of the world where labour is cheap, and through our purchases we force an increase in things like sweatshops, and overall bad quality work. We create a demand that many businesses want to make the most of, and increased profits can be increased even more from cheaper labour. In all it is a pretty remarkable idea and one I believe we need to start to think of more and more.
We give billions in aid each year through charities and country aid programmes, why are not bigger changes happening, is it because we are not giving the best charities the biggest amounts, or because every country has its hidden agenda, that a lot of the time isn’t actually that hidden.
It maddens and saddens me, I learn more about this subject each year, starting out with that incredible teacher I mentioned earlier. It is one of the reasons I aim to spend my life helping others and hoping to improve peoples lives and making sure every child in whatever country can grow up in a world no different to the other. A world where hopefully, one day, there will be no developed or underdeveloped, no third or first world. Just a singular entity, equal and fair. It will never happen in my lifetime, but that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t aim for it, that just makes me want to work for it all the more.
Anyway, that’s my thoughts on a big matter, a huge topic and a massive idea to take in and actually realise the system we live in. I just hope together we can force a change and finally bring everyone up to an equal level.