When “Decolonialization” Creates More Problems than It Allegedly Solves
People across the globe are demanding that governments repudiate the legacies of colonialism. Some think that true independence requires liberation from colonial institutions, while for many, preserving colonial laws is indicative of mental enslavement. Such arguments are emotionally appealing but intellectually unsound. While one cannot fault politicians for revoking colonial laws that were sired in racism, legal origin is an insufficient justification for dismissal.
Laws should be applied because of their usefulness. As such, it is immaterial that some laws and institutions are a remnant of colonialism. But colonialism evokes contempt, and this has birthed an obsession with local culture, thus making critiques of colonialism problematic. If the decolonization movement had been proposing sensible alternatives to colonial failures, it would have been rightly lauded as a progressive movement.
However, activists are more devoted to usurping colonial legacies than building suitable replacements. Perhaps renaming local streets is therapeutic, yet doing so cannot ameliorate living standards in poor countries. Sovereign states are free to repeal antibuggery laws and vagrancy acts enacted to police working-class activities if they so desire. Critics of decolonization object to its anti-Western ethos rath
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