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[liberationtech] Brazil Looks to Break from U.S.-Centric Internet
mjones at pencil.allmail.net
Thu Sep 19 16:18:59 PDT 2013
On 19.09.2013 02:52, Andrés Leopoldo Pacheco Sanfuentes wrote:
> What do you mean exactly by "second-tier thought-leaders"? It REALLY,
> AWFULLY, sounds patronizing and "imperialistic" etc.
Bill Woodcock had something else in mind.
But you are right. They are second tier throught leaders. Countries
where religion is rampant, people still know more about the diet of the
gods than about evolution, militants are killed for trying to spread the
education, castes and ethnic clasification still exist. Surely the so
called West is no bed of roses, but don't mix things up.
I can say I understand why people from these countries are frustrated.
They come from the upper-middle classes. Their parents were not those
disgusting untouchables that haul garbage or wash the dead bodies. And
they discover with globalisation that they are on top of the World as
they know it. Than they get into contact with other cultures. And the
clash is not as rosy as expected. Knowing the tradition to worship a
three-handed god is quite irrelevant for the rest of the world, while
other impure and mundane facts seem so overrated.
Sorry. I would want things to be different. But building an atomic bomb
and killing thousands to protect the borders written by a drunk priest
on a badly drawn map some centuries ago with no respect to the nations
and ethnicities living on the actual land depicted by the map shows only
one thing: the imperialism lives on in the people and the governments of
the former colonies. People should help their brothers and sisters, all
their neighbours understand that even if there is a Heaven nobody went
there on no winged horse. It was a cute story a millenia ago. But today
having doubts about the reality of a fairy tale shoud be the measure and
not the perceived debts of a not so distant past.
In my book, if a man can walk home at night safely and a woman needs to
be covered and protected in order to walk the same path, than I say
those people are savages. It does not matter if it's Mumbay, Rio, New
York, Paris or Budapest.
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