THE DETERMINANTS OF INDEPENDENCE INSTITUTIONS

YOURS FOR SCOTLAND

Paper 6 in the excellent ten part series written by Professor Alf Baird.

6. Institutions

Everycolonial nation carries the seeds of fascist temptation in its bosom. What is fascism if not a regime of oppression for the benefit of a few? The entire administrative and political machinery of a colony has no other goal. The human relationships have arisen from the severest exploitation, founded on inequality and contempt, guaranteed by police authoritarianism. One should not be too surprised by the fact that institutions depending, after all, on a liberal central government can be so different from those in the mother country. This totalitarian aspect which even democratic regimes take on in their colonies is contradictory in appearance only. Being represented among the colonized by colonialists, they can have no other.’

(Albert Memmi)

In any society it isestablishmenteliteswhohold and exercise power and run the nation’s social…

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