Colonialism is often in the news and as a ‘former’ colony Australians might have some sympathy for the Indian perspective presented by Shashi Tharoor for the affirmative side of this debate “Does Britain owe reparations”.
Or do we feel that although Australia was a colony of Britain for over one hundred years between 1788 and 1900 it was not like the other British colonies.
It could be argued that Australians need to think again, and that Australia might find a lot of food for thought in this short speech having regard to the enthusiasm of both major parties – even ALP ‘Left Wingers’ like Penny Wong – for supporting and allowing massive levels of barely regulated control and influence over Australian infrastructure, industries, assets, workers AND the political and policy class to pass into foreign hands.
When foreigners increasingly control or effectively control your companies, your infrastructure, your land, your housing, your mineral resources and the volume of workers and the conditions under which they work can you honestly still claim that you are not on a slippery slope to colony status?
If the politicians in both major parties insist that we should allow massive amounts of foreign control over our economy as they accept massive donations from foreign (or local branch offices) of foreign companies, individuals and governments can we honestly claim that we can resist the process of foreign colonisation.
As a consequence of the speech above ‘going viral’ the speaker recently completed a book “Inglorious Empire” that details the ‘colonial’ experience of India and that is well worth a read by all Australians.
While we may have not experienced the worst of the Indian experience we should not take our status as a sovereign independent nation for granted.
Modern colonialism may not involve a single country or corporation marching down your streets and running their flag up your poles but it can still rob your wallet and without you even realising what is happening.