yeah, it was near the end and i agree with most of what you say. but i don’t see the problem as being one of international corporations, political corruption, land ownership, taxation, wealth or debt. these are symptoms. The problem is human beings. Our greed is inherent enough that this behaviour (that we’ve built and grown over a few thousand years), will proliferate.
Your imagined Africa, without outside influence or plundering, and with political corruption removed, only lasts until anyone who wants more sees gathering power and wealth for themselves as a positive thing. They’ll frame it whatever way they need to to live with themselves, but it’s still greed. You can’t create a system that can’t be exploited by humans, and humans will always want to exploit it so they can have more.
You could try and elect only officials who won’t behave in that way. Good luck with that. And short of that you’re left voting for shitty people all of whom are trying to win votes by suggesting they can deliver more to a limited number of people to the detriment of everyone else (playing to people’s greed), then they leave off that last bit that no one wants to hear. Or work on the assumption that whoever loses out must be deserving of it. You can’t change the system to something else, because the system is made up of people who use the system to obtain more, and supported by people who believe the system will give them more, and you would need those people to choose to give up their ‘more’ or perceived chances of getting more, so that things could get ‘better’ (but without ‘more’ of anything), or somehow more just, or ‘right’.
Let’s not get started on all the shitty things people have done/made/said/written to try and justify themselves when every action they take is self-serving.
Thankfully, it’s all only temporary. Our planet will outlive us, there’s a fair chance life on our planet will outlive us, and the only reason we think the last few thousand years is significant is because we think everything is about ourselves.
By the best rough estimations i could find, the earth is a little under 5000000000 years old, with estimations of it being able to sustain life for maybe another 1000000000 (not human life). Humans (homo sapiens) have been around for ~200,000 years (i think) and our actual ‘civilization’ has existed for maybe 5-6000. So we’re just not that significant, and neither is our entire civilization; there’s time, and potentially still the conditions to allow our entire civilisation to collapse and re-emerge, or even for our species to die completely and something else to emerge to replace us.
So there’s that to hope for