Haiti: The Corruptions Of Imperialism Reigns

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Imperialism has carved entire continents, destroyed ancient cultures, uprooted millions of people from their ancestral homes, and created an oppressive systems that traps third world countries. In the book “Promises Not Kept”, the author, John Isbister states: “Imperialism shaped today’s third world.” This statement explains how the third world itself is nothing more than the aftermath of imperialism. The best method to demonstrate how imperialism plays out begins with colonization. European empires used this method to spread themselves around the world, strategically expanding their power. A process that created social forces, which are continually felt today, such as poverty and oppression. These empires changed nearly every facet of life of those they encountered, all for power and money. Therefore, the current state of the world (especially the third world) lies in the history of imperialism. Though imperialism has been around since the Roman ages, today’s third world countries were not affected until the 15th century, during European colonialism.

The initial claim behind was that colonialism – and later, imperialism – was that it allows for improvement through the spread of civilization, democracy, enlightenment, and so on. All of which were geared towards the beliefs of the colonialist/imperialist country. Explicably, as Lenin wites, “Imperialism is monopoly capitalism,” where these improvements are simply steps toward advancements for the superpowers that are actually benefiting. What truly ends up happening is that the power countries use cheap labor and raw materials from the imperialized to grow the size of their own economy and power. Countries, like the United States, have been extremely invasive in the affairs of many poor countries, leaving them to handle the devastating consequences on their own or to need continued assistance in the end. One might say, “at least all of that is in the past now.” Unfortunately, not only is imperialism still taking place today, but also, people are dealing with its effects in the present negating the idea that it something from the past if. Take, for example, Haiti, which has been deemed: “the poorest country in the western hemisphere.” Haiti is a prime example of American imperialism even today.

Since the discovery of the West Indies, Haiti has struggled with imperialism and its effects incessantly. Though Haiti gained independence, the country continues to remain in the grasp of the superpowers it shared some form of affiliation with over the years. Developed and richer countries have used imperialism to keep their presence in many poor countries, allowing them to maintain control in many aspects of those countries, while protecting their own interest. The policies they implemented have contributed to the constant suppression of Haiti (and similar countries). In 1804, Haitian slaves managed to gain independence from France as their rebellion. However, the United States...

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