“Myth of Underdevelopment”

I would like to share the link below that is about the underdevelopment :  Michael Parenti — Myth of UnderDevelopment

“The gap between rich and poor only widens because investments in the Third World are not designed to develop the capital resources of the poor nations but to enrich the Western investors.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5eKMspN-7Co

  •  Underdevelopment is a condition fundamentally different from undevelopment. The latter term simply refers to a condition in which resources are not being used. For example, the European colonists viewed the North American continent as an undeveloped area: the land was not actively cultivated on a scale consistent with its potential. Underdevelopment refers to a situation in which resources are being actively used, but used in a way which benefits dominant states and not the poorer states in which the resources are found.
  •   The distinction between underdevelopment and undevelopment places the poorer countries of the world is a profoundly different historical context. These countries are not “behind” or “catching up” to the richer countries of the world. They are not poor because they lagged behind the scientific transformations or the Enlightenment values of the European states. They are poor because they were coercively integrated into the European economic system only as producers of raw materials or to serve as repositories of cheap labor, and were denied the opportunity to market their resources in any way that competed with dominant states.


http://www.mtholyoke.edu/acad/intrel/depend.htm