A Small Island Insight

Imperialism Within the South Pacific Ocean, a country called the Solomon Islands, which is made up of around 1,000 islands, faces a political dilemma that has its roots in colonialism.

In this region of Melanesia, Islands are small states that get pushed around and often manipulated by powerful corporations. It is a problem that lays woven within a political framework that was handed down by ex-colonial nations. This subject can go off on many different discourses such as the effects of trading natural resources or how economic structuring grows dominant over small islands. But by a radical change in attitude, resistance against not only the corporations, but the influence that ex-colonials have on island politics could prove a turn against the trend of dependency that is found imbedded within capitalism in this part of the world.

In the past colonialism has used religion and violence as political instruments in shaping the face of these islands. Since that time, uprising and civil unrest have revolved around its ex-colonial infrastructure. In a post-conflict era, Australia has generally had its interests in assuring the fixed structure of a political system within the country. Installing law and order at a time where violence was spiralling over with its own economic hegemony.

RAMSI, was the regions military intervention that assured such a political structure stayed westernized. Much discussion could go on about its effort and aid response to the country, however dwelling on its ethics and the history of the conflict is beside the point. After the securing of a political structure, it is clear that economic expansion was and still is taking place. Natural resource trading companies grew and in correlation between ex-colonial influences and the political structure; they worked well in terms of business.

The islands urban districts have political structures that have been handed down through economic authorities such as Australia. With this political influence comes its national theory in which in order to conform; politicians quite often become subservient for their own self benefit, in turn establishing that system. Once the structure is functioning mostly of the same as its ex-colonial influence, the structure becomes dependent on its influences in order for the economy to grow. This does not just form the perfect bedding which corresponds to the wants of trade corporations; there is now a foundation for a people to urbanize too.

Underdeveloped countries may need support to insure economic development:

The disrupting factor in this dilemma are a voiceless people within a dependent system. The term underdeveloped means developing the economy to the standards of their ex-colonial influence. Culturally a mental superstructure loses its narrative in an economic vacuum. Once a person leaves their village to seek the urban life, in some ways identity is no longer shaped by a sustainable environment but now solely dependent on a controlled fabricated structure.

Dependency is formed when the system corresponds to groups and individuals who conform. Colonialism in this form is a political structure that shapes a person’s mental superstructure, which collectively dissolves cultural diversity and standardizes a people to a new model. The trend of dependency is seen when the political structure is dependent on the original influences and also on an individual level when a person is dependent on the economic structure determined by the laws of value in which they adopt.

Maybe such dependencies in some cases are necessary because of underdevelopment and lack of progress, arguably this allows continued dependency in the name of an economic order which reduces the culture to a mainstream economic identity.

A strong narrative which represents a people’s identity becomes disordered, the conflict involving a way of life is being exchanged for an economic structure. It is rare to find those who are still fully emerged within pre-colonial culture and equally rare so find people who live fully emerged within post-colonial modernization. This is an area of fragmentation, a change from past narrative on a generational time scale. A collective outlook on this generation is a lesser of their predecessors; a fragment in a historical process. Attempts to underline a fusion of both identity and politics has been thought about, but in this context, capitalism has an inherently unfair political nature and dose not operate to co-existent.

Sustainable agriculture lives beyond the boundaries of the urban district and plays a key role in the freedom to do other than be dependant. This key bridge between being dependent on a political structure and being free from it can only be crossed over when knowledge is exercised, this individual act is an important point to think about when a political structure finds itself investing in unsustainable business. The element of sustainable investment on a large scale not only contrasts the dependency that a person has on the structure but on a larger scale takes a group shift away from some international influence.

A further approach to making this shift is a call for monitoring over natural resource work sights to ensure the transparency and exposure of environmental damage and to regulate its political nature within the specific area in which they are allocated to exploit. Within this there is an importance to prioritize radical cultural ideology in contrast to the theoretical influences of its ex-colonials.

It becomes a place where its political influence had been put in the hands of corrupt politicians which in turn make it all the easier for economic structures to grow pear shaped.

Starting on a grass roots level separate from the political structure, resistance and affirmative action may be associated with nationalism at first sight, but quite the opposite is true on a global context. It is a fight against a class infrastructure that has kept this part of the world’s people subservient under a political order that puts the expansion of power politics as first priority while the people’s ideology and narrative dissolves. This structure can sometimes wield a lot of power, it is harder to change the political structure when it is fully developed as opposed to when it is still laying its foundations.