(Original post by Elipsis)
O no, I feel terrible now. That isn't exactly what every civilisation that has ever existed has done, we just happen to have done it in the most advanced way... How much time exactly has to pass before that's an excuse? The majority of colonial assets were given up 2 or 3 generations ago, and a fairly large number of ex-colonies are now extremely rich; which leads me to believe it is a problem that lies with the former colony itself, rather than anything to do with us.
1) Many of our former colonies were once thriving and advanced civilizations. Africa, for example, was very wealthy until we invaded and enslaved the population (take Timbuktu for example). We took their natural resources and sold them to private companies - companies which are based in the rich nations and hence all profit goes back to us.
2) When we left colonies we pretty much just abandoned them and allowed corrupt leaders to take power. Thus, these leaders keep the wealth the country has to themselves keeping the majority of the population poor.
(Original post by adamrules247)
That, my dear chap, is a problem of over consumption.
Besides, even of you did jam every person in Texas (which I'm not suggesting you do, btw) There's still an awful lot of space left.
But what about all the houses, schools, hospitals, shops, offices, roads, power stations, farmland, factories etc that we need for everyday living?
It's all good saying we could all fit
into Texas but could we all live
in Texas? I think not.