The Indebted Creditors: Colonialism, Underdevelopment and the Invaluable Value of the Historic Debt
This paper examines four different approaches to the historic debt that developed countries owe to underdeveloped countries. It is shown how this debt has been disregarded by the cultural explanations of underdevelopment; how it was explained and condemned by Andre Gunder Frank, Ruy Mauro Marini, Theotonio dos Santos and other exponents of dependency theory; how it has been negated by the right-wing French intellectuals Max Gallo, Daniel Lefeuvre and Pascal Bruckner; and how it can still be recognized and problematized following Jacques Lacan’s ideas. The Lacanian theory, together with Alain Badiou’s critique of Sarkozism, is also used to criticize the denial of the debt by Gallo, Lefeuvre and Bruckner.
SubjectsHistoric debt, underdevelopment, colonialism, capitalism, Sarkozism, dependency theory, Jacques Lacan, Alain Badiou
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