What are the similarities and differences of colonialism and the neoliberal globalization project in terms their impact on development in Southern countries?

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Globalization is in many ways a continuation of colonialism in a key way: resources are taken from "developing" (that is, "southern," non-white) nations and distributed to those with the most power in the white/European/Western empire.

To break this down, a very broad history of colonialism is that between the 16th and 20th century, the governing powers of European countries (land-owners, business owners, gentry, church, etc.) sent "explorers" to countries in the global south (the Americas, Caribbean, Africa). These visits usually included killing or enslaving the indigenous people in these places and extracting natural and cultural resources, such as plants, food, art, metal and jewelry, and medicine. These resources were then brought back to European countries to be consumed and kept by the powerful people there, creating a settler state of European/white colonizers (some settlers by trade, others were Europeans seeking religious freedom or people convicted of crimes in Europe). These...

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