Citizens have questioned the validity of governing bodies throughout history. In America, this is especially true. In a large country of immigrants, many question if their government truly represents their people, even if it means undermining the democracy their forefathers built. When examining such a democracy, understanding voter turnout is important in determining who is really determining elections. The United States has consistently had one of the lowest voter turnout rates of not only western civilization, but of all developed nations, since the mid-1960s
The United States of America was the only “government of the people, by the people, for the people,” but people have often questioned how accurately the government represents the people. One major issue with representation in the U.S. government: how can you represent the people, if the people choose not to participate? Citizens often choose not to cast a ballot.
The book gives historical context to the practice of enslavement, before mostly examining how modern day slavery is perpetrated in different corners of the world, including our own. It also gives in-depth analysis to several types of modern day bondage, from child trafficked for sex to adults forced to labor under the threat of violence.
In short, the lack of a governing body to enforce any type of political economy can lead to contemporary forms of slavery by failing to enforce the labor rights of individuals, which is what happens to Agu and several others in Beasts of No Nation.
It was economic, though incredibly despicable. If their focus was strictly economic, then it makes sense that perpetual slavery would be the one they chose, as it would be the most labor one could possibly acquire. African slavery in the New World, in short, was about making the colonies profitable and viable, not about oppressing Africans, though it ultimately became a racially oppressive system that they would go to war to protect.
Everything I’ve read that still sticks with me. I’m sure I’ve forgotten some, but a good place to start.