Adapted from a model described by Albert Memmi in which he sought to define colonialism as the mechanism by which unfree people exist in varying degrees of unfreedom relative to those in position above or below them our model is described regarding the 13,000 or so families to whom nearly all income and wealth in the U.S. go. All of this is designed to only benefit the colonial or ruling elite and stands in direct opposition to notions of “freedom” and “democracy” as defining principles of this or any Western imperial society.
See this summary chart on the function of colonialism from Bruce Cosby and note how this works today in the U.S. regarding Black, Latino and other communities – including a permanently imposed global poverty. Musically, we have developed a model demonstrating how that industry in particular maintains – ideologically – a neo or domestic or contemporary Black American colony.
Hear this described in modern terms (specifically regarding the flow of income and wealth up to the smallest segment of society) by Dr. Michael Perelman, an economist at California State University, in a recent interview with Dr. Robert McChesney for Media Matters.