Course Outline

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Title of Course: Economics 201

Black Power Economics: Beyond Capitalism

Mba Mbulu, Instructor

Read the essay below. Afterwards, try to get the best understanding you can of the following questions.
(1) What type of alternative experiences can Black Power Economists provide for Black People?
(2) What can countries in the Caribbean and South America do to help Us promote a Black Power economic reality?
(3) What is involved in a revolutionary diplomatic approach?
(4) Are countries in different parts of the world interested in opening trade relations with Black businesses in the United States?

Class #11: Revolutionary Diplomacy [Audio Version]

One of the objectives of a Black Power Economist is to provide Black People with alternatives to whatever We are experiencing in the United States. This includes making those of Us who want to relocate aware of places they might relocate to and under what conditions. Needless to say, the fact that a Black person relocates does not mean s/he has stepped out of Our struggle. When a person relocates, s/he has the opportunity to work for Black independence from outside of the United States, something that is very, very critical.

Black Power Economists must put pressure on countries in the Caribbean, South America and Africa about establishing special programs that will facilitate the relocation of Blacks who want to and are able to leave the United States. Black Power Economists must develop the competitive will to take on such tasks and convince reluctant government officials that such a move will be good for Black Power overall. We must urge foreign governments to enact residency and citizenship programs that acknowledge and address Our unique needs, while making it clear that We have special skills and resources that can add value to their country. We have to make others take Us seriously, and Black Power Economists must be at the forefront of that initiative.

Black Power Economists must also devise ways to overcome the obstacles initiated by the US government that will make it difficult for Us to relocate to other countries and carry on trade with foreign businesses. Foreign governments are quite willing to develop economic bonds with independent Black businesses and business persons; countries in Africa, South America, Cuba and Asia included. We have to begin approaching these governments as representatives of an independent, Black economic and political reality, apart and separate from the United States of America. That way, We will begin to give feeling and presence to Our independence initiative.

There is a lot the people and governments of countries like Zimbabwe, Cuba and Venezuela can do to help Black Power Economists, and there is a lot Black Power Economists can do to assist the people and governments of most progressive countries. By introducing a revolutionary diplomatic approach, by supporting and receiving support from those who have stepped outside of the capitalist scheme, and by daring to step outside of the capitalist scheme Ourselves We can make life better for Our people and speed up the emergence of a Black Power Economics system.

Black Power Economists (each one of Us), Black Power Economics Units and a Black Power Economics Governing Body must audit the books, make revolutionary investments and carry out a revolutionary diplomatic program. We can do that and more, much more.

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