NEO-COLONIALISM AND NATIONALISM
Neo-colonialism is a geopolitical practice to influence a country using capitalism, global globalization and cultural imperialism. This practice was predominant as early as 1946 in the Philippines wherein the United States established a neo-colony in the country. It immensely affected the Philippine lifestyle, culture and government.
This geopolitical practice unravelled a lot of issues concerning Philippine Independence. Philippine independence was questioned. It was contended that the Philippines should run for and by itself without the interference of the United States. It seemed like Philippines is independent legally but not politically.
The colonial past reflects to the Philippines today. Due to the long history of neo-colonialism of United States in the Philippines, it is still evident today. There are several aspects wherein the neo-colonial relationship penetrated the Philippines. It was because of this that the government learned the art of graft and corruption controlled by an oligarch.
Nationalism was greatly affected due to neo-colonialism which produced two kinds of nationalistic response: the elitists’ response and the masses’ reaction. These are contradicting guilds; that often result to disputes between them. The elitists’ position as one of the ruling class, usually favour the government because of their own benefit. While on the other hand, the masses protests with how the government is controlled because they are deprived with proper compensation.
All in all, neo-colonialism was a great influence to the government that we have today. It is the root cause of the rampant corrupt political practices in the government nowadays. It had been a governmental heirloom of the politicians of the past until now. If only the Filipinos know how to resist and unite in one cause, the colonial past will soon fade, and the Philippines will not only be legally free but the country will be reaching political and spiritual independence once and for all. The independence we all have been waiting for; that one big leap to an economic progress—for a better Philippines for the next generations to live in.