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Destiny's LandfallA History of Guam, Revised Edition$
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Robert F. Rogers

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780824833343

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824833343.001.0001

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Guam A Neocolonial Anachronism

Guam A Neocolonial Anachronism

(p.286) Epilogue Guam A Neocolonial Anachronism
Destiny's Landfall

Robert F. Rogers

University of Hawai'i Press

This concluding chapter looks into Guam’s political situation and argues that the country is a special case of colonialism that will go on for years in a postcolonial world unless Washington and the people of Guam reach a compromise that meets the needs of both sides to end the colonial status of the island. As of the moment, Guam’s economic viability is still dependent on its strategic location and its enduring military value—both of which factor in to its neo-colonial situation at present. Though this colonialism has been beneficial to Guam in many respects, a deepening moral corrosion was manifested in recent history by the failure to improve Guam’s political status and by the increasing frivolity of the island’s leaders. The chapter concludes with some reflections on Guam’s political future.

Keywords:   Guam politics, neo-colonialism, colonialism, postcolonial world, Guam economy, military value

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