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Yasukatsu Matsushima

Author:Yasukatsu Matsushima
1963年琉球石垣島生まれ。石垣島、南大東島、与那国島、沖縄島にて育つ。

その後、東京、グアム、パラオ、沖縄島、静岡、京都、滋賀にて学び、働き、生活する。

著書に『沖縄島嶼経済史―12世紀から現在まで』藤原書店、2002年
『琉球の「自治」』藤原書店、2006年
『島嶼沖縄の内発的発展―経済・社会・文化』(編著)藤原書店、2010年、
『ミクロネシア―小さな島々の自立への挑戦』早稲田大学出版部、2007年
『琉球独立への道』法律文化社、2012年
『琉球独立論ー琉球民族のマニフェスト』バジリコ、2014年
『琉球独立ー御真人の疑問にお答えします』Ryukyu企画、2014年
『琉球独立宣言ー実現可能な5つの方法』講談社文庫、2015年
『民際学の展開ー方法論・人権・地域・環境の視座から』(編著)晃洋書房、2012年
『琉球列島の環境問題ー「復帰」40年・持続可能なシマ社会へ』(編著)高文研、2012年
『3・11以後何が変わらないのか』(共著)岩波書店、2013年
『島嶼経済とコモンズ』(編著)晃洋書房、2015年
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グアムは植民地である4

グアムや北マリアナ諸島で読まれている新聞、マリアナズ・バラエティのコラム記事です。
私もグアムや北マリアナ諸島に住んでいるときには毎日読んでいました。ロンさんは、グアムを植民地とは考えていない立場です。もうひとつの島で大きな新聞社のPacific Daily News紙のコラムニスト、マーフィーさんも保守的な論調でした。

次に「グアムは植民地でない」という見方を紹介します。



Politics and Status

Ron McNinch
(Marianas Variety)

Following WWII, America experienced a ?baby boom? between 1946 and 1964. Guam was no d
ifferent, we had a lot of children born following the occupation. This crop of new you
ng people actually led to the establishment of the College of Guam in 1952. By 1950, p
lanners realized that this post-war population was creating a need for trained teacher
s. So a teachers college was established. By 1968, this baby boom population group was
turning 18 and this pushed policy makers to upgrade the College of Guam to the Univer
sity level. This week we celebrated our Charter Day at UOG and this point can be overl
ooked. Biba UOG!

Our society is based on competition. We have two or more political parties. We have
all sorts of ideas that compete. Even this very newspaper broke the ice in recent
years for print media. The contrast is very nice. We love variety, no pun intended.
We avoid mediocrity. It is in the nature of America to always be dissatisfied with
something. Education is a constant point of dissatisfaction.

One of the great things about the military buildup is that like it or not, our
leaders have finally realized that for many years we have been pretty much ignored
by Washington DC. The bottom line is simple. To improve our relationship and
communications with the federal government, we have to improve our political status.
So this buildup has created a marketplace of competitive ideas just as the post war
population pushed education policy.

If you have been reading my column for a while, people get upset with me all the time.
It is a part of my nature I guess. For many years, Guam has claimed to have a ?decolo
nization? effort. To be frank, I don?t really think Guam is a colony. We pretty much h
ave a self-government with little negative interference by the federal government. Whi
le the Government of Guam is often effete and self-defeating, it is our government. An
d Guam?s leaders are our leaders. But they have chosen not to compete. Instead of bein
g gladiators in the arena, we often elect a cowardly crowd to serve us.

The military buildup is just a temporary distraction to blame any problem on, now
and in the future.

But if we wanted to, we could change our political relationship with the United
States. We could adopt an off the shelf Organic Act based constitution. We could
upgrade our relationship to a higher more effective level. Of course, to do these
things we have to try. And perhaps fail a few times. If we stumble in this process,
we need to get back up. And try again.

Independence and free association are not very good options for Guam. Nearly every
new nation since WWII, with the exception of Singapore has ended up in the Third
World. We could likely make a good argument for a Federal District. Perhaps the
Federal District of Guam. Part of the district status would be a voice in the US
Senate.

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