The problem of persistent underdevelopment has not been solved precisely because existing ideas and concepts are not sufficient to solve it, and no new ones have been introduced. The essential conceptual tools that can first organize existing but disparate knowledge, and then connect it to the ideals that we dream about, have not been created and are not being created. No other area of study in our world has suffered as much intellectual stagnation as the persistent underdevelopment problem. This is partly because the problem is genuinely difficult and has frustrated all efforts that have been made. But also because the unrestricted use of human imagination, on this particular topic, has long been outlawed in the academy with political correctness and its strict enforcement. Here, we are not bound by any of that, and our use of imagination is unrestricted. (chapter 8)
Samuel A. Odunsi, Sr.