do you think terming countries as "developed" and "developing" is wrong?
yes. the term has never actually had a clear definition, economic or otherwise. it’s used to naturalise & ignore the ways in which European colonialism & U.S. imperialism and neoliberalism have actively impoverished, and continue to actively impoverish, colonised countries. these countries are not somehow behind on their “development” or in need of “developing” (implied: “developing” by European powers & the U.S.), but have been purposefully drained of resources for the benefit of colonial & imperial powers. plus, if you’re using the term “developing countries” to talk about “countries that need to develop better health care systems, better schools, better ways to bring water and electricity to people”–then what’s to exclude the U.S. from that list?
from that same article:
I dislike the term ‘developing world’ because it assumes a hierarchy between countries. It paints a picture of Western societies as ideal but there are many social problems in these societies as well. It also perpetuates stereotypes about people who come from the so-called developing world as backward, lazy, ignorant, irresponsible… In my view, the developed-developing relationship in many ways replaces the colonizer-colonized relationship. The idea of development is a way for rich countries to control and exploit the poor. You can see this through the development industry where billions of dollars are spent but very little gets achieved. Come to think of it, actually, I hate the term! –Shose Kessi
different terms to talk about the global distribution of wealth, often with their own historical and economic inconsistencies, have come into & gone out of vogue (think “Third World”). many people today prefer “Global South,” intended to “[mark] a shift from focus on development or cultural difference toward an emphasis on geopolitical power relations” and “interconnected histories of colonialism, neo-imperialism, and differential economic and social change through which large inequalities in living standards, life expectancy, and access to resources are maintained.” see also the “core-periphery” model.