“The first panacea for a mismanaged nation is inflation of the currency; the second is war. Both bring a temporary prosperity; both bring a permanent ruin. But both are the refuge of political and economic opportunists.” - Ernest Hemingway
There is one change that is certain to be acknowledged by the world. An African-American, whom we like to call endearingly, a brother, has made it to the White House. It sends a powerful symbolic message of change by registering the first ever sheer break from the usual pattern of presidential selection in the annals of American history. This change is real irrespective or independent of whether the African-American president succeeds or fails to make the presidency a force for change both inside the USA or the way America relates both to the rest of the world and mother nature.
However, a substantive change comes when the institutional and policy lock-ins that have misdirected American power time and time again specially after the post World War II and Post Cold War periods can be re-orientated to drive world politics and economics to modes of global governance free from hubris, arrogance and the pursuit of solo interest to that of valorising the welfare of both people and nature globally. If the militarist course is not reversed, if the power of example does not supplant the example of power(W.J.Clinton), if the double standard and hypocrisy continues supporting dictatorships considered pro-American or pro-supportive of the sitting American administration whilst opposing others taken as unfriendly, then we are back to square one. The change of election time’s talk becomes just that- a lot of talk. Substantive change comes if America understands and becomes confident also that it can eat out of everyone’s hands, if only it builds its relationships with the rest of the world by promoting equitable and fair systems of global governance with multilateral consultation, deliberation and wisdom abandoning the easy and facile triumphalism from the sort of Fukuyama’ type of End of History pronouncement that followed the demise of the former USSR!. The opportunity exists to make a difference by changing course, less triumphalist, more collaborative and team building and team playing to make the world a safer place for all now and future generations so that who becomes champions is peace and security for all on earth.
With a great anticipation of the coming inauguration of Brother Barrack Obama, we dare offer some thoughts for his leadership to consider doing to refresh America’s position for the good of the world for both
In November, 2008 the whole world was witness to history having been made in
When members hailing from the most oppressed communities reach the pinnacle such as the White House, it is not only a victory for them alone, it is also redemption for their tormentors and oppressors. More importantly, it is so liberating of everyone touched by the episode, it is as if the whole of humanity has attained a civilisation shift of world historic proportion. That is what took place in
Reminiscing SOBU- Student Organisation for Black Unity
Some of us as college students in the
An African-America Family in the White House
We now have an African-American intellectual family that made use of the best Ivy League research universities education to prepare them to lead the
But militarism is not wealth in the end. It is wealth accumulated through the means of death. Health is wealth and life. Education is wealth and learning. People who train and are healthy work and create wealth. Nature preserved and not treated as infinite sink is the source of wealth and knowledge. Knowledge is productive power that drives a wealthy, healthy, educated and, humane, moral, just and fair society, people and nature. Making wealth through lending and borrowing via banks, and selling and killing through armaments and the military is immoral and unsustainable, and the world should outlive it in the 21st century. Look what the Banks did in 1929! They triggered the first great depression. Look at what the Banks are doing to the
Changing the military industry into civil defence conversion will not be easy. The transition will be treacherous. We can all try to understand the enormous challenges and try to be supportive and not pre-judge the current elected African–American president, if this goes beyond his term to refashion. All can give him the benefit of doubt and can show patience to understand and allow him to make the mistakes he is likely to make, but we hope that the main thrust of change is to change the foundation of a military economy into a peace-promoting economy. When that is secure a real change will come both to the
Who had thought it was possible for African-Americans to reach the White House? If such changes are possible, it is also possible to change the structure of the American economy from the military to civil economy. Such a change will also change American global politics for the good of the world. Let us hope
...to be continued
By Mammo Muchie,
Chairperson of NES currently NRF/DST research professor, IERI, TUT,