Monday, April 22, 2024

When region is the opium of the people

In my generation when we grew up, we were generally divided over political concepts of the East and West. The East represented communism/socialism axis while capitalism was generally a concept of the West. We were so divided along these political concepts and I chose democracy as it was used as a smoke screen for a capitalist world.

Most of us Africans were not aware that it was these ideologies that would set us apart for a very long time and in the process ruining our culture and economies. The main reason why these ideologies were so pronounced was for the fact that we were caught up in the middle of a Cold War.

I have said to someone that it is interesting that our politics in Botswana are no longer defined along those lines, it is the personality of a leader that actually defines the ideology of a party. Who in the 1980s would have imagined that Duma Boko was going to turn the BNF into a capitalist organization.

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