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lymelightmusicpub:


Defeating Dictators
Fighting Tyranny in Africa and Around the World

George B.N. Ayittey
 


 

Palgrave Macmillan








Native of Ghana, Author, Economics Professor, Activist, President, (Free Africa Foundation), in Washington, DC.

George Ayittey (born 1945) is a Ghanaian economist, author and president of the Free Africa Foundation in Washington DC. He is a professor at American University,[1] and an associate scholar at the Foreign Policy Research Institute.[2] He has championed the argument that “Africa is poor because she is not free”, that the primary cause of African poverty is less a result of the oppression and mismanagement by colonial powers, but rather a result of modern oppressive native autocrats. He also goes beyond criticism to advocate for specific ways to address the abuses of the past and present; specifically he calls for democratic government, debt reexamination, modernized infrastructure, free market economics, and free trade to promote development.



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lymelightmusicpub:


Defeating Dictators
Fighting Tyranny in Africa and Around the World
 
 
Native of Ghana, Author, Economics Professor, Activist, President, (Free Africa Foundation), in Washington, DC.
George Ayittey (born 1945) is a Ghanaian economist, author and president of the Free Africa Foundation in Washington DC. He is a professor at American University,[1] and an associate scholar at the Foreign Policy Research Institute.[2] He has championed the argument that “Africa is poor because she is not free”, that the primary cause of African poverty is less a result of the oppression and mismanagement by colonial powers, but rather a result of modern oppressive native autocrats. He also goes beyond criticism to advocate for specific ways to address the abuses of the past and present; specifically he calls for democratic government, debt reexamination, modernized infrastructure, free market economics, and free trade to promote development.

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The “Cheetah Generation,” is a new breed of Africans, taking their futures into their own hands, instead of waiting for politicians to empower them. The compared to the previous “Hippo Generation,” who are lazily stuck complaining about colonialism, yet doing nothing to change the status quo.
George Ayittey (via limitedxess)

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George Ayittey on Africa through African Eyes

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Government as it is known in the West does not exist in much of Africa. Leaving aside the democratic requirement that a government must be by the people and for the people, one expects at a minimum a ‘government’ to be responsive to the needs of the people, or at least, to perform some services for its people. But even this most basic requirement for ‘government’ is lacking in Africa.

‘Government’ as an entity is totally divorced from the people, perceived by those running it as a vehicle not to serve but to fleece the people. Dishonesty, thievery, and peculation pervade the public sector. Public servants embezzle state funds; high-ranking ministers are on the take. The chief bandit is the head of state himself.

In Africa, government officials do not serve the people. The African state has been reduced to a mafia-like bazaar, where anyone with an official designation can pillage at will. In effect, it is a ‘state’ that has been hijacked by gangsters, crooks, and scoundrels. They have seized and monopolized both political and economic power to advance their own selfish and criminal interests, not to develop their economies.

Their overarching obsession is to amass personal wealth, gaudily displayed in flashy automobiles, fabulous mansions and a bevy of fawning women. Helping the poor, promoting economic growth or improving the standard of living of their people is anathema to the ruling elites. ‘Food for the people!’ ‘People’s power!’ ‘Houses for the masses!’ are simply empty slogans that are designed to fool the people and the international community.
Dr. George Ayittey, economist, author, professor at American University, associate scholar at the Foreign Policy Research Institute and president of the Free Africa Foundation in Washington DC. (via theafricatheynevershowyou)

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The only good dictator is a dead one.
George Ayittey at the #ISFLC (via anarchyandacupofcoffee)

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The Dangerous Economics of George Ayittey

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theafricatheynevershowyou:

Oslo Freedom Forum 2011

Ghanaian economist Dr. George Ayittey’s energy and hope are apparent from his first words on the “cheetah generation,” which he believes will take back Africa from the hands of dictators one nation at a time. He cautions, however, that street protests and brave actions are not enough.

In his presentation, he describes three cardinal principles that must be followed to topple a dictator: An Elders Council to unify all opposition forces; “know the enemy” (his modus operandi, strengths and weaknesses) and get the sequence of reform correct. It is not enough to oust a dictator. The dictatorship itself (a system of governance) must be dissembled through a six-step sequence: intellectual reform, political reform, constitutional reform, institutional reform, and economic reform. If parts are omitted or the order is subverted, the results can be dangerous: They will be left in place and the revolution reversed with one dictator replacing another. For example, premature economic liberalization can actually crush a revolution.

Ayittey is noticeably exasperated when discussing the West’s “cajoling” of African dictators to reform their abominable administrations. These efforts are met with what he deems “the coconut boogie,” a comical dance in which no real change is accomplished. Ayittey demands penetrating reform that addresses every aspect of society, that leaves no cronies in place, that ensures that future elections are fair. He urges us to not settle for anything less.

His final stipulation is that reform must come from within a nation. Opposition parties should not be funded by the West, and the African people should make demands for the changes they want to see. Only when this kind of internal reform—sparked by intellectual freedom—is combined with a systematic overhaul of all areas of government can real freedom and democracy be achieved. He lays great stress on the free media, which he believes is the most effective weapon against all dictatorships.

 No one knows African dictatorship better than Dr. Ayittey.


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regardintemporel:

Joseph Beuys

regardintemporel:

Joseph Beuys


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fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

Live from #Ferguson by Rosa Clemente:An hour ago, Jessica Care Moore Talib Kweli, folks from the Fellowship of Reconcillation, Philp Agnew of Dream Defenders, Bgyrl ForLife Malik from Occupy the Hood and Trymaine Lee from MSNBC and many others were chased like animals by the cops. We ran to get away and were surrounded on a small path on bridge, surrounded by all types of police and told to lie down and put our hands up. We complied and we were told if we did not stop moving we would be shot. We were breathing. The young brother lying on my feet as I was holding him was not able to control his breathing he said “I’m choking” the cop told him to stop or he would shoot him. I told him “try not to move, just lay still I got you.” The gun was at his chest. I looked at the cop and said “please, he is not doing anything” I tried to record but the cop had his finger on the trigger. I could feel Talib’s hand on my back and Jessica behind me. We laid there until one Black officer said “Let them go, we got who we wanted.” In all my life I have never been so terrified. The young brother Devin said thank you I think you saved my life. What is going down here in #ferguson in all my years of activism, organizing, I have never seen. This is a war zone, a military occupation and our children are the cannon fodder. P.S. The white boy who threw the water bottle a big fuck you, I am sure you were an agent provocateur. But for the police to act this way, they are itching to kill more of us. P.S. Women are also brutalized and terrorized by the police, at the end all of us are Black and Brown and animals to them.

fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

Live from #Ferguson by Rosa Clemente:

An hour ago, Jessica Care Moore Talib Kweli, folks from the Fellowship of Reconcillation, Philp Agnew of Dream Defenders, Bgyrl ForLife Malik from Occupy the Hood and Trymaine Lee from MSNBC and many others were chased like animals by the cops. We ran to get away and were surrounded on a small path on bridge, surrounded by all types of police and told to lie down and put our hands up. We complied and we were told if we did not stop moving we would be shot. We were breathing. The young brother lying on my feet as I was holding him was not able to control his breathing he said “I’m choking” the cop told him to stop or he would shoot him. I told him “try not to move, just lay still I got you.” The gun was at his chest. I looked at the cop and said “please, he is not doing anything” I tried to record but the cop had his finger on the trigger. I could feel Talib’s hand on my back and Jessica behind me. We laid there until one Black officer said “Let them go, we got who we wanted.” In all my life I have never been so terrified. The young brother Devin said thank you I think you saved my life. What is going down here in #ferguson in all my years of activism, organizing, I have never seen. This is a war zone, a military occupation and our children are the cannon fodder. P.S. The white boy who threw the water bottle a big fuck you, I am sure you were an agent provocateur. But for the police to act this way, they are itching to kill more of us. P.S. Women are also brutalized and terrorized by the police, at the end all of us are Black and Brown and animals to them.


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nuanced-subversion:

is this beautiful solidarity too much for you, anon?

(also, i feel bad for you.)


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adrowningwoman:

Anselm Kiefer - The Moral Law Within Us, The Starry Heavens Above Us, 1969

adrowningwoman:

Anselm Kiefer - The Moral Law Within Us, The Starry Heavens Above Us, 1969


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