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Challenges of Cohabiting Anti-Imperialism, Anti-Capitalism and Anti-Militarism


Thinking of Lenin's theorization of imperialism as a stage of capitalism and his opposition to war and wondering how to deal with bureaucratic authoritarianism through ‘peaceful means’ if and when the Left maintains an anti-imperialism, anti-capitalism, anti-war position! Capitalist imperialism is equally wrapped in militarism. The images from Hungary and the manner in which the police are dealing with the demonstrators on the streets of Budapest are not any different from what we see on the streets of Kampala, Uganda or Nairobi, Kenya during any anti-government protests. The extremes are destruction and death just as witnessed in many parts of Africa from Marikana Mines in South Africa to Lome in Togo. Kenya is one of the few countries that survived the violent ‘grabs of power’ in the 70s and 80s. I do not know if that was a good or bad thing; but generally the countries that underwent such ‘violent revolutions’ with few exceptions like Ghana seem to have slided back rather very quickly. 

Think of Uganda, for example. In 1986 Uganda was the most optimistic country as NRM captured Kampala and laid its 10-point agenda. Today, Museveni, the leader of a revolution - who himself totally failed to overcome militarism despite having been a student of Marx, Lenin and Mao as seen from his early days in the University of Dar es Salaam - has become an outright autocratic who has turned Uganda into his fiefdom. Now, the bureaucratic executive state in Nairobi is a typical example of how imperialist capitalist and militarist regimes engage in sheer politics of control and at once disguise themselves as ‘emerging democracies.’ 

So Uhuru Kenyatta can pretentiously 'respect' the supreme court ruling that nullifies his election through a flawed and militarized electoral process but still go on to run another equally if not more flawed and militarized election to which he runs against himself, wins against himself and then proclaims to the world; about how Kenya's democracy is maturing. Kwame Nkurumah taught us that neo-colonialism is an extension of imperialism. The Kenyan state is by all means a neo-colonial state; the only difference is that the capitalist imperialist who is ruling today is black while he was white during the historical colonial period. There is this man in Kenya known as Rev. Timothy Njoya. He writes about interesting topics. I may have seen a book published by him recently titled ‘The Divinity of the Clitoris.’ That aside, Njoya still speaks of Kenya as a British governorate to which Uhuru Kenyatta is just the 4th ‘post-colonial’ governor performing similar functions as those performed by colonial governors such as Sir Robert Thorne Coryndon Governor of British Kenya. If you see Mr. Raila Amolo Odinga with his newfound love for despot Uhuru Kenyatta, tell him to go grab ‘Not Yet Uhuru,’ the Autobiography of his late dad Jaramogi Oginga Odinga and read.

Challenges of Cohabiting Anti-Imperialism, Anti-Capitalism and Anti-Militarism Challenges of Cohabiting Anti-Imperialism, Anti-Capitalism and Anti-Militarism Reviewed by Ibrahim Magara on December 18, 2018 Rating: 5

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