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The Brutal Dictatorship of Kwame Nkrumah II


francis kwarteng
2015-02-04 22:37:30
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Thanks, INXS! I Am Tired of the Endless

G.K. Berko,

I support your position wholeheartedly particularly on the last two statements. You have spoken well.

It is why I have been exploring with my readers the specific ares of Nkrumah's holistic thinking that overlap with the developmental methodology of the leadership of the so-called Asian Tigers. This is why I have not argued for any policy strategies specific to the NPP or the NDC.

On the other hand I have hardly concentrated on the CPP, except to harp on those innovative ideas of Nkrumah, that, I think, can help grow the economy of Ghana. Strategically and tactically, our leaders of today appear less focused than Nkrumah, I think.

What is more, I have concentrated on Nkrumah in my many articles because, unlike the leaders we have today who think about Ghana in strict partisan terms, Nkrumah concentrated his ideas on building Ghana.

What if Ghana's leadership learns to think more about developing Ghana than stealing in turns after 4 or 8 years?

Having said that, I don't think I will take to your statement "some forest monkey in NPP with little education." No one needs degrees or any specific amount of education to to debate these questions.

Time, ability to perform basic research, proper and factual presentation of analyis, and dialectic rhetoric delivery are what one actually needs. Nkrumah did not have a doctorate but his ideas are more insightful, international, provocative, scientific, and philosphical (as far as development economics and nation-building goes) than his PhD-holding contemporaries.

Moreover, his ideas have impected the world than his contemporaries who had advanced multiple degrees. Nkrumah (and his ideas) remains one of the most studied African today around the world.

Thus, I strongly object to any discussion that makes degrees or "quantity" of education a measure of intelligence or knowledgeability unless, of course, it is neccessary for the context of a discussion.

I don't think you or Dr. SAS would have been unintelligent without degrees or education. Degrees and education are merely one means to an end. They are not in and of themselves everything.

In my case I don't rely on degrees or "quantity" for self-identity or for self-affirmation. I can hold my own against anybody without the chains of degrees a person has, or his/her expertise. Degrees or "quanity" of education mean nothing to me, in fact. We are all intelligent one way or the other even without the trappings of degrees or education. I find you, G.K. Berko particularly intelligent, so do I find Dr. SAS.

Well, I hope I have not taken your statment out of context.

As for me I shall continue to harp on the good ideas of Nkrumah and his relative goodness. I say this because I have closely studied him and his contemporaries and, thus, consider him the best Ghana and Africa ever had (in spite of his shortcomings). This is what I hope to do till death!

Also I pay close attention to the trend of development economics, the Asian Tigers, and economic theory and, lo and behold, the very ideas Nkrumah pursued are more or less what these Asian Tigers have used to develop their societies. Why can't our leaders do the same today?

Thanks to you both.

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02-04 01:07
francis kwarteng
02-04 22:37