Sunday, January 31, 2016

Government’s continued spending outstripping national revenue – II

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[C]orruption should be given the seriousness it deserves without necessarily allowing the divisive brush of partisan politics to turn the moral landscape of collective agitational resistance to corruption into a demoralizing quicksand of collective inaction. We however need to do this in dribs and drabs in the hope that it will, someday, settle down in the vulgar trenches of public psychology. However we may want to look it, we cannot escape the fact that the political economy of corruption detracts from the expected high quality performance of the national economy. ...
It is difficult to speculate on how much the government loses annually to bureaucratic corruption at the ports and harbors in terms of tax revenue, money that eventually ends up in the sagging depths of private pockets perhaps with the partisan connivance of persons in political high places.
Still, we should add that such a flagrant disregard for the sanctity of public diplomacy is unpardonable given that we have not moved a notch past the coloniality of power. The dynamics of power relations between the colonized and the paternalistic colonizer, then, is as much alive as it is functionally dictating to the newly colonized clone of African leadership the way to the heart of imperial Machiavellianism. Thus we may point to a clear conflation of disagreeable parts in the equational dynamics of cultural psychology, where the model for political leadership in contemporary statecraft particularly in the case of Africa, is an internecine hybrid of post-colonialism. ...

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