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Democracy for Breakfast

Unveiling Mirage Democracy in Contemporary Africa

Tatah Mentan

Publication Year: 2013

Democracy is the faith that the process of experience is more important than any special result attained, so that special results achieved are of ultimate value only as they are used to enrich and order the ongoing process. Africans must therefore be allowed to apply their cultural and historical experiences and talents in working out a pattern of ëgovernment of the people, by the people, and for the peopleí according to their own understanding and as their own peculiar circumstances demand. Those who do not want the vertical ëWestern-Style Democracyí must be given a fair chance to demonstrate an alternative African horizontal democracy. Perhaps what they come up with might be of benefit to politics even in the West, provided that their radical system of horizontal democracy protects the life, liberty and property of citizens, and provided that the people want it. The question of externally imposed or market-driven multi-party or dual-party or non-party is a matter of modality and should not occupy the center stage in Africa.

Published by: African Books Collective


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p. 1-1

Title page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. 2-5


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pp. v-vi

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pp. vii-8

...?Even Jesus Christ cannot conduct a free and fair election in Nigeria?-Obasanjo, ?Democracy is like beauty: you know it when you see it? ? Anonymous. ?Just too much democracy in Ghana! But? No water! No electricity! No food! No money! Do we eat democracy? Do we feed our children with democracy? All politicians-rogues! They come to us only when there is election! After election, ...

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pp. viii-xx

These disparate and desperate voices of despair all point to the fact that democracy has become a mirage in contemporary Africa. In fact, ?Democracy? is in, and ?development? is out as buzzwords for Africa. The very ?development? idea and word are in apparently terminal crisis. The new idea to replace it is ?democracy.? Why? The reason for ...

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Part I: Profile of Neoliberal Ideology

Neoliberalism as an ideology is dominant in that it is permeating the public policies of many governments in developed and developing countries and of international agencies such as the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, World Trade Organization, and many technical agencies of the United Nations, including the World Health ...

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Chapter 1 - Introduction: Context, Concepts and Substance

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pp. 3-36

Concepts lie at the core of social science theory and methodology. measurement; and, they influence the selection of cases for any study. One of the greatest challenges facing the social sciences today is the task of cultivating a closer connection between theoretical concepts and empirical analysis. The task of this chapter is therefore to connect ...

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Chapter 2 - At The Core of Neoliberal Ideology

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pp. 37-104

Neoliberalism is the ideology and practice of the dominant classes of the developed and developing worlds alike. The fantasy of free trade organizes enjoyment through the promise that everyone will win, uses losses to reconfirm the necessity of strengthening the system so that everyone will win, and perpetually displaces the thieves of enjoyment ...

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Part II: Neoliberalism, State And Global Governance

This part explores the relationship between neo-liberalism, state power and global governance. It seeks to show how neo-liberalism has failed to deliver a framework for state power and global governance capable of delivering stability and enduring prosperity. It also contends that the role of politics in general, and the state and global governance ...

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Chapter 3 - A Critique of Market-Driven Democracy

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pp. 107-132

If we take seriously the ideology, arguments and values now emanating from neoliberalized globalizers, there is no room in the African obligations of citizenship, compassion and collective security outweigh the demands of what might be called totalizing market-driven society; that is, an African society that is utterly deregulated, privatized, ...

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Chapter 4 - State in Africa under Neo-liberalism

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pp. 133-182

Africa has been an important laboratory for the implementation of neoliberal policies under the patronage of Bretton woods institutions. structural adjustments aiming at cutting their expenses in education and health, at privatizing their public assets, and at liberalizing their economies. Following the failure of this development strategy, they ...

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Part III: Neoliberalism and Thought Control in Africa

...?One of the least understood strategies of the world revolution now moving rapidly toward its goal is the use of mind control as a major means of obtaining the consent of the people who will be subjects of the New World Order.? -- From The National Educator, K.M. Heaton ...

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Chapter 5 - Thought Control: Unveiling Corporate Media Manipulation

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pp. 185-238

A democracy is the type of society in which ultimate power lies with the people. Leaders in Africa are supposed to be servants, accountable to the people and fulfilling the wishes of the people, making decisions for the greater good of all. Of course, for the people to exercise this power responsibly and wisely, they need to have an accurate picture ...

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Chapter 6 - Unveiling Neoliberal Thought Control: Education

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pp. 239-276

Educational relations are critical elements of our humanity and sociability. In a globalized neo-colonial world, an insidious and often debilitating crisis of knowledge construction and legitimation does not only continue to undermine African local and indigenous knowledge systems, but it also perpetuates a neo-colonial and oppressive socio-...

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Part IV: Future with African Democracy

After a smooth start in the early post-1990s, African is increasingly afflicted by contradictions between its idealistic democratic principles and the baser behaviors of many of its officeholders. These behaviors currently include threats to institute tighter controls over the judiciary and civil society critics, especially the independent media. A discernible ...

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Chapter 7 - Summary, Reprise and Typologies

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pp. 279-314

Today one may claim without any fear of exaggeration that much of Africa is ready for a new democratic environment for its development. predominance of demons afflicting deeply-divided societies and the community. It would require a sweeping transformation of political culture and an enormous accumulation of social capital in the form of ...

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Chapter 8 - Toward an African Democracy?

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pp. 315-354

In the 1970s and 1980s, what the political scientist Samuel Huntington called the ?third wave? of global democratization led to breathtaking political changes in Latin America, parts of Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, everywhere?except for the Middle East. As popular jubilations swept across Africa in the 1990s, many policymakers and analysts were ...

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Back cover

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p. 355-355

Democracy is the faith that the process of experience is more important than any special result attained, so that special results achieved are of ultimate value only as they are used to enrich and order the ongoing process. Africans must therefore be allowed to apply their cultural and historical experiences and talents in working out a pattern of ?government ...

E-ISBN-13: 9789956791040
Print-ISBN-13: 9789956791279

Page Count: 374
Publication Year: 2013