Keeping Caribbean Democracy Alive!

Submitted by the Mahogany Coconut Think Tank and Watchdog Group
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The mahogany Coconut Group extends sincere holiday and New Year greetings to David and the BU family. We are also extending greetings to all those who contribute and are keeping democracy alive throughout the Caribbean. The MCG is not, as we have said on many occasions, interested in “I told you so…” pontifications.

However, we are extremely proud that we have been in the forefront of several issues : violence against women, children and the elderly; exposing the incestuous and visionless political parties in the region; finally getting others to recognize that there can be no sustainable development without a reformed approach to education; defending the right to freedom of expression, by standing as one with BU and other blogs; exposing the complicit role that major corporations such as Neal and Massy (Barbados Shipping and Trading) have played in wrecking regional economies and we have continued to maintain that the Caribbean is one Nation .

Another year comes to a close, with the same players offering the same solutions, and expecting different results. The simple truth is that those who cut their teeth on old and irrelevant economic teachings, and who have not contributed anything to modern economic models and governance, are essentially ill equipped to save the region from the present malaise. We may seem harsh on them but they have not demonstrated any capacity to get our regional economies moving in positive directions.

Fraudulent intellectuals must be exposed and, there must be a persistent and relentless assault on their blatant dishonesty and how they sing for the political supper. They are masquerading throughout the region and earning millions of dollars advising the corporate elite on how to fine tune their exploitation of the region, its people and resources. There are economists who are advising the corporate elite and political parties on how to exploit the masses of the Caribbean.

MCG will continue to support those causes which are designed to create the new Caribbean Nation. We have no interest in joining those who believe that changing governments/parties mean solving our regional problems. We therefore hope that progressive citizens of the Caribbean will continue to project our region as a zone of peace and dedicate themselves to: proper governance, the elimination of poverty and the eradication of violence against our women, children and the elderly. We call on them to keep moving forward even at the expense of victimization because of their progressive principles.

We therefore thank all those who have supported our blog and all the other causes with which we are currently engaged. The battle is far from over but with positive, genuine commitment, victory is always ahead.

All the best to in 2014.

18 thoughts on “Keeping Caribbean Democracy Alive!

  1. Whether rightfully conceived by some or wrongfully interpreted by others ,democracy would never work as it should along as the passions of men fails to conform to the dictates of reason and justice without constraints. So in order for democracy to work as it should, government must obviously impinged upon some of the rights of its citizenry whether we accept or not. It is a matter of balancing the constitutional rights of the citizenry, against those of the states.

    • What is democracy anyway? In one system those with money control and in the other those with political power control. What is common is that those with no power rely on the mercy of others to survive. We have to stop being ruled by ideology.

  2. President Abraham Lincoln called democracy: ” The government of the people for the people and by the people.”

  3. Democracy to me is being able to vote and vote out those persons who were sent by the electorate to represent the collective will of the people and end up undermining the same will their sent to represent.

  4. Remember now, we’re dealing with human beings and not instrumentes designed by human creativity to do a specific job. We ought to account for man’s faults and failings irrespective of whatever enterprise he undertakes.

  5. Mr Fenty with respect, start from the premise that a political party is a private … let me spell that slowly, P R I V A T E entity in which the general population has no say … N O S A Y, none, not even on the candidate that should represent the constituents. All that you as a general member of the population, has to go on is a promise that your interests will be represented when determinations on how the tax payers purse is spent are made. A promise is a comfort to a ….. (you can finish the sentence)

    At least absorb some of what Mahogany Coconut Think Tank and Watchdog Group is saying, you would be a better man for it

  6. @BAFBFP
    Correct me if I am wrong but I think that I am correct when I state my position with respect to the comment that you have made above; though you may probably take affront to it but that is quite okay because you’re certainly entitled to do so.

    Now, I really thought that a political party was supposed to represent a sets of IDEALS which the electorate can either choose to accept or reject in favor of the alternative?

    And the IDEALS of such party ought to concatenate with the principles that has given birth to the democratic ideology.

  7. Perhaps we should take out hats off to Kamla ,for inviting the leaders and dignitaries of Caricom attending Mandela’s State Funeral to share a Caribbean Airlines direct flight from Port of Spain to South Africa with her party. It might not have been free, but it has saved a lot of travelling time , transfers and hotel fees.
    Now if only we can get that ferry going.

  8. @ Mark

    70% of the eligible voters did not vote for the present administration. That is also true for the previous administration, and the one before. Now I am challenged as to how I can logically package this as a showing of “acceptance” of any ideals that you so proudly speak of.

    Certainly 40% of this same electorate are NOT easily given to trusting either of these entities on their “ideals”.

    I hope that I am making some progress here

  9. @ BAFBFP
    What does your analysis of the Barbadian electorate voting record have to do with anything? If you’re trying to make a point using the concept of MAJORITY as a basis for validating truth; then perhaps you ought to agree that the majority of the German population were complicity with Adolf Hitler’s mistreatment of the Jewish people? And history has now shown us that their actions were immoral by any standard of moral judgment.

  10. @BAFBFP
    The perennial dictum that states that, ” A hundred French soldiers can’t be wrong.” Ought to be reexamined under the microscope of critical reasoning, in an effort to ascertain the unarmed truth. And I say this in response to the premise you have utilized to somehow justify and legitimized your understanding of the truth.

  11. @BAFBFP
    Perhaps, one of the most important lesson I’ve learned as I’ve pensively contemplated the voices of human experience, is the fact that the majority in some rare cases is often wrong. And Socrates, in my view is one such example, as he endeavored without much availed to educated the ill – informed masses in Athens who obviously putted him to death.

  12. @BAFBFP
    If it is TRUST you’re claiming to be the definding factor which keeps the Barbadian electorate away from the polls. Then your agrument obviously falls flate on it face(!)

    Because you yourself ought to know that the TRUST which the Barbadian electorate can no long find in the political process; is directly attributed to the decadence in our present era and not entirely to the political process.

    And this inability to TRUST I would argue, cannot and must not be attributed to no one source, because it is multifactorial in scope. In that it touches every aspect of our entire human life!

  13. In the absence of the T shirt could we possibly behave any differently from what we see? Oh yes, it’s easy enough to be a gadfly like Socrates – but think of the range of opinions expressed here and the short shrift which many are given when their faces do not fit….in short, witness the intolerance, the narrow-mindedness, the sheer nastiness we demonstrate with each other. Change does not begin with policies, it begins with us as people.

  14. Okay so I am lost … Are you agreeing with the current process of presenting candidates to sit and determine how the public’s purse in spent? (still trying to wrap my head around “the majority in some rare cases is often wrong” comment)

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