Police Brutality: The Metaphysics of Violence, Kifon Emile, M.A.

“. . . the face presents itself, and demands justice.”

Emmanuel Levinas: Totality and Infinity, 294.

Human existence oscillates between rights and privilege brought to equilibrium through the auspices of the law. It is a right because it is natural; derived from the basic principle that animates life. It is a privilege because it is transcendental; resulting from that which man cannot completely [be]hold, apprehend nor grasp.

The right to exist emanates from its privilege which is transcendental. Because all humans benefit from the latter, it becomes a right by virtue of our indebtedness to the same transcendence which bestowed it upon us. In this light, the encounter with the other is usually either an encounter with one’s own other self or another transcendental manifestation of self [humanity] which commands reverence. Respect, therefore, is not a choice that humans offer another, it is a due that is paid to that transcendence seen in each person which reminds us of our own human[ity]ess. Or as the ethical philosopher, Emmanuel Levinas puts it: “The face opens the primordial discourse whose first word is an obligation.” (Totality and Infinity 201) Another expression for this obligation is the obligation to respect others because the face [other]  is a natural epiphany of relation “ . . . the face speaks to me and thereby invites me to a relation . . .” (ibid. 198).

The equality of all humans is enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1945, in these terms: “all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.” A better formulation appeared 126 years prior in the form of the declaration of independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” These edits underpin the supreme value of life which must not be transgressed in any way. In fact, the values of life, liberty, and happiness must be promoted, defended by all means possible. And for this reason, the institution of government [republic] is created to promote the well-being of everyone, as the aforementioned declaration specifies: “That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”

A government, therefore, is instituted primarily for one reason: protect and promote the rights of the individual. In order to accomplish such task, it creates the police, a civil force unit, the protect citizens who are either in harm’s way or in danger from people of the underworld. As a living expression of the law, it reconciles natural rights and transcendental privileges.

Nonetheless, those entrusted with the duty to serve and protect have been the cause of pain for a fair number of persons: about 632 civilian deaths in 2014, 845 deaths in 2015, 183 in 2016. These deaths have often been an issue of concern for most citizens who question the use of force in the defense or elimination of life. While courts have often adjudicated in favor of police officers almost all the time, the public had remained skeptical in most cases and the gap of mistrust has progressively widened between the two.

At the heart of police, violence is the negation of existence, the refusal to acknowledge this basic principle of equality, transcendence, and respect. It is violence borne out of the desire to deny the other’s right to live, to be free, to be happy; the basic right to have a face and consequently be doomed to perpetual silence. It is denial because it confiscates rights [sef-defense?] to oneself while the others’ rights become a privilege resulting from the tolerance of the former. Here, humanity has been betrayed: “we belong to humanity, but humanity doesn’t belong to us.” This is not a structural violence per se, it is a metaphysical violence, arrogance, and brutality where absolute rights become discretionary for those who have stripped them from having a face, a say, a life. Such victims are humans only to the extent to which their human/state counterparts permit, or they’d have to purchase their way up to humanity through a perpetual surrender of will and free-will, which in most cases does not guarantee safety and the obligation of respect.  The conjugation of this brutality is always packaged in a subtle form historically known to mask its outright spitefulness.

The Criminalization of Tolerance

The criminalization of the concept of tolerance seems to originate from the definition both from dictionaries as well as from popular usage. The Cambridge dictionary defines it as a “:…willingness to accept behavior and beliefs that are different from your own even if you disagree or disapprove of them.” Even though this statement surmises reasonably the idea of tolerance, it insinuates some incoherence which should be outlined.

Firstly, it is based on the assumption that people have jurisdiction to agree or disagree with the behavior and beliefs of others even when the latter is not their children, spouse, student or a relation of necessary dependence. The idea of agreeing and disagreeing with others is part of social etiquette and not a duty that some people have to exercise on others.

Secondly, even when the possibility of evaluating or agreeing with the behaviors and beliefs of others, it is always based on the individual’s perspective instead of what is objective or what the law prescribes. In this sense, tolerance becomes another form of abuse of common sense and disregard of the law. For example, if the law requires citizens of every race and ethnic group to sit in a bus, then your acceptance of the way another person sits is not a sign of tolerance since the law already permitted it. A further permission [agreeing] from another person only shows respite for the law which commands everyone. Lastly, society is so diverse and complex that our desire to agree or disagree with their beliefs and behavior is only vain and vile.

Therefore, “tolerance is not the permission that we give to others to exercise their rightful freedom. It is the acceptance that the exercise of the rightful freedom of others is not a privilege of our permission.” (UWC 197). By refusing to claim any jurisdiction of judgment and by admitting the complexity of society which is beyond our sway of wishes, we begin to reach an understanding of tolerance.

The use of violence, often without the exhaustion of all means of communication demonstrate no sign of tolerance: victims are deprived of speaking, having a voice, being different, acting and thinking different. And when thinking/acting differently goes on safely, it becomes not a victory for the rule of law but for the cop for glorifies himself for being nothing more than what he ought to be. Or are we missing the point?

The Suspension of Protocol

Respect is not an option of life, it is the nature of life, in its social sense. Evolutionarily, it is the survival of the fittest. In the social setting, norms, taboos, and laws necessarily guide human actions, so too is the police force. These norms become incorporated into the daily lives of humans thereby becoming a form of etiquette or protocol.

The interaction of police and civilians is a normal interaction as are all others with the exception that one party is a representative of the State, at least formally. But for some reason, they assume the right to suspend protocol during interactions when they find it convenient. In numerous circumstances when the use of force is questionable, any individual would agree that there had always been possibilities of dialogue. But regrettably, within seconds of interactions, some officers judge it fit to pull the trigger knowing that a citizen’s life would be endangered. Argument: self-defense. The use of force for self-defense is mainly justified against necessary, proportional aggression. Running from a cop, pulling an ID or talking disrespectfully to a cop does not necessarily threaten his life.

In numerous circumstances when the use of force is questionable, any individual would agree that there had always been possibilities of dialogue. But regrettably, within seconds of interactions, some officers judge it fit to pull the trigger knowing that a citizen’s life would be endangered. Argument: self-defense. The use of force for self-defense is mainly justified against necessary, proportional aggression. Running from a cop, pulling an ID or talking disrespectfully to a cop does not necessarily threaten his life.

Suspension of protocol or the refusal to communicate indirectly means putting another’s life on suspension till the cop decide his fate. That transitory life, always in suspension through such interactions reflects neglect of the other’s existence. For, no person’s existence should be suspended or threatened by a wall of protocol for the simple reason that every person has a right to exist, differently, weirdly, strangely, angrily. But let it exist. The role of the police of to follow protocol and help others follow, but in no circumstance, risk their lives for not doing exactly so.

The Instrumentalization of Legality

From the old legal model: guilty until found innocent, society went onto innocent until proven guilty in modern societies. The process of law requires that only those found guilty shall be sanctioned through restitutive and punitive measures. As for the latter, the death penalty is reserved mainly for offenses which have caused evident and permanent harm to individuals on a great scale.

Nonetheless, people still die and suffer casualties of various sorts without being charged with any offense simply because of a [subjective] perception construed not necessarily through the instant interaction but through years and decades of criminal construction of prototypes of danger.

But the greatest danger is when the law is instrumentalized to serve only itself and its board members. The use of violence becomes legal at all times while the possibility to defend – declare your innocence becomes a privilege, which some will never have. This abuse of the law, under the pretext of strengthening the – rule of – law, kills the law as well as its citizens who are the very first beneficiary. From a liberal perspective, the laws are made to protect the people while from a Republican perspective, it is made to protect the State. Semantic jargon once more. Res publica, currently transcribed as the republic mainly refers to the stronghold of the public, the people.

And when social uproar questions such use of force, through the force indictment of a given cop, almost all the time the cop is found not guilty. Throughout the United States, these courts have remained consistent in its defense of cops who kills its citizens. This is a real danger to the citizenry.

Brutalization of Civility

Civility has not always been civil. Or, civility is not always civilized. Brutality evidently emerges to strip it from every significant progress, making it digress into primitive brutality cosmetically termed the legitimate use of force or what we may rightfully call the brutalization of civility.

Civilizations are often built on what is not civilized: war, enslavement, and exploitation. These uncivilized models have been incorporated into modern State as legitimate violence. But the line between legitimate and illegitimate is always difficult to establish. For most people, once the State is involved, it becomes acceptable. Gordon was a runaway slave in 1983 from Mississippi made famous by the scares on his back which he received as punishment from his masters.

The heinous nature of slavery could be seen in one picture and this was legitimate violence to the slave owners. Even though the image of his scares was used to make a propaganda against the slavery, it is easily forgotten that current police brutality inscribes into this same logic of violence where lives are lost. Yet, no propaganda is made to end such violence. On the contrary, those who advocate for respect and limited use of deadly force are being attacked and despised.

Gordon was publicly beaten to send a message to all the slaves on how they should be obedient. So too, police brutality, using some as scapegoats, is a form of sending a signal to the public to be law abiding.

But the enforcement of civility through utter brutality and use of ultimate force only destroys the very foundation of peace and a civilized society. And the main reason why such destruction delays peace is because of the victims are for the most part the subordinate ones and are already despised by the society they helped to build over the centuries.

If human life/existence is worth it, then it is worth it even when it is weird, silent, angry, non-compliant, different. Let it be life unless there are evident and convincing facts that life is in imminent danger. However, this seems to be far from reach, as of now, because the business of insecurity is really profitable.

Commercialization of Insecurity

The story of all societies is always that of ‘us’ against ‘them’, a ‘fabricated right’ against an ‘unconfirmed wrong’, the ‘abiding and understanding us’ against the ‘lawless and ignorant’ they etc. In this pattern, natural fault lines occur which, even the unity of the State find it hard to bridge: ethnic fault lines, color, income, accent, language, and religion etc. Safety is sought by staying within one’s natural boundaries or succumb to other’s arbitrary schemes of elimination.

Between each group lies suspicion which creates insecurity, often exploited by public actors as a marketing tool to buy power, influence, sell more arms and make more laws in favor of a given interest group.

State officials function with the same mindsets and work hard sometimes to enforce these boundaries. The encounter with others is always based on suspicion, thereby breaking the principle of people being innocent before being found guilty. Such suspicions increase when the other is different: color, accent, weird actions. These alone are enough for an officer to pull the trigger, claim self-defense and be backed by his judges. In fact, the only threat that he faced was the fact that he was out of his comfort zone, meeting someone who is not like him, doesn’t talk and act like him, or his kind. For that reason, he is suspicious and a threat to life.

This state of affairs is profitable for society as well as its board members who enjoy status quo privileges, dread dialogue, and unity. The demagogy on unity is usually a façade to make a good name while putting in no effort to make change happen.

It is understandable to teach humans how to love and respect animals, plants, and other gadgets. But if humans have to be taught over thousands of years on how to respect fellow humans or for hundreds of years in a civilized society, then it appears someone is being played.

The Rule of Violence: or The Economy of Violence

Police brutality in America has always been addressed in many ways. To some, citizens must learn how to obey cops literally while to others, cops must limit the use of force and there must be some changes in laws. All these options are reasonable but they do not address the main issue of the crises: a despise for human life, of the other’s existence.

The glorification of the use of violence in the American society goes as far back as the origin of the nation. Our historical origin is known to sanctify violence used against other races. It would be naïve to believe that such a history is over. Police brutality is only part of the relics of a shameful past which refuse to completely shed and shred its old skin – racism.

And until this history of shame is addressed, seeing the other as a necessary life and not a transitory lingering figure whose existence depends on his ability to be perfect by the law, then we would have to argue for many more decades, if not centuries.

 

TO MY COLLEAGUE AND FRIEND: PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF CAMEROON, by Kifon Emile

TO MY COLLEAGUE AND FRIEND: PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC
OF CAMEROON 

The world is watching us as we move through this highway of history – with thoughts that we make the same errors of the past and stumble into doom. Vigilance, diligence and governance are the key, if we shall cross this highway safely into the promised land of greatness.
Ultimate Governance Code. [UGC]

At this convenient crossroads where the stakes are like jagged mountains, a diligent anticipation of the fate of our lives and that our people is not only necessary but an imperative.

Before I proceed, may you accept my warm regards from the cold part of the world where I presently reside in Oakland – not far from your beautiful daughter Brenda in Los Angeles with whom I believe our dialogue and collaboration shall be fruitful in constructing a brighter 4th generation Africa, and rightfully so.

The days of vain pettines and vile antagonisms have faded; they’ve proven to be  weaknesses and we must look at things through a new prism.

There are many reasons why this is the ideal time to face each other and confront the truth that lies before us and the world: how similar our paths have been, how determined we are and how we want a better place for our nation and the world.

We are both of modest parents who could afford only the minimul care for us; we both went to the seminary after which we were dismissed allegedly for accusations of misconduct – ushering a divorce from Mother Church (my superior told me).

We graciously admitted our fate and increased love for our new Mother – the State, for whom we shall make hard choices that will affect our lives considerably. So, while you went to France to study political science, I went to the Catholic University to study Public Policy where we each applied ourselves diligently with the hope of being better stakeholders in the building of our new found love with determination  especially since we never had the chance and would not have had the chance to do so in the former.

We both had resolutely admitted our fate and conceded to serve the Lord in the vineyards of politics while celebrating the holy sacrament of justice and hard work in the sanctuaries of the poor and the needy while using the new scriptures of the Constitution to strengthen our frailty and guide us along our chosen path.

More interestingly, even though the outcome of our choices have not been the same, the similarities still remain poignant.For instance, in 1982, you became the president of the republic of Cameroon, the same year I was born. Allegorically, we are age-mates; but things have turned out different from me, and perhaps in understanding the divide, you’ll be able to see clearly the situation that most Cameroonians of my age experience and what they wish for the nation they so much love.

At the age of 33, you were appointed director of cabinet of the Ministry of National Education in 1964 and at 34 you were Secretary General of the Ministry of National Education in 1965. There is no doubt that our tracks changed tremendously when we both left the university. While I was working at the Institute for Governance for Central Africa and assisting at the Catholic University after graduate studies, you had one of the highest appointments in government at a very young age which no other young person today can claim to have.

Being ambitious and devoted, you worked to gain the spotlight for being nominated as successor of our former president in November 1982. The vigor and optimism of your youth is no different from what many young people of my age exhibit. The main difference is opportunity; and it is on this note that I think we should reflect on what we want for our society and lives of our young people.
Justice: The foundation of opportunity “The only stable state is the one in which all men are equal before the law.” [Aristotle] Two things remain unchallenged in society: the difference of humans by virtue of their potentials and their inequality by reason of their circumstances.

Above these is consecrated the equality of man, and the reconciliation of these two poles using the term justice [what we had often preferred to call justics in opposition to misguided Greek translation and its semantic deficiency that distort the art of reason and fairness in social dynamics]. Difference and inequality naturally create insecurity, thereby imposing the necessity of the State as the arbiter of fairness as it assumes the role to legislate to increase security while ensuring that each person is not only safe but also happy – opportunity.

Cameroon, as you’ve often emphasized, is a State of law, and the characteristic of this attribute is threefold: fair treatment or respect of each citizen, respect for property as well as strangers and respect for the law. Rhetoric shall not save us at the point, and will only make your rule look like an abuse to the memory of history and reason if I fail to say things the way they are. 

Because opportunity nominally is a fluid concept that can take any form, we shall track it from its manifestations or outcome. While most Cameroonians like you had jobs immediately they graduated from University in the 60s, young people of my generation, most of the time with a master’s degree can’t find any job, and the brightest and hardworking ones are obliged to keep up with an underemployment estimated by others to be about 75%. As a result, there’s a consequent delay in marriage, low consumption, low productivity, low creativity, low public participation; a general malaise which creates lack of trust for oneself and in the government whose ultimate outcome will be corruption and informality as a means of survival.

But lack of opportunity is not the cause of lack of opportunity. It is caused by lack of justice whose absence is either through what we have done or through what we have failed to do. In both cases, you’ll agree with me that we have failed enormously.

For justice to be just, it must be characterized by its accessibility, affordability, accountability, reliability, sustainability, impartiality and adaptability.

A venerable friend and thinker had pointed out that even if justice is blind, it is not dumb, deaf and crippled. In Cameroon, justice has sight, and remains dumb, crippled and deaf.

In the seminary, we were both taught to forgive when something wrong is done. But in politics, wrong doings are sanctioned, and forgiven only when the designated punishment have been completed. But during your reign, citizens known for their corruption and indifference have been appointed to high office, none declaring their assets, and usually leaving office richer than their rightful allocations would permit.

By addressing the issue is justice, we can say that we have started building a nation. Citizens will develop love for creativity and innovation, while others will find it best to invest in our nation which will provide jobs for our people.
Justice is not simply an institution [judiciary] as commonly admitted. It is a structural value encrypted in the values of the daily lives of citizens. That is why the national Justice Platform must be instituted so that citizens from all parts of the nation can voice their concerns, and make necessary mobilizations for change wherever necessary.

Governance: The Excellence of Transparency

“There is no great nation without a dirty past; there is no small nation without a great future” [UGC]. But when the smallness of a nation ceases to be a transitory phase towards self-realization, it becomes a pathological situation that merits deliverance, not the type administered by the priest from the comfort of his altar but the type that arise from society through revolt and revolution. In fact, revolution becomes divine whenever stagnation or regression becomes the norm. Governance is the ultimate revolution.

Governance should not be an office, specific in its definition like we currently have in the prime minister’s residence. This only looks like an attempt to coat an environment which is not ready to incorporate such practices in its daily activities. Governance is not a structure but a structural value.

It is under your rule that Cameroon was rated the most corrupt nation in the world, in 1998 and 1999, a stigmata that remains on the nation till this day. What went wrong? There was a breach of contract; the State had been confiscated into the hands political charlatans who sub-contracted public service to our citizens desperate to improve their lives. With the lack of trust, corruption became the currency of exchange, and you did nothing till the whole world shamed us for our misery.

But again, the failure of governance is simply rooted in our misunderstanding of the State, which is easily privatized [including the Unity Palace] and authority becomes not the manifestation of the State’s availability but of an individual’s strength and merit, by extension, that of his tribe and people. This primitive logic, not far from what others call the religious state in opposition to the rational state, is in my opinion a catalyst in the criminalization of our institutions.

This misrepresentation, which you’ve participated in promoting over the years, letting citizens dance for you, praise you for being their savoir, and deifying you are some of the things which must be looked with contempt and resentment. Lack of governance, like the absence of justice creates poverty and as one thinker said: “Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime.”

As you know, we must distinguish ourselves from the Church where everything revolves around the priest, his altar and his God. We had been on this path, and it embeds in its core asymbolic violence that rationality and time won’t redeem. The State revolves around the citizen: organically and materially, and the Constitution is used in defense of this ultimate value – citizenry. As such, in its operations, the State performs a customer service job to the consumer [citizens] who, like in all other businesses holds the primordial role of center of gravity of institutional endeavors.

Governance, being directly related to the creation of riches, should be implemented in all government contracts whose follow-up must be seen progressively from the time of its allocation, implementation and realization. Such a system has been initiated in Ghana and puts everyone on check.
In this light, the Transparency Fortress must be instituted in all bureau where facts and ideas are not only made transparent but also carefully scrutinized by the public and necessary updates made.

Sustainability: The Indispensability of Technology

“Politics is more difficult than physics.” [Einstein] In other words, technology is simple, but building people is hard. Therefore, while working on nation building, we must possess the finest of technological art.

There is no doubt that you had never prepared our android generation for this digital age, and believe that their recourse to the farms will solve the nation’s problems. Certainly, a good advice for the wrong reason and in an inappropriate age. Wrong reason because you want to transfer the blame of unemployment on the unwillingness of our youth to return to the farms when their peers in other parts of the world are building apps, phones, computers smart devices, investing in geo-engineering, exploring space or creating other sophisticated tools to govern the world including us.

Wrong age, obviously since we live in a post-modern era where agriculture must be accompanied not only by adequate technology but also with sufficient funds to meet both competitively as well as productivity in a context characterized by environmental degradation and imperial trade policies that cripple young farmers. Of course, your own pineapple farm in Mvomeka is run with the same standards like any of its European competitors, both in technology and funding: two things which you’ve strategically deprived from this generation.

‘Stingray’ is a rare technology which you recently purchased from the USA for huge sums of money to enable you track officials’/citizens’ conversations who ‘envy your throne’ or backbite against you. Interestingly, when most of them were arrested, they pleaded not guilty of the charges laid, but you knew that the main reason for their carceral state was because they had the pretentious desire to undo your reign – something which you aren’t ready to admit, as of now.
The presidentialization of technology and security, which apparently is important, remains a vice when invested for the promotion of the top in opposition to the base where most of our citizens exist. In fact, they don’t even exist, they struggle to survive. To exist is to thrive.

I decline to acknowledge the funds from your bureaucratic eleemosynary, whose impact has yield no fruits for over thirty years. No nation ever progresses through charity but through justice and investment. I refer precisely to the case of Arthur Zang who invented the cardiopad used to detect remote cardiac heart risk problems in distant villages. You awaited him 20 million FCFA but no one knows where this funds came from. Since the institutions designed to administer to excellence have failed, you intervene not to correct them but to confirm that you are chief scientist, attributing rewards to exemplary ones while letting institutions fail.

Sustainability, though comprising more of human value, is becoming more and more an indispensable tool in shaping means adaptability to modern society, and defines ultimate his progress or extinction. On this note, the wretchedness of the nation’s technological backwardness is not only frightful, shameful but dangerous. This technological labyrinth, as you know is confirmed by our inability to build our own bridges, take hold of our energy supply, water or construct mega-infrastructure etc. Being aware of this vacuum you had constantly invited the Chinese or French to assume the role of building major projects in the nation: the solar panel at your compound, the multi-purpose stadium in Yaounde, the Lum-pangar dam etc.

Technology is not an option in modern society, it is the nature of society itself. The android generation, which has not deliberately made this choice, has showed its willingness to adapt with the hope that its leaders will make the right option of investing in what really matters.

The victories of technology are greater than its vices. Instilling form in society is possible not only through the enforcement of law but through the creation of adaptable technology which will govern not only markets, education, regulate society but above all control public administration while increasing productivity in each case.

Admittedly, we must always ask ourselves how a small country like North Korea, under embargo could thrive technologically, creating computers and mobiles phones, while a ‘free country’ like Cameroon remains unable to build its own bridges, dams or other public infrastructure. We wonder why children in China and Japan are able to create smart technological devices while a whole sovereign nation needs foreigners to manage its electricity. It is legitimate to question why young men in the Middle East can fabricate grenades while our military sometimes can’t use the weapons they’ve bought from foreigners.

We must not be absent from the post-modern world, which is invariably governed by technology. That is why it must be considered a state of emergency to institute the Quantum Fortress designed for the replication of the most vital technological feats of our age, that will be applied progressively in matters of health, military, infrastructure and agriculture.

With the Quantum Fortress, we can revolutionize the nation, by teaching hard core technology to our kids in their early age, while enforcing excellence to those who are already in institutions of higher learning. This is easy. It takes just a change of mentality. We can create the next google, Facebook, Amazon and LinkedIn in Africa.

Even though you’ve failed to do this in the past 33 years, I think that it is right for you to catch up with this vacuum by implementing this project which is necessary for the survival of the nation. And of course, the rationalization of our society would be impossible without these rational tools which all other nations have greatly employed to their advantage.
Order: The primacy social plannification

In order for our people not to repeat the fate of Sisyphus – which had seemingly been the case for the past 400 years, I beseech you, to consider this of sovereign importance. Although the primary contract of the State with its citizens attributed it with the role of providing security and control – depending on the circumstances, it must be underlined that such control and security can be made possible only when there is order in the society through a judicious social, structural and infrastructural planning.

As you know, citizens from all over the world, can buy and sell from the new platform call Amazon because they’ve clear addresses in well-defined societies where each person can be traced carefully to his/her residence. But in sub-Saharan Africa and Cameroon in particular, no one can buy and sell through amazon. This shows we are cut off from the world and how our opportunities are limited. Although you appear to be right by inviting the young people to develop love for agriculture, you forgot to underline that they’ll need to sell these goods in an open market where you had already made partnerships [accord de Cotonou] for others to sell their good in Cameroon at cheap rates thereby threatening the survival of local initiatives.

But if we can’t identify our citizens numerically, we can we identify them socially and structurally. This idea, which I know shall be a case of objection in its preliminary proposition, constitute a vital instrument of governance – rationalization. In some parts of the world, it is called a social security number, encrypted in the vertebral column of the State, where each citizen can be tracked in all its activities using just one specific number. This would limit forgery, double identity, corruption, informality and the endless confusion that we always encounter with regards to when a person died, when a given certificate was issues or when s/he applied for a specific government benefit.

This may take time. And if we don’t achieve this, we leave the next generation with the burden to think about their own problems as well as providing solutions for the problems that we have created during our time. We must not seek to attain development in our own way. It is a futile initiative to think that we can do things using our ways which have often failed us while expecting to get great results.

The rationalization of citizenry, and the plannification of society have a psychological impact on the configuration of brain processes of our citizens. In order words, through this induction process, we believe that order in society plumbs unto the way individual conceive reality and shapes their thinking thereof. In a disordered society, the mind wanders, often aimlessly in its quest for form and meaning; while in an orderly one, the mind sees form and order from which it derives inspiration to create more order, riches, wealth and greatness derived from his environment.

Because public administration is the vertebral column of society, it follows that its rationalization and excellence in operations must never be compromised in any case. Withoutthis, we work in vain. But rationalization comprises the ability to embrace the digital era fully, where all public records, files and information are saved electronically, where citizens can contact their public providers using quick and effective modern communication means directed by appropriate technology. In this logic, its interoperabilty thereof shall be indispensable as control, spending and time will all be maximized.

Personally, I don’t know the address of the presidency, it doesn’t appear anywhere, and most public institutions still remain in the pre-colonial logic where files are kept hidden in from the public in archives that need special acrobatic skills to determine their location.

Your failure in this domain has no appeal. Your only recourse is to institute the Order Tribune which in every sector will ensure that the highest standards of plannification and order or established while making sure that they be sustainable; for we can’t continue in this vicious cycle of doing and undoing every day, every year endlessly.

Business: The Imminence of Cooperation

Roosevelt had often complained about his British counterparts for their trickery irrespective of the fact that they were allies. During the time of Churchill, he made this declaration: the problem with the British is that when you make a deal with them they always end up with 80% and you’ll be left with 20%. The Americans had long ago discovered that the greatest cruelty is that of cooperation, disguised under diplomatic etiquette.

A Japanese diplomat had mentioned on our national television almost a decade ago that: “we have no resources in Japan. The only thing we’ve is our brains.” In other words, he was indirectly saying that we don’t have brains even though we got the resources. We must reflect on this! And if this can’t make you mourn, then we have understood nothing about past, present and future.

Now, back to Roosevelt, if the British could treat the Americans in that way, as the great State’s man had declared, how do you think they’ll treat us? Let common sense decide.

One of our top civil servants, a professor of honorable standing had mentioned the abject state of our cooperation capabilities which had led some plenipotentiary members to even leave the country due to shame. This seems to be a general trait which commands insistence. It is in this light, that I had mentioned in the Governance Code that cooperation is synonymous to war with the ultimate objective to conquer, destroy while keeping in mind that the opponent has

It is in this light, that I had mentioned in the Governance Code that cooperation is synonymous to war with the ultimate objective to conquer, destroy while keeping in mind that the opponent hassimilar motives, with the only difference that he is crueler and has even dangerous weapons at his disposal.

Not even the UNO, whose cruelty [Cote d’Ivoire, Libya, RD Congo or Rwanda] everyone knows can be trusted. They all participate in the structural fortress of what I call the trans-Atlantic Empire, what others call NATO. The court of Hague is simply an outshoot of this empire which persecute those who don’t pay allegiance to the center while defending corrupt and deadly stooges.

Even in its most polite form, diplomacy is always a violent game. The case of China is worth mentioning. In its cooperation with Africa countries, it uses the slogan of South-South Cooperation. But when it cooperates with the North, it considers them too as equals with high standards and expects to be considered as such.

Taking the example of Libya, in 2011, there were about 30.000 Chinese in the country with an investment of almost 100 billion US dollars. But China refused to vote against the no-fly zone. It remained neutral which in diplomacy simply means it stood against Libya and sided with America. Russia did the same. The reason is clear: we can trade, but we choose to remain with the Northerners even in their violence against others, since we have a greater market there.

Let’s make this brief, dear friend of old. While Arab nations of the Middle East have succeeded to establish an Eldorado for their people with the resources they have, our citizens continue to suffer despite the immense potentials of our country. I must concur with a source which demonstrated that Cameroon has the most diverse resources in the whole of Africa, yet remains one of the poorest with lamentable state of infrastructure and governance indicators. We can do better than this. But there is a trick in these cooperation which, thanks to a venerable expert and imminent economist, I we have some points why some projects never get off the ground.

Hold your breath, president and friend, some of these companies of the West win bids for the exploitation of resources not to exploit them! But to keep hold of them so that others won’t get it. Extraction projects in China takes just a few years. In Cameroon and Africa, they take at least a decade. This is deliberate. The same company that is extracting Cobalt from Zambia will win a contract in Cameroon, but won’t extract it because it doesn’t want to compete with itself. And doesn’t want to let it go to others. All delaying schemes will be devised while the country

And doesn’t want to let it go to others. All delaying schemes will be devised while the countryremains poor and desperate, waiting for partners to make the right steps. After a decade or so, the value of cobalt will be reduced or worth nothing.

That is exactly what is happening with oil right now.
The advent of Chinese in competing for public contracts has modified the game but much hasn’t changed. As demonstrated above, the Chinese sometimes work with the West to better exploit us. The French win extracting rights, give it to the Chinese to build or wait for the Chinese companies to make a command from their industries before production begins. While owning the resources, we become the by-stander.

After slavery, most of the plantations were transferred to Africa, Cameroon included, so that we could become a plantation economy and plantation nations. After that, extractive investments followed [oil, minerals et timber etc.], and now with alcohol and tobacco companies. While these dangerous investment avenues spread all over Africa, technology and refining investments are transferred to Asia [China, India, Philippines]. Investments, from a global perspective is not a charity concert where anyone gets anything, even though we know there is a manifested scheme to keep some people in plantation economy characterized by consumption of dangerous substances [alcohol and tobacco].

But it is up to us to prove that we have educated people in these fields that would attract such high skilled investments in all domains. And most especially, be able to create similar companies with high skilled technologies. A cooperation that does not lead to evident transfer of technology is a danger to the nation.

Coffee and chocolate are some of the points which I should mention. While in France and in Switzerland where you often visit, you’ll discover that all the coffee bags have labels from other countries but none from African countries but we produce them. This criminal international scheme can only be put to an end when we decide to refine our own products or refuse to produce them. These are our two choices.

We had been in permanent siege for a long time, and you’ve not made things better in any way. It is for this reason that the creation of the Cooperation Fortress is indispensable in determining that state of our business relations with other nations, companies and individuals.

Knowledge: The Sanctity of Education

There is a misguided opinion from our nation as well as from international organization about education as a human right. In fact, it is due to this erroneous view that you decided to make primary schools free of tuition while pledging to lower the cost for secondary education. This misconception gave you the impression that you’ve accomplished your objectives by opening the doors of education to the children of our land.

As I mentioned in the Ultimate knowledge Code, what constitute a human right is knowledge, not education per se. What therefore is the difference?
While the first refers to a set of information transmitted from one person to another, the second refers to the transfer of potentials from one person to another which empowers and enables the receiver to excel in innovation, creativity and definitely productivity.

As you can see, dear friend, our schools are not different from concert grounds where the display of information is exhibited at various heights. In some cases, they’re like touristic sites where young people to go delectate their vision on the site of one another, or more correctly, in some cases, they’re simply mortuaries where the energetic brains of our youth are put to sleep with anesthetic theoretical information that bears no practical value in their lives. This characterization is particular to our State universities which have never featured among the best in Africa, regrettably.

Dr. Bernard Fonlon, one of our former ministers of health, who was appointed by president Amadou Ahidjo, had indicated three things that characterize a university: a library, research center and a press. The first serves as a reservoir for information, the second for the production of knowledge while the third for the exposition of knowledge. As you can notice, he never mentioned classrooms and amphitheaters, which is the main characteristic of our institutions of higher learning. You cannot claim to be ignorant of this nor say it is not your responsibility. It is the life of our nation at stake!

Taking the case of Yaounde I and II where I visited a couple of times, it could easily be noticed that most of the books are old and pages are missing from the most useful ones. The biggest mistake from the library in Yaounde I is that that the good books, new and updated are in the third floor mainly for doctoral students and professors. Lo, we are not in a cast system in Cameroon or in an academic Jim Crow. 

This is a grave pedagogic miscarriage because our young people, who are being initiated into the institution of higher learning must have access tothe finest information that will enable them to change their lives as well as that of the nation. Granted, some of these young people have been responsible for tearing our pages from books which are meant for the use of everyone, regrettably. But it is the role of the university to put security measures, security cameras to make sure that these evil acts don’t occur. We must not starve our young people from knowledge when we know that they have minimum financial resources to buy books and keep up with the high cost of living in the city – if we can call it so.

On our laboratories, we should know that the strength of a nation of a function of its research centers. While most researchers prefer to create their private laboratories, Pr. Victor Anomah, our laboratories are not yet designed for the production of knowledge. They are still grounds to illustrate what was done. Of course, the future of our nation depends of what we decide to do with our laboratories and researchers. I had already mentioned on the paragraph of technology, that a Quantum Fortress is a matter of urgency, bringing together the brightest minds in each domain for the production of knowledge that will lift the nation to its rightful and honorable state. It is with the results of their productions that our products shall have some value, and constitute a point of reference for the younger generation.

The academic allegiance to France in terms of publications, education and reference is something of old, and must be by-passed through the implementation of this project.

In our younger years, we both believed that someone was the way, the truth and the life. But in nation building, Knowledge is the way, the truth and the life. And we must agree with Plato who said “ignorance is the root of all evil” contrary to what we had preached using the scriptures.

Whatever you decide to do with the power that you have, you must keep in mind that the fate of our young people cannot be compromised through mediocrity of its educational system. My friends who lecture in these universities as well as those doing their doctoral programs have confided to me that the situation is shameful and must be declared a state of emergency. But I must not precipitate my call to this, because it refers to a general malaise which I must complete its elucidation.

The institution of the Knowledge Vault is therefore matter of primary importance, where research is done not necessarily to invent [a lot has already been invented] but simply to replicate and produce. Here, our brightest sons and daughters shall be invited to reside and serve.

Autonomy: The of Greatness of Sovereignty

Three things have always characterized sovereignty, the compromise of which jeopardize the welfare of the State and the wellbeing of its citizens: military, law and banks. In other words, guns, order and money. When the exercise of these three elements cross boundaries, the nation ceases to be a State like all others but becomes an empire; and when a nation lives under the influence of the army, law or money of another nation, it ceases to be one, but becomes a colony.
It becomes apparent, that sovereignty is not a judicio-political myth, theoretically erected into law, it is a strategic fortress defended by corporate capabilities and protected by the law.

As you can remember, even though France had been an independent republic since 1789, it is only in February 1960 that General de Gualle declared that France has now become an independent State. This is when it officially announced that they had acquired a nuclear weapon. Without the ultimate weapon, no nation can claim to be really sovereign, regrettably. Some naïve pundits of liberalism and democracy had defended the idea of power and greatness without a nuclear weapon.

Like children who believe that they are big because they have the height of their parents, this child-like reflexions are only characteristic of thinkers whose frail minds have understand nothing about realism and thymos. Remember that Charles de Gualle had refused military aid from John Kennedy when the latter wanted to grant him Polaris missiles. De Gualle wanted only one thing: the nuclear weapon. When the nuclear cooperation was concluded, he handed the project to Jacques Mitterrand, who will later become the president of France in 1969 to intimidate other nations with his newly acquired weapon.

With the recent circulation of tension in North East Nigeria which has sustained some casualties in Cameroon, you had called France for help and recently Obama sent some technical military advisers to assist in the fight against this threat. I had noted in a verbal conversation, that the presence of foreign military in another country inevitably jeopardizes sovereignty but also shall incite these agents of evil to become even more inventive in their attacks against civilians.

Regrettably, it is exactly what is happening now, and there is no evidence that the foreign assistance had actually been of help. In fact, the greatest help that you can receive, like de Gualle, is to get a transfer of competence that will enable you develop the same capabilities that would fight this vice to its core.

Of course, when agents from the Atomic Agency landed in Cameroon, they made you understand the benefits of signing a non-proliferation treaty, which they could not oblige their own allies to do so. This was a strategic blow, which I think you must apologize to our generation. My concern is simple: what is your interest and that of the nation in signing a non-proliferation treaty when our military cannot produce a Kalashnikov? The Geneva convention on War which I also call “the legalization of war – according to our terms” participate in this complex role of defining structural means of instituting imbalance end violence.

The creation of laws is an attribute of sovereignty which the nation has always done it’s best to uphold. But it has been timid in a number of ways: pressure from the IMF to accept structural adjustment programs – on the terms of the IMF, which proved to be detrimental to the economy and the nation, pressure to accept the ACP cooperation. But the instances where we ourselves have abused our own sovereignty through unscrupulous manipulation of the constitution is even more dangerous. In fact, as much as you had been a victim in undermining the sovereignty of the nation, you had also been a perpetrator of this vice thereby weakening the rule of law, which in the eyes of citizens give them the right to tailor laws to their interests and modify, distort or adjust them as they see fit.

As mentioned already, the State is a corporate organ with sovereign rights, mandated to legislate on public interest. Money is the means by which this is done. The use of the FCFA is a violation of this basic principle of sovereignty, which after 50 years of government you should have known that it is detrimental and made the appropriate steps in changing the situation.

From the aforementioned facts, it appears that Cameroon is a colony and not an independent State as you had made us to believe. Granted, this may need more strategic resources than common sense would suggest. But it is possible!

The Central Bank must regain its fundamental rights, while currents deposits in France must find its way back to BEAC. As indispensable stakeholders in nation-building, we request that our nation must be in control of all our investments.
On this note, the creation of the Sovereign Office should be considered imminent and implemented with the duty to investigate and promote all areas in which the sovereignty of the state is being endangered and how it can be protected, promoted and defended.

Diversity: The Pride of Ethnicities

The opening proposition in the preamble of our Constitution rightly states: “Proud of our linguistic and cultural diversity, an enriching feature of our national identity…” The inscription of diversity as a feature our identity is consecrated by our laws, although sometimes derelict. Diversity defines our essence and no prolixity of this subject should be deemed legitimate, but the neglect of this fact would only demonstrate another naïve perception on what constitute the fiber of our existence. The subsequent proposition makes even clearer the role of this diversity: “we constitute one and the same Nation, bound by the, same destiny, and assert our firm, determination to build the Cameroonian Fatherland on the basis of the ideals of fraternity, justice and progress.”

I acknowledge the degree fixing quotas in public administration, which recently had been a contentious issue in the School of International Relations IRIC, but we know that this is just the tip of an iceberg of the many irregularities that plague the application of law in the nation. There are reasons for this irregularities.
As the commander-in-chief, you’ve never hesitated to make appointments with particular preference to those from the south/center, whose kleptocratic and gerontocratic rule have contributed in undermining the rule of law and the State as a result. Having survived an assassination attempt in 1984, you had thought that those who hold your interest will be those of the south.

Again, the interest of the nation is more important than the interest of the president, regrettably. Your perpetual rule, I must insist has contributed in the institutionalization of tribal governance [or tribalization of institutional governance] while the rest of the nation recloses in proclivity of their enclaves. Although democracy must not be considered a tribal ngangi where

Although democracy must not be considered a tribal ngangi whereeach person takes turn necessarily, it must not be a tribal oligarchy either with dubious alliances of greedy power brokers. I agree with Achille Mbembe, a fellow citizen in self-exile of laudable intellect, that the fight for democracy befalls on us as citizens and we must be ready to pay the price. But again, a greater responsibility lies on those who control the wheels of the nation to make diligent decisions for the progress of the State and its citizens.

We have seen our lowest ebbs, and in the depths thereof one thing remains characteristic: our ability to exploit our differences for the disadvantage of one another. Slave trade, colonization, neo-colonization, and corruption are symptoms of the instrumentalization of diversity.
While we have never known violent tribal and religious confrontations, the threats remain, as can betray itself anytime.

I admit that nation-building is a process that takes time, but I also must underline that it must not take forever. With about 250 tribes, it takes great ingenuity to govern this diversity and establish a peaceful cohabitation.
As a result, the creation of a Diversity Law must be implemented to make sure that citizens from other cultural obedience feel protected by the law.
Democracy: the cradle of modern day nationhood “He who modifies the Law in the name of democracy kills the law and as well as democracy.” [UGC]

Democracy is a means and not an end. But it is regrettably for this reason that most intellectuals of Cameroon stripped themselves from all integrity by violating the sanctity of objectivity and common sense in remaining silent or justifying the modification of the constitution of 2008. What is worse, legislators, invested to represent the base (the people), resolutely represented either themselves or the top (the president). When everyone represents you, who will represent us? This concern lies at the heart of how we define the State.

We both agree, following historical and theoretical conformity, that the State belongs to the people (demos) while at the same time conceding their rights to the former under for the protection of all (republic). It is the old commerce of liberty and freedom traded in favor of

It is the old commerce of liberty and freedom traded in favor ofsecurity. This commerce, a social contract, it must be underlined, is not exclusive in its definition nor in its realization, and more specifically does not follow strictly the rules of supply and demand – security does not become cheap because there is abundant freedom. On the contrary, one is a factor of the other.
In this light, the republican State cannot be said to preempt the demos State in any case.

More practically, it is against the rule of law – and the welfare of the State to beseech the legislature to bow to the executive in favor of republican imperatives against demos necessities. This linear equation – demos vs republican, remains a constant in modern societies. As you know, you root for republican values under the pretext of the demos, a malevolent scheme which mobilized the public – allegedly, to send motions of support in favor of your stay in power ad vitam.

Perhaps you’ll want to question how the presence of one person can change the dynamic of a whole nation. To this, we shall refer to similar cases: Moa, Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore, Lula da Silva of brazil, or their contraries like Hitler, Stalin, Idriss Deby of Chad or Idi Amin of former Uganda. Structural edifice and coherence are more important than infrastructural. Therefore, you cannot anticipate the requiem of the State before of a few infrastructural projects as the pathetic prime minister declared shamelessly. In fact, the longevity in power as a pretext of accomplishing some infrastructural goals is only symptomatic of a State that has failed to be a State: continuity, progress, integrity and gratuity.

The scheme maneuvered in 2008 worked and you were able to modify the constitution and defy the State – the people. This time, some sycophantic epigones not only call on you to become be their president but to organize early elections so that you can achieve your development goals. Like helpless children fearful to see the death of their father, crave that he lives forever even when they see him at an advanced age, laden with sickness, tiredness and helplessness.

Being shameless to assume their responsibility as adults, they lay back and send emotionless motions of support for your stay in power and the anticipation of elections. There is no doubt that perpetual rule, characterized by scarcity and terror has had a serious mental toll on the population, including the intellectual and political elite who now seem to be deprived to common sense and objectivity. Like a psychotic ignorant of his own malaise, these leaders openly betray to the world their immaturity and the misery of their choices. This illustrates more

This illustrates moreclearly the importance of a socio-therapy to be administered even though in this case, only the sick can properly heal themselves.
In the World Governance Board, we decided to classify/rate the merits and performance of heads of States and send publish the results to the world. The preliminary analysis of this project brings forth a blink and blurred image of your rule comparable to those of the fallen States of Somalia, Syria and Burundi.

Because you’re running out of time to emulate the good examples of Mandela, Abdoulaye Wade or Goodluck Jonathan, your palliative move will be to ensure a peaceful transition as you retreat giving way for a new era of public administration in Cameroon. Our people should not live in a democratic caliphate of gerontocratic obedience.

The Democracy Office, therefore must be put in place to ensure that values of respect, change of regime are kept sacred and applied diligently in all elective offices. 

Foreign Affairs: on International Considerations

“I fear the Greeks, especially when they bring gifts.” [Temeo Danaos et donas ferentes] Virgil had said in Aeneid, II, 49.

The West, with whom we have had a long genealogy of contact, has a history which is based principally on the domination of one theory over another, one society over another or one religion over the other: implicit or explicit violence, I must admit regrettably. Based on the notion of dialectics, we can trace this to the days of Sophocles when he crafted the myth of Oedipus, where the son finally killed the father, married the mother. Later, Plato with the idea of conquering the body using the illumination of the mind; Marx, with the proletariat overthrowing the bourgeoisie; or capitalism where the freedom and equality are preached in order to make others unfree and unequal; but also modern day quantum physics whose finest definition of the real ends with the principle of uncertainty [Heisenberg] or incertitude to be more specific.

This eternal opposition of forces is just one of a kind in the academic milieu, which socially had been characterized by class division, religious segregation, racial criminality and cast stigmatization. Over the ages depending on location, each of these have been implemented to various degrees with different levels of realizations.

It all makes sense when we remember that one of the founders of Europe, Attila the Hun, of Germanic descent has a famous expression which seems to leave its trace in modern nations of the West: “All horns serve a useful purpose to do evil,”

It all makes sense when we remember that one of the founders of Europe, Attila the Hun, of Germanic descent has a famous expression which seems to leave its trace in modern nations of the West: “All horns serve a useful purpose to do evil,”and “trample the weak, hurdle the dead.” Evidently, doing evil, as you admittedly can see, is part of a useful purpose, following the western logic.

Today’s scenario of Libya, cote d’Ivoire, Rwanda, Congo, South Africa are just a few examples to illustrate how the propagation of evil is marketed as a salvatory mission that is good and useful. From its cruelest manifestations to its loftiest diplomatic forms, the objective is always the same: conquer and subdue.

Dear colleague of old and president of the nation, it is in this logic, that relations with other nations must be seen, all, and most particularly the west with whom a history of cruelty, intimidation, violence, injustice, and spite have been almost normalized, leaving a scar in the historic memory of our people.

I concur that you are not naïve about all these, but it shall be of great negligence not to insist on what I consider a case of sovereign importance.
We had already mentioned in the Governance Code that there is no International Organization in the world. All, with the exception of none are structures created by a nation or a few nations to defend their interests – directly or indirectly. What becomes of others? A tiny filament, at the extremity of the imperium whose sole purpose is to provide brut labor, resources till they exhaust themselves to extinction.

On this note, our diplomats have a special role to play. We can’t afford to be losers all the time. We stand a unique special of benefiting of all the great things that the world offers, but we must change how we position ourselves with regard to the world. We can’t save hide money in Swiss banks, make corrupt deals, maintain our people under suppression while expecting to be respected in the world.

International prescience is determined by internal governance and economic power but by the type of speech we make at the UNO or what class of flight we take. It is by relying on our own institutions and creating our own flights.
As a consequence, the creation of the International Fortress is of prime importance in making sure that our standing in the internal scene meets the standard and dignity of humans.

Enemies: The Fortress of Solidarity

“A nation can be destroyed either from inside – weakening its laws, or from outside by strengthening its dependence” [UKC].

Open Societies and its enemies of venerable Popper demonstrated how societies [West] which respect the law turn to be open, thereby being weakened by their tolerance for the intolerant. But such societies always thrive, for, with the rampart of the law, they thwart the intolerant without necessarily being intolerant.

Cameroon, like most countries of the South is open technically open but semantically closed. The first by virtue of unenforced laws, porous boundaries, defenseless diplomacy, offensive vulnerability, etc. while the second by reason of the reclose nature of our traditions, ethnic proclivity, archaic procedural governance, gender biases and ultimately a governance mediocrity marked by technological bankruptcy, optional public accountability and the contentment of minimal bottom-line.

Therefore, while Open Society is elaborated in opposition to its enemies, we in the closed societies become our own enemies. Or, closed using the wrong postulate.

It follows that our concern here is how to strengthen our laws in such a way that it constitutes but our defense and our offense at the same time. As you can remember, we had pledged in our younger age to be enlightened by the Constitution and not to enlighten it. But you had spitefully decided that you shall enlighten the Constitution instead of letting it enlighten you. This has led to your successive modification of the constitution in 1992 and 2008 in order to enable you clench your fists to the realms of power even when the metacarpals thereof are getting weaker and uncertainty gets stronger while the nation plunders into political and economic stalemate. This is a blow to the rule of law, and the honorability of history.

The downward spiral of a wavering administration only reveals more clearly the face of the real enemy. Yes, “we have met the enemy, and he is us” [Walt Kelly]. How did we become our own enemies?

The first culprit for this rule of flaw is the perpetual ruler whose pontifical governance has made the State to look more like a modern democratic caliphate: one people submissive under Biya Mvondo. The im-personification of the law alienates the person from the law, while manipulation of the law only manipulates the citizens who obey it.

“We are the enemy,” when leaders fail to represent the people but represent either the head of central principality, themselves or their comprador hierarchies. We citizens, we failed because we listened to these demagogies, designed to keep us in slumber even when our leaders enjoy the comfort of their palaces. We failed because we had participated in breaking laws, paying bribes, seeking the easy and investing less in creativity, innovation and hard work. We failed the State, which counted on us to hold our leaders accountable, charge them and judge them on the tribunal of history. We failed because we praised them in their wrong doings, devising irrational logics with the hope that we shall get dividends of their eleemosynary. We failed because we had imitated the wrong examples [drinking, smoking and informality] but leaving aside technology, arts, inventions and ingenious writings.

We do not want to continue on the erring path that leads inevitably to perdition. That’s why we are resolved, not only to invest in hard work and creativity, but above all in honesty and governance. We refuse to leave to our children this heritage of disgrace and shame which none of us will be proud to narrate to the next generation. We refuse to let our children suffer, enter into this vicious cycle of complicity and indifference in the face of irrationality, division, greed, laziness and pyre.

But like all processes of nation building, each person must admit it’s fault and rebounds on a fresh start, hopefully starting with the commander-in-chief. I know you and other lazy thinkers would object that we can still make progress while keeping the chief executive in place. But this fallacy of pity to appeal to the public, [argumentum ad misericordiam and argumentum ad populum] only makes our national edifice look like a house of cards whose collapse is just a few seconds away from the winds.

There is absolutely no way we can face the outside world without facing ourselves, challenging ourselves and triumphing over ourselves.
In conjunction with the legislative therefore, the creation of a Patriotic Fortress should be established, designed to promote all those actions and individuals invested in the defense of national values/interests and the fight of our enemies thereof.

UNITY: Nationalism between Provincialism, Regionalism and Federalism

During the creation of OHADA, which the initiated of African lawyers in order to promote investment in the whole of Africa, it happened that the most spoken language on the continent was French. According art. 42 of the OHADA, it was stipulated that the working language of the initiative would be French. As a result of this naïve, close minded approach [which was also intimidating], South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana as well as majority of the English Speaking nations decided to pull out from the law. Consequently, we have an OHADA law that is used mainly in French nations excluding the rest – a perfect example of disharmony and lack of foresight, taking advantage of language to undermine other groups.

There is no doubt that the English Cameroon has some specificities attributed to its heritage – culturally, linguistically, legally and academically, and it and these values as the things that constitute their identity. No doubt, the French equally have a style of life which they value and treasure.

The reunification of Feb. 1961 conference or the Foumban Conference instituted the federal republic of Cameroon which was dissolved in 1972 in favor of a greater union. So, the question of a federal republic, which many find strange had been part of our history, which according to our Constitution had been theoretically replaced with regionalism. Here, the details seems misleading since the governors are still appointed and not all the senators are elected by the people. In this light, we find ourselves in a nation which is neither united, not a federal regime, not regional nor provincial but simply a centrifugal scheme control by the center to the glory of their league.

Regionalism had to be enforced through decentralization which in Cameroon is not only a tedious process, but Etoudi has never seized from taking control of the whole structure of administration through direct implication of appointed leaders which have no connection with the people they serve. The disconnection is evident in the resultant frustration that the citizens find themselves in as well as the bypass of existing norms in favor of transported rules commonly practiced in the region.

The riots which have caused so much instability in the nation is nothing unexpected. It is a problem that you and your administration have willfully decided to neglect through despise, negligence and ignorance – a model of governance that has become even more common in most sectors of the country.

Some would argue that since there are tendencies of separation of the French in Canada, the French and the Flemings, the Scottish from Britain or the Biafra from Nigeria, it should not be forgotten that the history of all these nations are different. In the case of Southern Cameroon, we must admit that a strong centralize presidency cannot co-exist with a strong regional/federal system where people have a relative autonomy to decide on their local affairs.

I have no doubt how detached you are from these issues. Having the military and all the arsenal that you need to dominate others without the need to engage in any dialogue seems to be a strategy that works for you – at least for now. While young people are compromising their lives with the hope to make a change, the government has failed to see the care of the problem: the lack of opportunity from those from these regions, the subjugation/elimination of English model in the legal system by judges who never studies it but are assigned in english-speaking zones, the erosion of the English heritage under the pretext of harmonization of the educational curricula.

At a time when the whole world is moving in favor of the English system or a country like Rwanda completely moving away from the French language, Cameroon is instead the contrary. It follows that the residence of Cameroon is in the national territory that we all know but symbolically, France is the domicile of the nation. Why? Because as a people, we have not crafted laws that conform to our realities.

As you should have noticed old friend, your time is limited but the challenges increase. Also, I have not mentioned anything about separation. Why? The tendency to separate is a willingness on the part of the government not to solve any problem and to prove that we as a people are incapable to real justice. It is my belief that we learn our lessons from our past and make the necessary choices that would lead us to a better future which we would be proud of.

As I said earlier, your kids all live in stable nations where there is good education and stable politics. May you do the same in the same country which you govern.
Therefore, the Regional Fairness Authority should be instituted with immediate effect, with representatives from southern Cameroon in order to determine the level of advancement of the nation. It is the weak and the dominated who can determine what is fair and not the dominant.

Diaspora: On Auxiliary Concerns

Diaspora: on auxiliary concerns “Land is not fatherland, the first is structure while the second is structural.” [UGC] In other words, fatherland does not mean land of the father, but everything of heritage from the father – land being just a minimal part of it. It is with the understanding that we can rightfully address the question of those Cameroonians/Africans who live out of their land.

I understand that you have not yet approved Cameroonians of the diaspora to vote during national elections, and we don’t doubt the reasons for such a decision. But there is one thing we must keep in mind. People who live out of the country, although may want to participate in the political life of their country, are simply more interested in a country characterized by the rule of law with good infrastructure, where they can invest and transfer the good things they have learned from other nations. This, in my opinion, is what most people care about, not just the elections as you had erroneously thought.

In other words, by strengthening those internal values, we built a nation where others can be proud of and can share the values thereof with others in the world.
Why is this important? As you can remember, all your children study in foreign countries, including the one in Los Angeles who recently made headlines for her video she posted complaining about racism. Making an economy of this story, we should admit that irrespective of her opulent lifestyle, she is not exempt from being considered a ‘black girl’ from a poor undeveloped nation, like a profiteer in a foreign land after neglecting to fix hers. She enters into the category of all other black people who are seen with prejudice before examination.

This is the land where millions of our people were made to undergo slavery, in its cruelest forms. And why? Because we were divided and some of our leaders didn’t make the right choices of protecting our people. While I fear that a similar scenario might be reproducing itself today with millions of Africans risking their lives to go to Europe or other countries [where they’ll definitely not be held with respect], I however still believe that we can turn this situation round and make our nation a better place for our people.

Because she lives in this stereotypes, her wealth and comfort won’t modify the equation. But this is not a situation of fatality. She’s here because to learn which is what most of us do. What our people undergo can be undone only through a radical change of our place of origin;making Cameroon and Africa a place where happiness and progress triumphs. If this is not possible, our individual successes will be seen only as a manifestation of the graciousness of others on us, which participate in our victimization, down grading and extermination. You now understand why the wealth of your children don’t change the equation. Thymus, which helps in biological growth of individuals [or our personal enrichment] is different from thymos which is the motor of history, making people to achieve great things in life for their people and the world. We need more thymos, not thymus.

Comparing us with other people of the world, we can say that we got no real friends with special exceptions of Cuba. Even the Hindu Ghandi, venerated by the world is known to make the most outrageous racists remarks against blacks in South Africa and fought principally for the respect of Indians with no regards of what happened to the blacks, while his counterpart, Nelson Mandela stood on the side of fairness for all, which sounded no echo of reciprocity on the part of Ghandi. Now, if Ghandhi could be as prejudiced as he was against us, what do we expect from others?

We have come of age, and it’s only right to talk about the things that concern us and see how we move on from here intersection. Therefore, the creation of the Diasporic Province shall be instituted to unite our people and establish their direct implication in the promotion of the cause for our people.
Closing remarks: end of reign and rebirth of a new era “we must keep in mind this historic truth. Day and night we strife to make the world better; day and night the world thinks on how to make us worse. We shall have no rest till we triumph completely in this historic avenue.” UGC.

I don’t envy your throne, perhaps more your daughter but the burden of the current situation of our people and the world continue to weigh tremendously on me, leaving little time for the emotional faculty. I therefore do not shy to announce to you that the end of imminent. Change things or things will change you. In either case, Cameroon needs a revolution; mental, governmental, structural and infrastructural. Of course, there is a difference between reforms and revolution.

The first, which we have always done, consist in an incremental adjustment of policies and behavior; a process which has done us no good. The second, whose advent is near and inevitable, consists in a fundamental shift of governmental scheme which invest fearlessly,as in a war, for the protection of its people through governance, technology, integrity, and progress.

Your days are counted, so too are mine. But there is a difference: while young clinch to life and all its comforts, I had let go of these things a decade ago. A person succeeds by acquiring the things of success or admitting humbly that he has failed in doing so. In your case, you have not acquired the things of success for our people [justice, progress and happiness] and you have deliberately refused to admit that you’ve failed.

This is where your failure becomes not only the absence of progress but a pathological condition where abnormality is being normalized, jeopardizing as a result, the national edifice and corrupting the historic memory of our people especially its youth. Of course, the greatest crime against our people is precisely this normalization of anomality, which at the end, only explains its immoral derivatives as seen rampantly in our society: colle la petite, “on va toujours boire, corruption, nepotism, bigotory etc.

A personal adversary should be treated personally and not as a danger to the State. There’s no need to punish the nation for the wrongs of a few people against you.

By declaring that “a person lasts in power not because he wants but because he can” you exhibit an arrogant and self-congratulatory demeanor of your abilities to despise the institutions of the State through intimidating and decretal rule – all for the benefit of one individual: yourself.

The injury made to the State and our generation is immense but the wound left in the memory of history is both immeasurable and perpetual.
As mentioned in the preamble of this note, the values we learned while in the seminary is still in us, and I believe that you still have the conscience to know that it is wrong to let poverty and injustice triumph in an environment where difference can be made. While I think that you can make this change happen, time is simply running against you and nature must have limited your vigor and rigor in making this happen due to your advanced age.

It is therefore only right, as nature requires, that you get some rest, while instituting the recommended agencies as a matter of urgency. It is time to reconcile with the nation, by leaving on a positive note. Our friend Goodluck Jonathan, after being a mediocre president, made alasting impression on the world and Africa by leaving office peacefully and ensuring a peaceful transition.

There are good examples to emulate. Our friend of Tanzania, president John Magufuli, took only three months to change the country, making great progress in a short span of time. In 33 years, absolutely nothing has been achieved and it is not in your advanced age that a difference would be made. Don’t tell me that you constructed a few kilometers road! No. Most of these are not roads. They are strips of vehicle paths which would not stand the test of time, weather and use.

There is no reason why we don’t have a 14 lane road from yaounde to Douala, connecting these vital cities.

Reading the Prince will teach you how to protect yourself, and definitely create more insecurity; but reading Zun Tsu will enable you protect all citizens including the prince, in his temporality. And the reason is simple, the State is always in permanent war, waged through diplomacy and commerce. This is not a fight for you and I and our children. It is a battle for all our people and our race – which we believe has come of age and must be redeemed from its abyss to the light of the day.

It is time for our democratic nausea, our economic hemorrhage, administrative paralysis and technological epilepsy to come to an end; and may the advent of respect, governance, hard work, innovation and creation lead the way for the new
Let the new era begin, the android era, the post-modern digital era characterized by governance, rule of law, investments and progress.
Long live the World Governance Board,
Long live the android generation,
Long live the enduring people of the republic of Cameroon
Long live a thriving Africa and all its people of the diaspora.

History can only be delayed; it always accomplishes itself.

1. The time has come when there shall be no more coup d’Etat nor perpetual rulers; for there shall be one State, one people and one abiding just law.
2. The time has come when our children would no longer be stewards or objects for others but rejoice freely in the prosperity of their land, sharing dignity and majesty that is theirs.
3. The time has come when our young, strong and brilliant brains would not longer die in foreign waters or alien jails seeking asylum, better lives or education; for there shall flourish knowledge, personal growth and common welfare.
4. The time has come when those who market us with the stigma of war, division, selfishness, diseases, ignorance and poverty would decline; for in this land they shall seek and find peace, security, unity, charity, health and true knowledge.
5. The time has come when our leaders would be ashamed to go abroad, nor hide stolen money or shamelessly bag; but rejoice in the blessing of their land, and invest daringly for its progress and prosperity.
6. The time has come when it shall no longer be a question of tribe, clan or ethnic grouping, but of justice, intelligence, hard work and competence.
7. The time has come when the world would no longer be ‘there’ where we strive to belong, for it shall be ‘right here’ where everyone would strive to belong.
8. The time has come when false prophets of pessimism, erring advisers and unskillful agents would be dissipated, for there shall arise hope, competence, growth, justice and the promise would be fulfilled.
9. The time has come when we shall no longer be beggars, borrowers, sub-agents and gatecrashers in the banquet of the world; for we shall be givers, lenders, the gateway and real stakeholders.
10. The time has come when these resources would no longer be given out in exchange for used made goods; for they shall be products at the service of our own goods and progress.
11. The time has come when the market and money shall no longer be ‘there’ but shall be ‘here’ and ‘here’; for we must have known that we are capable of going and being what we have desired.

History can only delay; it always accomplishes itself.

 

NO TRUST, NO PEACE, by Dr. Steven Nur Ahmed

Black Anguish

Sounds expressed in speech as words from one person to another turn every kind of wheel in our society and lubricate the very ball bearings which make their rotational movement in time possible. But not just any words can do that, rather they are words which carry in them the power of trust.

They are written in contracts between citizens, communicated through body language like a hand shake or they are orally expressed as ‘I give you my word’. But no matter how trust is communicated, society as a whole turns on the power of trust between the people of that society and their local, state, and federal governments.

When there is no trust there can be no peace between citizens and their governments. There can be no peace because the absence of mutual trust between government and citizens make citizens look for justice in the streets. While correspondingly, states become increasingly disposed to execute police power arbitrarily against its citizens to control them. Both a desperate citizenry searching for justice in the streets and the execution of arbitrary state police power to repress citizens are a recipe for social disaster.

The Ferguson, Missouri, grand jury decision not to indict police officer Daren Wilson is just another example of what happens when extreme state and local government incompetence become mixed with the myth of white supremacy. When citizens begin to seek justice in the streets, the state does everything to execute power in such a way as to maintain and advance their property rights over human rights. That includes their justice system.

The Justice System is just another mechanism white supremacists use to suppress the truth by twisting facts, by deleting facts, by ignoring evidence, by falsifying reports, by stacking juries to crank out legally binding decisions in their favor and by demonizing victims of injustice. But what should we, as African Americans, know about trust?

The amount of trust in a group is directly proportional to the amount of cooperation in a group. The amount of cooperation in a group is directly proportional to the work quality of a group. The amount of work quality in a group is directly proportional to the success of a group. And a successful group is a group with a high quality of life.

Trust has a unique nature. It is positive in its definition but unlimited in its scope to empower us. Trust means a feeling or feelings characterized by a maximum of calm, joy, confidence, cooperation, and assurance. Conversely, there is a negative definition. It tells us what trust is not; what it is utterly incapable of being. Trust is the absence of anxiety, in the form of apprehension and distress; it is the absence of conflict or competition. It is the absence of forced accommodation. It is the absence of controversy in our relationships.

By its very nature, trust fosters cooperation and moves people in consensual unison. The higher the trust the higher the unity. For example, think of a male and female relationship. Trust for them is foundational to sexual intercourse because at no time is a woman more vulnerable than when she allows a man to literally enter into her body and inject a foreign organic substance into her body. Therefore, a rational woman will want assurances from the man that he is clean and committed to her before she allows him to enter into her body.   

Likewise, a man is vulnerable when he exposes himself to a woman. He must also be given assurances from the woman that she is clean and has not exposed herself to unclean men before he exposes his penis to her vaginal secretions.  When both a man and a woman are mutually assured of the integrity of the other then each is qualified to enter into a contract to build a functional relationship. Such intimacy is possible because of trust. The power of that trust becomes a seed planted which has the potential to grow into a family.

The most dangerous enemy to trust is a lie.  If any person in relation to another tells a lie or if everyone in a group lies to each other then in proportion to their lying there is anxiety and thus a dysfunctional relation will grow between them.  We can now make a generalization.

Lying is the cause of dysfunction in our interpersonal lives. For that reason we cannot or do not trust one another. We cannot trust because we have lost confidence in those who live among us.

There is a psychology to our lack of trust. One reason that we ‘do not’ trust one another is because we are products of media propaganda. This propaganda when successful may result in our internalizing negative self images regarding our own physical characteristics into our subconscious mind. Those negative images then act as triggers which cause distress at our own ‘being who we are’. That puts us on continual defense.

No one wants to live in a family with their guard up; we want to live with our guard down. We want to live in peace with those we have learned to love. If a person must live in a family with his or her guard up then that family is dysfunctional and everyone in it will become more or less sick over time. But it does not end there at the door way of the family home.

Our communities are disproportionately unstable. This is due to the number of dysfunctional families in our communities. It is no wonder that today we as a people fail at forming functional families. Men don’t trust women and women don’t trust men. Mothers and fathers don’t trust children and children don’t trust mothers and fathers. Dysfunction will always follow in the absence of trust.

Only trust gives birth to family bonds of affection. And what holds a family together is the cooperation born by trusting one another.  What raises a family up to a high quality of life is trust.  And what enables each new generation of young people to trust is being born into families with the active capacity to trust in an actively trusting community of people.

Normally, we distrust that which threatens our well being. The distrust we feel when we are threatened is scientifically measurable as HIGH ANXIETY. When that happens we move away from the source of anxiety.

This is easily observable in all animals. A flock of birds will rest together in a tree. If they sense the presence of a cat then within seconds they scatter out of the tree away from the cat and into the air. This reduces their anxiety associated with death.

Human beings are no different. We too move away from what we perceive to be a threat to our family and individual well being. The problem for us, however, is that the normal anxiety aroused by an actual predator has been turned inward so that unlike the birds we are driven by anxiety to fly away from each other and even to feel uncomfortable in our own skin.

It is no wonder that we fail at forming business relationships, fail in school, and fail at discovering a non white supremacist knowledge of the nature of creation.

We fail at forming businesses because we fail to invest in forming trusting relations and thus cannot increase the cooperation to reduce the anxiety about working with one another. 

And so great is our anxiety in relation to our physiology that we will not even spend our money in businesses owned by our brothers and sisters. We fear raising them up higher than our own economic status. That fear becomes even more irrational when we envy and covet what our brothers and sisters have worked hard to earn for themselves.

We fail at forming our own schools because we have not become generally motivated to pursue a mastery of the sciences and modern technology. Instead, we pursue mythology in our backward gaze on long passed dead cultures and civilizations.

We must strive to overcome our failure at forming a clear and insightful knowledge of creation. An insight born out of our own minds as inspired by God and which is not dependent upon white supremacist mythology, nor dependent upon any other mythology nor white supremacist interpretations of creation. We must succeed at fostering that true vision of God; the God of Good, of Truth, of Oneness, and of Beauty.

Can we restore trust in our communities or at least restore enough trust to boost ourselves out of cultural stagnation? I think we can, but it will require hard work over many days, months, and years. Do we have the time we need to restore trust? I don’t know the answer to that question; but I do know this: we had better start trying right away.   

Trust spins our social world around and around. It generates the forces which keep our feet planted firmly on the ground of social life. It cements our relations of affection not only in the short term but in the long term. And, it protects us from social predators so that we can move in unison to avoid harm to one or to all.  Living in trust, we can build strong and lasting communities. Otherwise, if there is no trust among us here in the United States, then there will be no peace among us here in the United States.  

 

 

 

GOVERNMENT AND THE NECESSITY OF LYING, by Dr. Steven Nur Ahmed

Book Cover Earthcolony

Chapter 10

A cosmological worldview governed by duality and proportionate justice is inevitably reflected in social relations between all governments and their citizens.  Since that theory of nature allows for no absolutes, i.e., truth.  It follows that lying is unavoidable, and thus necessary for the preservation of the State. In fact, it is the belief that the ‘lie’ in state-craft is absolute. Most of what the citizens know of the state is cosmetic or appearance or image; it is propaganda.  Plato emphasizes this again and again. The State operates on premises quite different than those which it promotes to the masses. In order for the plutocratic caste to accomplish the ends of government, Plato posits the importance of lying and secrecy which is a privilege solely possessed by their castes.[1]  One can never get to the truth in government because government is the lie that ‘government is necessary’. By deduction it follows that Plato’s reasoning leads to this conclusion.  Freedom is impossible in relation to government.  For freedom and government are mutually exclusive.  For that reason the State or Government is always idling on high anxiety; its enemies are everyone everywhere who impulsively struggle for wiggle room out of their bondage to the lie, to the State.

Again, and for our purposes, we trace his emphasis on the necessity for State duplicity to his basic theory of the division of existence into the three basic phases of 1) pure being, 2) becoming, and 3) non-being or nothing.  Now, corresponding to those three aspects of being is Plato’s epistemology, i.e., what is it that a citizen can know?  There are again three possibilities.  One can know the truth through pure being; one may have an opinion which is more or less truth mixed with more or less falsity through becoming and perishing; and, one can have an illusory kind of knowledge, i.e., one can be ignorant and thus know nothing.[2]

The kind of knowledge associated with each aspect of being follows necessarily as a result of his theory of degeneration from pure being.  The human form by virtue of its admixture with physicality or matter can only know some truth which is unavoidably mixed with untruth, i.e., opinion.[3]  So, for Plato the controlling principle of government must be deceit because it is the controlling principle of material being, i.e., the mixture of some truth and some falsity.  The premise is simple. Some truth and some falsity equal falsity. For him this rule of duplicity is manifest in the depths of human nature as a dialectical struggle between ego and instinct.  But that struggle is analogous to the point just made above and we are left here with this fact: some ego and some instinct equal instinct. Revolt of the masses therefore is inevitable. For the plutocrats, that means they must 1) repress, i.e., become increasingly totalitarian over the masses or 2) they must flee for their lives or 3) they must die.

We shall see in later chapters how the Platonic theory of deceit became an effective tool in the use of ‘treaties’ (lying) to set the stage for the alienation, suppression, and repression of Native Americans, the Hawaiian people, and finally the American people.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



[1] Ibid, Book III, [382],[389] [414-416]

[2] Ibid, Book VII Allegory of the Cave [514-517], [532] also see Book VI, Plato uses an analogy: the good is to the soul what the sun is to the eye.[508][509] Lastly, for a full dialectical discussion see Book V {475-480]

[3] Ibid, Book VI, [508]: “…but when turned towards the twilight of becoming and perishing, then she [the soul] has opinion only, and goes blinking about, and is first of one opinion and then of another, and seems to have no intelligence?” [Italics mine]