The Afropolitan Intelligentsia


There is a school of thought,  shared by a group of intellectuals that are of African descent that posits Democracy as an enemy of progress to the African peoples. This is offensive on many levels, but lets not get into hyperbole and dramatics. One of the most fundamental aspects of progress is the ability to comprehend. In order to not come off as harsh or derogatory towards their thinking faculties, let’s put the disclaimer that there is no intent to cast them as such. Do we understand the meaning and purpose of Democracy? Again, no intention of being patronizing but clearly, is needed here.

  1. a system of government by the whole population or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected representatives.
    “capitalism and democracy are ascendant in the third world”
    synonyms: representative government, elective government;

    self-government,government by the people;
    “freedom of speech is essential to democracy”
    • a state governed by a democracy.
      plural noun: democracies
      “a multiparty democracy”
    • control of an organization or group by the majority of its members.
      “the intended extension of industrial democracy”
Some clarity on which parts of these definitions are not good for Africans or any people for that matter would be awesome. The fact that our educational and cultural systems haven’t evolved enough to have democracy operate smoothly doesn’t mean we aren’t suited for a fair system of government. Conversation over to you lot.

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