Don’t lend your support to crooks

In this Stoic meditation Massimo Pigliucci offers caution not to support leaders who drag their offices to the mud. I think he needs a session with out government. I am not sure whether there is any low they can go beyond where they have reached. But I am reminded that incompetent people are never short of surprises. When you think they can’t surprise you further, they outdo their last incompetence with something even worse.

And maybe Carl Sagan was right about politicians.

The words of Castro in History will Absolve me, can be used to refer to the present regime in Kenya. He said, in part

The previous regime was guilty of petty politics, theft, pillage and disrespect for human life; but the present regime increased political skulduggery fivefold, pillage tenfold, and has increased a hundredfold the lack of respect for human life.

The graft is mind boggling. The incompetence is beyond speech. Extrajudicial killings, demolitions and evictions the less said the better. And I am just beginning. And the same fellows are lined up to be in the next regime. How can a whole country be so collectively duped to elect thieves, idiots but I repeat myself.

In the same essay/ defense, he notes, of the Batista regime but which seems to be a mirror copy of the Uhuru/ Ruto regime

His regime brought merely a change of hands and a redistribution of the loot among a new collection of friends, relatives, accomplices and parasitical dregs that constitute the political retinue of a dictator.

Have you a warm day, will you.

About makagutu

As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

8 thoughts on “Don’t lend your support to crooks

  1. Neil Rickert says:

    Unfortunately, those of us in the USA have a crook as president.

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  2. Ron says:

    โ€œWhen you vote, you are exercising political authority, you’re using force. And force, my friends, is violence. The supreme authority from which all other authorities are derived.โ€~Robert Heinlein

    IOW, in casting a vote, you’re granting your tacit consent to submit to the authority of the winner.

    Those who do not vote withhold their consent to cooperate in a process that grants others the power to rule over them.


    • makagutu says:

      I hear Plato said something similar. Those who do not participate in politics consent to being ruled by their inferiors. But most often, even with participation, one still ends up with a crook


      • basenjibrian says:

        As did the sage George Carlin. RIT (Rest in Tumult. If there is an afterlife, I know he will be giving an eternal hard time to whoever is in charge wherever he is).

        Still…I am skeptical of the anarchist position as well. If we have no formal politics, there would still be “politics” of another, even more violent and probably unpleasant kind. At least, in the context of a world with billions of urban people. Ron’s position supports the arguments of the mask refuseniks who threaten us all. And count me skeptical that a volunteer force could, for example, really fight successfully 150,000 acre wildfires with voluntary contributions and civic minded volunteers. Just like the reliance on “community justice” completely replacing the police gives me the heeby jeebys.,


        • makagutu says:

          I, too, is skeptical of the anarchist position though sometimes i entertain the thoughts.
          In a world with billions of people, some state or organization is needed. I wish what we have now was better managed to serve as many people as possible. Or maybe it does.


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