My politics align with those of


Border abolitionists. And I agree with the argument as put down by Achille Mbembe that if we want to conclude the work of decolonisation, we have to bring down colonial boundaries in our continent and turn Africa into a vast space of circulation for itself, for its descendants and for everyone who wants to tie his or her fate with our continent.

About makagutu

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

20 thoughts on “My politics align with those of

  1. john zande says:

    Become something like the USA?

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  2. jim- says:

    I like the idea. While you’re at it maybe slide the USA about a kilometer offshore the Côte d’Ivoire?

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  3. renudepride says:

    The idea is new and a definite improvement over what has clearly been a retaining of power-hungry border delineation. The EU model is much more enticing than the USA one. 🙂

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  4. Good idea, a bit late so, and too idealistic!

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  5. rautakyy says:

    There are borders between the Nordic countries, but one does not need even a passport to cross from one to another. The inspections to individual travellers are extremely rare. Ordinary people cross the borders on daily bases to go to work in a neighbouring country.

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    • makagutu says:

      Does this apply to non Europeans as well?

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      • rautakyy says:

        They can not make the difference, when almost nobody is even stopped by the border. Customs officers check big cargo transports, but the individual traveler just drives by the border in their car hardly even slowing speed and when a ship or a bigger ferry lands all the passangers see of anything remotely resembling an inspection might be a customs officer with a sniffer dog on some rare occasion.

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        • makagutu says:

          Ah ok. This is interesting. Maybe I should get a visa to visit

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          • rautakyy says:

            You are most wellcome on my part. Different Nordic countries have varying visa practices, so you might want to do some comparing for wich one to choose as you get the whole package through one, if you wish.

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  6. I love the concept of ‘border abolitionists’. Being a one world advocate for years, this aligns with my perspective. So don’t limit the idea to Africa – go for the whole planet. Will we live to see this happen? Of course not. But it is a worthy goal, if it can happen before the human species either destroys the planet or puts itself into extinction- whichever comes first.

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    • makagutu says:

      For this to have any chance of setting of the ground, our concept of property laws would have to change completely

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      • Absolutely! And who really has the right to own property? Ok, it may be arguable that after purchasing an iPhone with earned wages the consumer has the right to say that they own it, fine. But who can claim the right of ownership to a pond, or the stream that connects the pond to a lake, or the river that leads from the lake to an ocean? In this world, there are few that claim complete ownership of any ocean, but coastal States do claim ownership of all resources found within their respective Exclusive Economic Zones. Who gave them the right to make such claims? And zoom back upstream to the pond. Who claims ownership of the land surrounding the pond? How long have they owned it? Who did they purchase it from? If we consider the totality of human existence, at some point ownership was not achieved from an amicable purchase, but rather, some past occupant of the land was forcibly pushed off it, violently, often with fatal consequences. And the thief who did that would likely suffer the same fate as subsequent thieves with better weapons, more brute force and greater numbers arrived. Whatever land ownership that exists today is the result of the spoils of such crimes, in small patches of land, in regions, in some cases entire continents. It’s all the outcome of theft. It is not real. If there ever appears an effort of restitution for all who have had their lands stolen, the payment would bankrupt every financial institution on the planet. For that reason it will never happen. But if schools could begin to present an honest assessment of what lies behind property laws, and the inherent disadvantages (together with an honest portrayal of how profit poisons everything – consider healthcare as one obvious example, then education) maybe one day there will be hope for universal collectivism, in which the desire for ownership is frowned upon – perhaps considered as a sin (Jesus did suggest that one should give everything to those in need) yeah – land ownership could disappear, and we could even share iPhones amongst us, with no roaming charges.

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        • makagutu says:

          I think if we held land in common, and found way to heal ourselves out of consumerism or the psychosis of wanting to own more, we would begin to address climate catastrophes, and go towards open borders

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