By Teodrose Fikremariam
Source: Ghion Journal
I have given a lot of people whip lash over the past week. This singular question has greeted me often over the past seven days: after spending two years writing at Ghion Journal about the need to disavow cult of personalities and empower our communities instead, how in God’s name can I abruptly pivot on a dime and advocate the return of a monarchy in Ethiopia? These seemingly incongruent principles have a lot of people shaking their heads, this I know for sure, and some questioning my sincerity as I preached self-reliance only to dive head first into the sea of “high society”.
Although I explained my departure from journalism last week, what was missing in that missive was a broader explanation of why I elected to take a leadership role in an organization that advocates on behalf of royalty. I am taking this opportunity to explain my position with respect to the role of a monarchy in Ethiopia and why I believe that the only viable path away from the status quo is to go back to a system that at least had a level of accountability.
I know, it sounds jarring for me to state that monarchs were accountable. But I ask for your patience as I explain what seems like an obvious contradiction. Democracy is a sham. I do not say this for effect; after being intimately involved in US politics for most of my adult life, and after being bamboozled by the First Bank President in ways that still boggle my mind, I came to the realization that our government is intentionally broken beyond repair. The default mode in DC is gridlock, the only time the logjam is loosened is when the very wealthy demand action, the rest of the time inertia rules the day.
In this paradigm of paralysis, Democrats and Republicans are complicit in the continued raping and pillaging of our planet. What is true of America is true of my birth land Ethiopia and in most nations where “democracy” is lauded as the golden standard of liberty and self-determination. In truth, “democracy”—whether as a Republic or as a parliamentary system—is a bill of goods. The entire system is built on a foundation of lies where the proletariat are conditioned to believe we have a say as the plutocracy conspire behind the scenes to take away as agency.
I only realized the duplicity of the debased (you know I don’t call them elites)…