Ethiopians must choose between Living Democracy And Living Tyranny – by Teodros Kiros (Ph.D)

September 15th, 2009 Print Print Email Email

The challenge is on. The next election is looming large in the people’s mind, provided that able leaders frame what is at stake with a convincing vision.

The choice is clear, and it is between Living Democracy organized by the principle of Ethiopianity and Living Tyranny organized by the principle of Ethnocentricity.

The principle of Ethnocentricity serves the interests of the tyrants in power, who in the name of Article 39, long overdue for obliteration, and sham Federalism, are dividing the people and traumatizing them with suspicion, jealousy and envy.

In direct contrast, Ethiopanity draws the people together, by gluing their occupation of public space through the multicolored tapestry of language, ethnic origin, gender and sex.

When Ethiopians come to the agora, they encounter total strangers but relate to them with the ease of Ethiopianity. They become friends easily. The conversation turns towards poverty. Attention is readily paid to alleviating the pain of the people. The grinding poverty of a sister, the death of a brother from AIDS, the jailed opposition leader, are experienced as the living moral tasks that affect every Ethiopian.

Whereas Ethnocentricity promotes selfishness and fear of the people, Ethipianity discloses their hidden kindness, their curiosity, their creativity, their compassion, and their willingness to die for the Ethiopian nation.

A silent covenant is established among Ethiopians that they must put an end to the sorrows of the people. They quickly agree that the task cannot be faced when Living Tyranny hovers over the people.

Only Living Democracy can address the unfinished business of the Ethiopian people.

Openness, dissent, and creativity are the indispensable tools of the Democratic personality. Unless Ethiopians are put on this democratic path, the nation cannot be developed meaningfully. It will remain the plaything of close-minded tyrants.

That is why the next election is crucial. Ethiopians must be ready and willing to die for Living Democracy by rejecting Living Tyranny at the voting booth.

  1. fuad
    | #1

    ወይ ምርጫ? ከደርግ ከ ከፋ አገዛዝ ስር ወድቆ ስለምርጫ አስቦ በምርጫ አምባገነንን ስለመጣል ሰው ሲያስብ በጣም ይገርመኛል:: ደርግ እኮ ምንም ክፉ ቢሆን ኢትዮጵያንና ኢትዮጵያዊነትን አይጠላም ነበር:: ወያኔ ኢትዮዽያንና ኢትዮዽያዊነትን ሻብያ ከሚጠላው በላይ እንደሚጠላው በትክክል ሁላችንም በአንድ ልብ ብንረዳው ኖሮ እንዲሁም የኢትዮጵያ ብቸኛና ብቸኛ ጠላት ወያኔ ብቻ መሆኑን አውቀን ብንንቀሳቀስ ትግሉን አንድ አቅጣጫና ፈር ባስያዝነው ነበር:: በዚህም ስቃይና መከራችንን ባሳጠርነው ነበር:: ያልታደልን ህዝቦች:: እርስበርስ መባላትን በጣም እንወዳለን::

  2. aha!
    | #2

    I agree with your modular context approach of delineating the two opposing forces, which I deliniate as the negative forces of disintegration and the positive forces of integration based on ethnic and national agenda, respectively. The most complex of all the political models, the TPLF/eprdf regime is depicted as multi-layered, hierachical political model. Sustaining and/or seemingly replacing the political model is Medrek (Forum for Democratic Dialogue), a mirror image of TPLF/eprdf and the third model encomassing the positive forces of integration of AEUP, EPRP, etc. In your dichotomy of Living Tyranny and Living Democracy, where does Medrek (Forum for Democratic Dialogue, including UDJP, loyalist oppositon parties and Tigrai Harena)fall in. You also asserted Living Democracy as a means to an end or as a stategy. From what is transparent Medrek does not have a strategyto engage in peaceful struggle over Ethiopian Unity, Freedom, Territorial Integrity and Sovernieghty of Ethiopia with its ethnic based agenda.

    To me the strategies that need to be supported are the push for HR2003-S3457 in the Senate in order to reset the foreign policy of USA to induce the regime to a free and fair election and the support of all parties of the 8-point precondition for election or else ultimatum, not “Living Democracy can address the unfinished bussiness of Ethiopian people” and use the part of the Diaspora funding for Ginbot 7 to lobby the US congress and the parties that are engaged in a genuine peaceful struggle and their media outlets.

  3. abbyca
    | #3

    why don’t we Ethiopian in diaspora lobbying HR2003 to pass the senate? If we do that we will succeed. Look how woyane almost kill the bill by lobbying. We can do better than that.

  4. Ethiopian from Boston
    | #4

    Theory about “Living with democracy….” by Mr. Hagos and false promiss by Meles to resign from his position of power is an instrument of deceit. For how long Ethiopians (excluding Tigrians) become the foolish victim of deception?? Let us recall a recorded fact of history that Emperor Yohannes IV betryed Theodros II by receieving 2,000 British Pound and 10,000 ammunition to lead the Napier expedition and killed the founding father of UNITED ethiopia. In like manner, Meles betryed the Ethiopian people by allowing Eriteria to seceed from the motherland. How then Ethiopians are given such a choice by Tekola and expect to live in such preceievd model of democracy?. Let Meles implement article 39? of the constitution, declare Tigrai’s freedom and close the chapter therefrom. We will be good neighbour and that is the unspoken language of every non Tigrian Ethiopians’ wish at heart. True or False???

  5. Anonymous
    | #5

    The role of Medrek is an open ended agenda. I have not looked at their agenda carefully to decide its place. I thank you for posing a very intersting question.

  6. adam
    | #6

    we choose democacy. we will fight weyane.

    VIDEO: Interview with Ethiopian Fighters | Amharic News (Sept 13, 2009)

    http://www.eastafro.com/Post/2009/09/14/video-interview-with-ethiopian-fighters-amharic-news-sept-13-2009

    http://www.eastafro.com/Post/2008/10/20/amharic-music

  7. fretsidiq
    | #7

    haaaa haaa…., alas! intellectualism coiled around ethno-nationalism induce half-hearted persona as unequivocally exhibited in the good Dr. rhetoric. Dr. kiros, you will never mount to something prudent as in our case, may be you are a good expert in the area where the majority of ethiopians hardly reach over, you may or can demystify the complex nature of kemetics’ collective consciousness which our present mode of thinking can’t philosophy, or you may sentimentalize the roars and lamentation of ethiopians in blank and white… so and so. But i assure you one thing, you cant whole-heartedly aspire weyane to be dethroned. That is not only the ethiopians aspiration or wish but it is an existential necessity guarantee for the country to proceed with sovereign identity. Thus, i am adamantly beseech your twist and deceitful intellectual maneuvering to be straighten up and involves a genuine “Ethiopiawinity”. we need facts to survival as nation but not myth as in democracy-though valid, the upcoming election will not be any different than the previous. therefore, what ethiopians seeking at the moment is how to embody the spirit of our forefathers and say no for tyrants who you inadvertently want to participate in the national election. Its time again for a referendum. Dr. kiros, your selected vocabularies alike “solidarity, unity, love and so forth have come short of etymological ground. first of, you should denounce all Ethno-Tigrayan nationalist inclusively. Ethiopians are fighting for justice for all, freedom for all, liberty for all unlike for the Tigrayans elites who prioritizing solely the security of Tigray and Tigrayans . WHAT WORRIES YOU AND THEREBY MAKES YOU INDULGE EXPONENTIALLY IN ETHIOPIAN POLITICS IS PLAINLY THE FATE OF THE COUNTRY AFTER POST WEYANE GOVERNANCE. Is not it true ? otherwise, you wouldn’t spend much time and discuss the election as the crux of our situation as opposed to encouraging united forces to eliminate Weyane. Luck would have said it! your disguised contention pretty much resembles ” yeferi dula”! Yet, that is your individual right…. i presume to believe also your academic credential may serve you as a vehicle to transport you beyond Tigray in action.

  8. kiros@fas.harvard.edu
    | #8

    If nothing else, I bessech you to read by In Defence of Ethiopianity and against Ethnocentricity, in the same website, and then write me an apology, for your posting.

    That is what a genuine and civil Ethiopian would do, in the old days.

  9. Ethiopian from Boston
    | #9

    FRETSIDIQ, Good job YAGERLEG!! YOU HAVE KNOCKED DOWN HIM WHERE HE CAN’T RESUSCITATE ANY MORE.

  10. Ethiopian from Boston
    | #10

    TEWODROS KIROS:
    YOU HAVE INVITED ONE OF YOUR CRITIC NAMELY FRETSIDIQ, TO READ YOUR ARTICLE WITH ITS GRANDIZED TITLE “IN DEFENCEOF OF ETHIOPIANITY AND AGAINST ETHIOCENTRICTY” AND ASKED HIM TO LET AN APPOLOGY BE WRITTEN TO YOU. THERE IS NO REASON THAT THE CRITIC SHOULD WRITE AN APOLOG FOR YOUR ACT. RATHER IT IS YOU WHO SHOULD ASK APOLOGY BECAUSE YOU ARE THE Jiraff who hit and cry fool. Regarding your invitation to HIM to read your article, however, doesn’t make any change in the heart because, as a Weyane supporter, hidden agent and defender of Seye Aberha, you need to await for the judgement day. Until then, Read Fekere Tolossa’s article “A HISTORICAL EXPLANATION : TPLF AS ETHNOCENTRIC….” , Written 18, February 1997. It is a medicine made from venom which you can ONLY understand that venom is a killer however. remember “Keebab Merz Medahinet Yeseral. Get a few pills of it to get cured from Tigrian ethnic disease.

  11. fretsidiq
    | #11

    DR. kiros. let me cite one of Nietzsche’s quote and may i calm you down through the way; here it is ,” he who has a why to live for can almost bear with any how” . To decipher the aphorism is your scholarly call. but as for me and my great ethiopians who are not myopic and thus see the political gesture and obscenity displayed in public arenas by ethnocentrist Tigrayans against the wish of ethiopians in diaspora and back home since the incumbent took power has been acrimonious and un called for. should your ”Ethiopiawinity ” be preached or lectured and thereby promulgate its essence, don’t you think it must be so among Tigrayan’s where at times wish to be identified themselves hypocritically an independent nation and deficient of empathy? can you tell me if i am wrong how the Tigray community particularly in Denver, co. organized and attributed to? what amazes me most and even at times become mesmerized by is the underpinning social fabric interweave the tigrayan elites-that is the paradoxical approach to ethiopiawinty. You have been a columnist for “Deki alula.com” along with some of your likes for sometime, and honestly speaking you Afrocentric perspectives and lectures have been worth of my time. the problem is that you freely explore the African sophy but narrowly localized yourself in Tigryans’ platform. your contribution to the majority has been weekend ’cause you chose your ethnic back ground and so gravitate to atone the ethnocentricist misdeeds. When do you think other political prisoners be mentioned and celebrated as you have done your share to SIye ? Where are the Oromos’, Agnwaks’, Amharas’, and so forth…political personalities who haven’t gotten your attention yet? DO you know these names for god sake, Debteraw? Aberash berta? Yishak debretsion? Gmechu Aba biya? and zillions more belittled and tortured every now and then by your Idol Siye and his dedebit comrades . Because of this and other reasons we ethiopians feel betrayed by contemporary Tigrayans’ elites therefore have the propensity to seek justice un segmented. Because of a half-hearted Tigrayan-Ethiopians, Weyane keeps broadening its comfort zone. The genuine contention here again is your political outlook doesn’t entail a thorough investigative report . finally, you ask for an apology and i say onto you if you are disparaged or emotionally tortured by mere opinion of mine, i would love to say -i apologize. But i do it just because you ask for it. Dr. kiros, please do me a favor, the majority of ethiopians deserve an apology from Siye abrha and encourage him to offer one!!. ” The altar cloth of an eon is the door-mat of the next” . thanks!

  12. Ethiopian from Boston
    | #12

    AN ARGUMENT WITHOT BEING ARGUMENTATIVE:

    The second comment and last paragraph of Fretsidiq is problematic because Seye Aberha who commanded the rebel group from the locust infested, mountain surrounded and lowland area of Dedebit to Addis Ababa, was not an act of Messianic mission thus didn’t produce anything be it democracy or human progress except to replace one dictatorship by another and, to facilitate Tigri’s separation from Ethiopia as well as to loot the country’s wealth. This, they accomplished by promoting ethnice division within the Ethiopian people so that, in the abscence of unity, such grand agenda is in progress and always beneficial. Melese as an Albanian actor (and Marxist) may not have much difference from that of the Christian figure, Seye Aberh, when it come to comit crime regardless of their diverse view on faith and political ideology. They are not alone, because they learned from their human God, Jesus of Nazareth who said: “I come to send fire on the earth and how I wish it were already kindled…. Do you suppose that I came to give peace on earth? I tell you NOT at all but rather division. For from now on, five in one house will be divided, three against two and two against three. Father will be divided against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother. Mother in-law against her daughter in-law and daughter in-law against her mother in-law (see Luke 12:49-53). Furthermore, Jesus said: “Take my enemies who would not have me rule over them , bring them here and kill them before me” (see Luke 19:27) I heard that seye was revered by some Tigreans because he was the one who led the Woyane army to the Eriterian front but Melese reversed the course. These two pesonalities as well many other accomplies are in the business of high crime who murderd in the undered of thousends and lootedthe country which, one day, they will return to the people after this dark period.

    Therefore, Seye Abrha who put 300,000 national gurds in a homeless state,or begger, and agreed with Meles to permit Eriteria to seceded, facilitate Tigri’s future secession from her motherland and had no say a WORD on the aftermath May 19997 election can not escape justice bt mere applolpgy to the Ethiopian people. If that is the case, Meles should be permitted likewise. Here, all Ethiopians (except Tigrians) desperately need to see the war crime proceeding (like the Nuremberg Trial of the Nazi Party) against all criminal and Seye or anybodys’ apology is another betryal of justice. Some people attempt to show some compassion to seye because, they alleged that he had been prisoned and that was enough. Regrettable, his arrest was for the corruption charge not the crime on humanity. Even if we consider his punishment as remedy, does he received tourture, hunging 3-4 kilos of weight on his organ so that he would seek no more …? Why such crime is carried on the two Amhara generals who are now in state prision in the country????????

  13. kiros@fas.harvard.edu
    | #13

    Dear Fretsidiq;

    I accept the apology, although, you say you did not mean it; and I say to you that I did not think I was promoting Ethnocentricity, when I columnized for Dekialula. It was the generosity of the Editor which led me there. I cannont tell you how many times my articles get rejected by Ethiomedia, for no reason,whereas Dekialua gave me the forum to publish my articles.

    You are absolutely right about my ignorance concering the horrid plight of my oroma brothers and sisters roting in Melels torture chamaber. I will immediately write article on all those prisoners about whom you educated me.

    Thank you my brother, and I geniunely apologize for not paying attention to important matters.

  14. Anonymous
    | #14

    Dr, Kiros, should my apology seems of no contrition just as in ” yihuda’s” case, i would like to do it in St. Peter’s way-who knows…. i may adhere Gnosticism and benefited from its esoteric teaching. you would know how its doctrine exonerates Yihuda’s sin and honors him otherwise for he hasten up the crucifixion of his Master LOL!. Any which ways, beside my poor understanding of how an apology is being conducted or what prompts one to forgive, irrespective of that, I am smitten by your humble response to the point where i can’t utter few words back!. Thank you for reconsidering other significant matters in addition to ” self-construction and the formation of human values” and other invaluable teaching of yours. if we are all motivated by the very virtues of justice and dwell in the larger scale of ” rational morality”, i strongly believe humanity in general comprise of all values, meanings, and so shall see our predicaments come to an end. Ethiopia will prevail if “Ethiopiawinty” solely pervades our thoughts. Thanks again!

  15. FRETSIDIQ
    | #15

    Dr, Kiros, should my apology seems of no contrition just as in ” yihuda’s” case, i would like to do it in St. Peter’s way-who knows…. i may adhere Gnosticism and benefited from its esoteric teaching. you would know how its doctrine exonerates Yihuda’s sin and honors him otherwise for he hasten up the crucifixion of his Master LOL!. Any which ways, beside my poor understanding of how an apology is being conducted or what prompts one to forgive, irrespective of that, I am smitten by your humble response to the point where i can’t utter few words back!. Thank you for reconsidering other significant matters in addition to ” self-construction and the formation of human values” and other invaluable teaching of yours. if we are all motivated by the very virtues of justice and dwell in the larger scale of ” rational morality”, i strongly believe humanity in general comprise of all values, meanings, and so shall see our predicaments come to an end. Ethiopia will prevail if “Ethiopiawinty” solely pervades our thoughts. Thanks again!

  16. FRETSIDIQ
    | #16

    My dear, Ethiopian from Boston, thanks for your comment. i can’t say much for we are not diametrically opposing. i might not have said it loud what you had to say to me, but contextually i am with you and thanks again.

  17. yegermal
    | #17

    You had accepted an appology from one of your critic even though none was offered to you in any sense of the word. Why don’t you also appology for victims of Amharas in which, like the Oromo intellectuals mentioned by Fretsidiq, many have fallen as a victim by Weyane regime. The true apology you need to offer, however, is not to a certain ethnic group but to the Ethiopian people because, in the end Tigray will not survive by itself as the case of Eritrtia has witnessed to history. Also stop serving Meles secretly as much as Beyene Petros and Lidetu (Kehedetu) Ayalew did.

  18. Ethiopian from Boston
    | #18

    FRETSIDIQ:
    Thank you for the message that you have posted. I have read and accepted
    wholeheartedly.

  19. kiros@fas.harvard.edu
    | #19

    Dear Fretsediq;;

    Inspired by your biting critque, I have now posted a new article, as an expression of respect for your call. Indeed, your critque has given me a vision with a program, which I hope you will support and spearhead as one of its leaders.

    May God bless us all.

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